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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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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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Great for kids

We stopped while in the area. If we had children, we would have paid $3.50 for the tour. We purchased several bags of the pretzels for gifts. Nice little stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

May be children can enjoy it.... and the pretzel we ate there was amazing. But the tour is simply under the level of any normal intelligent educated person.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This very interesting attraction is great for both adults and children. Our guide Fred gave a very informative and amusing talk on how the factory started. Then visitors get a hands-on lesson on making a pretzel. A free bag and a chance to buy more was a great way to end the tour.

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Springfield, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped while in the area. If we had children, we would have paid $3.50 for the tour. We purchased several bags of the pretzels for gifts. Nice little stop.

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Brackney, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A tour is only as good as your guide. Ours was excellent. We received certificates stating we are Official Pretzel Twisters. That was a nice hands on activity. My husband is in a wheel chair and they accommodated him so he could be part of the entire tour. Nice visit for young children, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here with our 5 grandkids and we enjoyed the history of this place. Very nice people. Enjoyed the gift shop! Lots of goodies! This little town is very neat!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a very cool stop. Loved learning about the making of the pretzels and the history of Julius Pretzel Bakery. My son loved being able to "make" his own pretzel. I loved the varieties of flavors and the gift packs available. Very informative and fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived by 9a and were in the first tour group at 9:30a . We all lined up on both sides of a long table and our host , who pointed out he was NOT a Sturgis !!! He handed us each a roll size piece of dug and told us to roll it into a rope and use a... More 

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had taken my children to this factory more than 25 years ago and my daughter still remembered it. OK, you don't get to wear the paper baker's hat or actually cook your own pretzel but you do get to roll out a pretzel (using inedible dough) and you get an informative short tour about pretzels. Our guide was very... More 

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Ashtabula, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the tour to learn about pretzel making. It was fun and informative. Nice little gift shop. Friendly staff. Worth your time.

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited recently with our daughter and three young granddaughters. The tour guide did an excellent job talking about the history of the factory and the steps in making pretzels. He demonstrated the several antique pieces of equipment. The little girls enjoyed the opportunity to twist their own pretzels. We enjoyed samples of pretzels and were given... More 

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