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“Skipped the Tour, Enjoyed the Soft Pretzels”

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, 2013

Located in historic (and very touristy Lititz), this is the site of the first commercial pretzel bakery in the USA. The "house" was built in 1784 and is one of the oldest structures still standing in Lititz, having been built using stones dug up from the road and timber from the nearby woods. It is a very quaint building.

In 1850's, Julius Sturgis had a bread bakery here and in 1861 opened the first commercial pretzel bakery here. Originally pretzels were served soft, but later on the hard pretzel was created here in this factory.

The Sturgis family is still making pretzels, but not here - in another town in PA in a modern industrial factory. This is just the store and museum in Lititz. Although cheap (only $3), there is not much to the tour and the pretzel you get to make as part of the tour is not edible. The tour might be fun for youngish children, but really not that great.

Although I skipped the tour, I highly recommend stopping here. Besides the gift shop, there are excellent soft pretzels for sale ($0.99 each - a bargain, plus I had a BOGO coupon!). Two large, tasty soft pretzels for only $0.99 total! The pretzels were great, very fresh unlike most soft pretzels you can purchase (e.g., Auntie Anne's, etc.) and had just the right amount of salt.

My recommendation is skip the tour, but do get the soft pretzels; they are great! Wonderful to munch a pretzel as you stroll the historic streets of Lititz.

2  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is one of those enjoyable little stops on a family trip. Though pretzels are no longer made there, the original home of Julius Sturgis's pretzel bakery includes all the original rooms and material used in baking pretzels. Visitors learn how to "tie" pretzels, and then see how the dough is made and the pretzels are baked. The guides are very knowledgeable and very friendly. If you're in the are and have an hour or so to spare, this is a must visit place!

Thank jkeenley
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

You cant go wrong visiting the oldest pretzel bakery in the country. Its very inexpensive (I think it was $4) for a short 15 minute tour. Its great for kids as you get to roll your own pretzel, although you dont actually bake it. You also get a certificate in pretzel making, also a thrill for kids . The baking room is very old and the guides do a good job of informing you all about the process. The gift shop is loaded with scrumptious items so this is a quick and fun, yet inexpensive must see!

1  Thank dbish33
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

My family and I took this tour and it was lovely. We made pretzels and learned a ton about how the first hard pretzel was made. Our tour guide was really informative and did a great job with kids. Julius Sturgis was quite the inventor. Don't miss this one!

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

LOTS of fun for children & adults. So glad we went. I enjoyed taking photos, learning the history of the hard pretzel & I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Hope to take grandchildren in a year or two--when they're old enough to understand better.

Thank LoloRuralMD
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