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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Lititz
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 2, 2012

My family loved this little tour and all the variety of pretzels that the store had to offer. BEST soft pretzels! Well worth the price of $12 for 6 of us!! Kids and Adults had fun and really enjoyed all the history and info on pretzels. Must Do this if you are in the Litilz area!

Thank Karyn H
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

You can find out on this fun, yet inexpensive ($3.00 per person) 20-30 minute tour, that includes how to twist your own pretzel and the story of the Sturgis family. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and personable - she made the tour very interesting.

The gift shop has a lot of great options and most items, especially the pretzels themselves, are very inexpensive. You definitely need to get a soft pretzel!

This was an unexpected highlight during our trip to Amish Country.

Thank diva3713
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

The pretzel factory is a fun way for kids to learn more about the PA pretzel making experience with a hands-on opportunity to make and bake your own. Yum!

Thank andi88
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Have you ever really thought of how 1 of your favorite snack foods was made? Or what its history is? How was it invented? If so, then this is the place to visit. Founded in 1861, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. You get to tour the original bakery and get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting (disappointingly, not with real dough). Though not used anymore for baking its well-known and loved hard pretzels (that's done in nearby Shillington, just outside of Reading), it was still interesting to tour the original bakery. It was quaint and a bit too touristy, but enjoyable. The tour guide, Zachary, was obviously speaking a very scripted story-line and thus seemed a little phony. Overall, this is worth the trip and the $3 admission fee. After the tour, you get a free sample bag of pretzels and can purchase any number of other pretzel products. They also sell t-shirts, which I would have purchased had they been cheaper (they were over priced at $15.00).

Thank Adam C
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

The 30 minute tour allows you into the original bakery where you twist a soft pretzel and see the pretzel ovens. (You don't cook your pretzel; you leave the ball of dough for the next tour). The price of the ticket gets you a free snack bag of sample pretzels. You can buy hard and soft pretzels in the gift shop. Free parking in the back.
We went to Wilbur Buds Chocolate Co. afterward.

Thank reader40Maryland
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