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“Thought all Pretzels taste the same”

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 July 2, 2010

Cute little historic town, and spot. Little 30 minute tour, if you will, and rolling of dough to form a pretzel was about $3.00 pp, $2.00 kids.
Thought it would include the baking also, but discovered they do the baking at main plant. The young girl who demonstrated the rolling of the dough and the significance of the pretzel was cute. I did learn the religious meaning of the typical shaped pretzel, which I didn't know before.
Looked at the ovens which used to be used way back when.
Kids we were with, aged 9, 11 & 12 liked the rolling of the dough.
Received a sample bag of their tiny pretzels which we didn't open until the next day, and quickly discovered just how tasty the pretzels were. Will probably order some on line in the future

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Reviewed May 9, 2010

We visited this pretzel bakery at the end of a long day touring the Lancaster area with our 9-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Both agreed it was a highlight of the day. Very interesting to learn about the pretzel history and see the original ovens and methods, and the kids loved learning how to make pretzel shapes with dough. So great to have a hands-on activity! The store was also full of pretzel treats, of course. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Reviewed January 24, 2010

We were visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Factory a few blocks away & saw a sign in their store about the Sturgis Pretzel Factory. We decided to stop & I'm glad we did! The building is very old & retains its original character. We decided to take the tour ($3 for adults, $2 for children) and received a tour of the bakery as well as a very informative lesson about the history of the pretzel, the building & the Sturgis family. We were also shown how to roll & twist our own pretzel which was fun & a big hit with the little ones in the group. At the end of the tour each person received a small bag of Sturgis Pretzels. There is also a store where you can sample & purchase a variety of their pretzels. The town of Lititz is about a 20-30 minute drive from Lancaster. The main street has lots of interesting & cute shops and is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 19, 2009

Took a tour of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA on a cold, rainy day in October 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour starts in the front portion of the building in a waiting room with pictures and stories posted on the walls. It is fun to look at the pictures and read the stories while waiting for the tour to begin. The tour begins at the twisting bench where your tour guide shows you how to roll out the dough and twist your own pretzel. He also gives you a history of pretzel baking, a history of pretzel making in Lititz and a history of the ownership of the bakery. Julius Sturgis' pretzel bakery was the first commercial bakery in the United States dedicated solely to the production of hard pretzels. Who knew?

After you finish rolling, you proceed to the area where the ovens are located and the actual pretzel production used to take place. None of the original ovens are currently being used to produce pretzels although, according to the tour guide, there are plans to fire one of the original ovens with natural gas to start producing pretzels again. The bakery currently is only producing soft pretzels in an electric oven in the bakery room. At the end of the tour, they give you a small bag of pretzels produced by Tom Sturgis in Reading, PA. Tom Sturgis is a direct descendant of Julis Sturgis.

After the tour, you can buy some pretzels made by Tom Sturgis in the gift shop. They also sell the soft pretzels that are made on-site. Tom Sturgis' pretzels are superior to any other brand of commercially produced pretzels I have ever had. It is worth buying a few bags of them when you are there.

The entire tour lasts about 10-15 minutes. This is not an attraction that is going to fill up your entire day, but rather can be part of a circuit of attractions to be visited in a day. The pretzel bakery is right around the corner from the Wilbur Chocolate factory so it is easy to visit both.

If you are looking for something to do in Lititz (very close to Lancaster, PA) stop by the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery!

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Reviewed August 29, 2008

Don't go too far out of your way for this, but if you're up for a short, pleasant stop, this works.

Key for us was the guide--a Sturgis family member who was genuine and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Kids enjoyed making pretzel, we learned some interesting things, got a bag of pretzels each for the road and had a pleasant half hour or forty minutes. Town is cute too.

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