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.
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