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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
Phone Number: 717 626 4354
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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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Chocolate Pretzels

There have a 1/2 tour and talked about the pretzel factory and how the pretzels were made. They had us roll a piece of dough and showed us how to make a pretzel. Have a large... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We happened upon Julius Sturgis while we were shopping in Lititz. We were fortunate to be able to get in on an end of the day tour. The lady who gave us the tour was very knowledgeable and made the experience fun. We all tried our hand at twisting pretzels - with varying degrees of success. The baking of hard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There have a 1/2 tour and talked about the pretzel factory and how the pretzels were made. They had us roll a piece of dough and showed us how to make a pretzel. Have a large selection of pretzels for sale.

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Thank LINDA J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you think a pretzel is a pretzel, then you need to take this tour and taste the difference! You see where and how hard pretzels were made for many years... and you even get to try your hand at twisting.

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Thank Rick S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised with all the history and enjoyed the pretzels. They let you make some, with play dough and they give you real samples

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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You are given a brief history of the pretzel and taken into a bakery that made pretzels. A piece of PlayDoh is put in front of you and you pretend to make a pretzel. The history is interesting, but you do not have an opportunity to actually see the pretzels being made. The hard pretzels are made in another site... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the tour AND the pretzels! The history and family legacy of this place is fascinating. It was well worth the admission fee!

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great interactive talk and tour! Made our own pretzel, got a certificate for effort! Learned a lot about pretzel making...and of course had the best soft pretzel ever!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has not changed since I came here with my parents. And that's a good thing. Now with my grandkids it is just as good. Kids love it, parents like the history. Pretzels are very good, soft and hard varieties.

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Thank Stefan L
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Pennsylvania for a business trip and had a couple of hours to kill before returning to Atlanta. A trip through Amish Country was an amazing experience, topped off with a stop in Lititz, known as the coolest small town in America. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is a place you MUST stop while in Lititz. They make the... More 

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Richmond, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hot, fresh soft pretzels were amazing! We picked up a few bags to bring home, and they're great, too! Will definitely return the next time we're in the area.

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