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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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We did this when our children were young, then decided to do it again now that a daughter is living in the area. It was still fun to learn how to roll a pretzel and see the old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Severn, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ever wanted to know the history of pretzel making? This is the place! You can even become an official pretzel twister during the tour!!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really looking forward to visiting this place as we drove from Harrisburg to Lititz. After almost an hour's ride we reached there. They have tours every half hour and each tour lasts for about 20 mins. We reached in time for the 3pm tour. The pretzel bakery is a cute lil place with few historic pictures and old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the tour! Twist your own pretzel! Get a certificate! See the history of Jules Sturgis and the Sturgis Pretzel factory. Informative and fun. Learn the meaning of the pretzel and why it is shaped the way it is! Then take your picture in with the giant pretzel in front of the store! Make some memories!!!

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Thank Lesliew91
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed taking a tour. Had a great time and the staff was very nice. Very affordable and enjoyable for our adult family

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great stop if you want experience the history of the hard pretzel. The presentation was fun and interactive and our guide did a great job of storytelling and giving the history of the family and how the hard pretzel came to be. Seeing the old ovens and feeling the heat was an eye opener. They are up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this when our children were young, then decided to do it again now that a daughter is living in the area. It was still fun to learn how to roll a pretzel and see the old ovens. Try it!

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Thank Barbara T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband were in the area and decides to take tour. I believe it was around $3.00 per adult. Tour was about a half hour long. During the tour you learn about the history of pretzels and the bakery. We had the opportunity to make our own pretzel but unfortunately they do not offer you the chance to bake it... More 

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South Mountain, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family fun learning how to actually roll and make a pretzel from a piece of dough and history of how it got its shape and what it means. Was fun, enjoyable, and the fresh hot pretzel is mighty tasty.

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great small tour of an original pretzel bakery. Great products I bought the store out. Very cheap and kid friendly. If in the Lititz or Lancaster area worth a stop. Very nice town!

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Huntsville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our family vacation. Tickets were very reasonably priced- less than $10 for our family- and the tours were a fun way to spend the afternoon breaking up driving tours of Amish Country. We arrived around 12:15 and it was very crowded- had to wait for a 1:00 tour but meandering around looking at the small... More 

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