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“Lots of history in a small, hard pretzel bakery”

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Lititz
Certificate of Excellence
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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 20 October 2013

Our tour guide was a student who has lived in Lititz her whole life. She was knowledgeable about the pretzel making processes and local connections. She offered much background information on the Sturgis family and what the pretzel shape is all about. A fun and tasty history lesson! Small shop for pretzel purchases is available.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The smaller children were only interested in learning how to shape a pretzel. Very informative about how the bakery worked back in the day. Very little stuff to look at in the gift shop.

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

A really neat place to tour. It had the old ovens and some of the old equipment used to make pretzels. Got to make a pretzel and see how the equipment worked. Buy a soft pretzel before you leave.

Thank John M
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This is not a factory-type tour of mass produced pretzels but a mini-tour of the area where soft pretzels are made the old fashioned wsy. It was very interesting and the guide was very enthusiastic. Both adults and children enjoyed the opportunity of making a soft pretzel. The charge a small fee of $3 and have a gift shop where you can buy t :) e products.

Thank Najarus
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

no matter how old you are, this is an enjoyable tour to go on. you get to make your own pretzels which is really neat (although they don't actually get cooked which is a bummer). there is a good backstory and history of the building, the Sturgis family and how the pretzels came to be what they are today. it's not a long tour by any means but they do offer free samples (at least when me and my gf were there they did). afterwards, there is a small shop to buy all sorts of pretzels and novelties.

however, while there on Columbus Day my gf was treated very rudely by 1 of the staff members in the shop. the fresh pretzels were being sold quickly due to the demand and one girl was making sure to give bags with numbers of pretzels written on them (like a pre-paid ticket). after the fresh batch came out, my gf told a different girl at the register that she had paid already and was waiting on 1 as shown by the bag. The girl subsequently took the last one knowing my gf was right there waiting and gave it to someone who had just been rung up at the register. She did not even acknowledge my gf other than to say "sorry" very snottily. Then when asked for a refund, the girl had an attitude. Very disappointed by the treatment.

Thank Brian K
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