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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
+1 717-626-4354
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First Time To Roll A Pretzel

Fun to do, especially for kids of any age. History of pretzel making right here where it all... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2015
Marlin M
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Fun Factory Tour

Well, this was the first pretzel factory in America. It is old and funky and no longer in real... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2015
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
+1 717-626-4354
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

Fun to do, especially for kids of any age. History of pretzel making right here where it all started here in the U.S. . Just one of the many historical aspects of the unique town of Lititz. Had a great time here with my grand...More

Thank Marlin M
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Well, this was the first pretzel factory in America. It is old and funky and no longer in real operation, although they do make a few soft pretzels there still. But, still the tour was great. Our guide, Kevin was knowledgable and helpful. He explained...More

Thank yeatswan
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Well, when the kids were young we discovered this place, took the tour, learned how to twist pretzel dough and returned many times for bags of broken pretzels--seriously, they were the broken ones they could not sell in the nice packaging but would bag up...More

Thank auntjj_12
Reviewed 7 December 2015

This was a very informative little tour through an old factory. One of the best parts is they show you how to twist pretzels. The building itself is very old and was a little hard to find at first. They do give free samples at...More

Thank mcoboundNj
Reviewed 30 November 2015

If you’re in the Lititz area, it’s a cute little tour. It’s the history of pretzel-making. You see some of the old equipment that was used. You are given a small piece of dough and are showed how to roll it into a pretzel shape...More

1  Thank elaine212
Reviewed 29 November 2015

My two children and I visited on a weekday afternoon. We were the only three on our tour. Our tour guide was a very nice young woman who was very knowledgeable. The antique equipment was well maintained and really made us appreciate modern innovations. It...More

1  Thank Marie S
Reviewed 18 November 2015

We took the tour. It was simple. More of an explanation of how pretzels were made. You won't see them being made now. You get a piece of dough and can roll and shape your own pretzel but it won't be cooked and you can't...More

Thank JC82010
Jennifer B, Manager at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2015

Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate any feedback we get! That is correct, you will not see pretzels being mass produced in our facility. With the evolution of equipment, modernization, and government regulations, we are not capable of mass production in our facility....More

Reviewed 16 November 2015

My girlfriend and I visited here on a trip to Lititz and were pleasantly surprised! This small little bakery showed how pretzels where made here over 100 years ago. There is a small demonstration where you learn how to twist the dough to make the...More

Thank DreamRycher
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Friendly staff and tour guide. Our kids enjoyed making the pretzels. The tour is nice and informative, while being short, so it's easy to do with kids along. Their pretzels are delicious, and we especially loved the peanut butter topped ones!

Thank MG142
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

We stopped by while on vacation. The staff were so helpful and gave samples which lead to our purchases. Great place to visit!

Thank MoPaula
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Cristina B
30 December 2016|
Response from Mosslady53 | Reviewed this property |
They are open 9AM to 4PM on December 31, 2016
12 September 2016|
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Response from chachagborjen | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot . Right next to it
18 June 2015|
Response from Kurt V | Property representative |
Yes we will be. Our hours will be 9 am to 5 pm and our tours will start at 9:30 am and run every half hour on the half hour throughout the day with the last one at 4:30 pm