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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Phone Number: 717 626 4354
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Description: The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first...
The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. As of August 2007, the site is under new ownership. The bakery and store have been completely renovated and are now operated once again by the Sturgis family. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, see soft pretzels being made by hand, and find pretzels baked by the oldest pretzel baking family in the United States.
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Fun educational tour

I did not know there was this much to know about pretzels. Most interesting was this is the First Pretzel Bakery and 80% of the pretzels in the US are baked within 100 miles of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Glenn Dale, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The last time I was up in Lititz I stopped here for the pretzels but didn't do the tour. This time I did the tour and was glad I did. It was very interesting to know how "hard" pretzels came into being and how pretzels were made then and are made now. After the tour, we loaded up on a... More 

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Nice informative tour of the first pretzel factory. Tour guide was bubbly and knowledgeable. We made our own pretzels from play dough and learned the significance of the shape. Inexpensive admission and a fun time. Yummy pretzels along with a great history lesson.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I did not know there was this much to know about pretzels. Most interesting was this is the First Pretzel Bakery and 80% of the pretzels in the US are baked within 100 miles of Lititz.

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York, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Lititz is a wonderful day trip town. The pretzel tour allows you to learn how to twist a pretzel and learn the history of a tasty snack food. There is a gift shop, & you may purchase fresh brick oven baked soft pretzels after the tour. Many things to see and enjoy in Lititz!!

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Florence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Cute little pretzel bakery with a great history. The tour is inexpensive and fun to take. As you can see by photos posted, you learn to twist pretzels which is kinda fun to do. Inexpensive to buy also! Love the little town surrounding it too!

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Windham, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We opted to take the pretzel tour (kids were really interested).The tour was super cheap and fun! We learned so much and were even able to roll out and twist our own pretzel.Left the tour with a sample bag. Then we stopped by the store on the way out, they have the best soft pretzels I've ever had.The hard pretzels... More 

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Montville, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Bakery tour was fun and hands on. Kids will love it. Fee is nominal at $3.50 and it is interesting if you are a pretzel lover. They have a small store front where all types of pretzels can be purchased. Ourr favorites are the soft pretzels and the Jalapeno flavored.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We stopped in yesterday to buy some pretzels and decided to take the half hour tour. The fee was a nominal $3.50 but we were able to learn a lot about the history of pretzels in Lititz as well as how it was done in the old days. Josh, our tour guide was extremely knowledgable in all of the aspects.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My wife and I were impressed with the tour of this bakery and how it was so hands on. We really enjoyed being taught haw to make pretzels. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

we surprised my son in law who is a huge pretzel eater and took him here for the tour. the history is interesting and the pretzels taste great. also walk around lititz and enjoy the small shops along of course with wilbur chocolate store

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