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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
Phone Number: +1 717-626-4354
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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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History lesson made Fun for Everyone

As many times that I have been to Lancaster and the surrounding area this is the first time I have made a trip to Lititiz, PA. I was going there for another reason but learned... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This trip was a revisit to a place went to with my cousins about forty years ago when I was a teenager. It's still fun to go and learn how to twist a pretzel and how/why the pretzel was invented.

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Thank GiantCat
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit of a distance from other shops on Main Street. Didn't take the tour but checked out the pictures and store. Store is very small and hard to look around when the line forms. Youth cashier, okay customer service but very robotic speech. Long wait for pretzels, zero communication from baker's to register. Pretzels warm but just okay.

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Keyser, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the best $6 I've ever spent. I took my 7 year old son and he loved learning how to make a pretzel. You even get a free bag of pretzels at the end.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great little tour to take. Doesn't last more than 45 minutes, so it won't take all your time - but very informative, fun, and the staff is very friendly. You get a real glimpse into how thing were done 100 yrs ago. Also get to roll your own sift pretzel - it's a blast for all ages.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a weekend getaway and were in the Lancaster area. We stopped here and found it a great tour. I wouldn't say to travel far and make this your only stop. It's a quick tour or pretzel making in the original bakery where hard pretzels pretty much started. You get to lean how to twist pretzels...see the ovens...and... More 

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Lancaster County be sure to carve out about 30 mins for the Sturgis pretzel bakery and tour. Fun for the whole family. You'll learn the origin of the pretzel, practice your dough twisting technique and hear how Julius Sturgis created the first hard pretzel. You'll also be treated to a sample bag of pretzels after the tour. Not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour was fun and informative. Lasts 25 minutes. Pretzel prices were very reasonable. Fun for adults and families.

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Leonard, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Lititz, PA to find the original soft pretzels. This was so much fun! For $3.50 a person, you get a guided tour of the original pretzel factory made by Julius Sturgis. You get to make your own soft pretzel with instructions from your guide. ( You won't get to eat it though due to FDA regulations.) Take... More 

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Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As many times that I have been to Lancaster and the surrounding area this is the first time I have made a trip to Lititiz, PA. I was going there for another reason but learned that there was other things to see and do. From the visitor center in Lititz, you walk to the light, make a left and walk... More 

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stop in and enjoy a little piece of Lititz and Lancaster history. You get to learn some history of the pretzels and try you hand at twisting some too.

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