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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
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+1 717-626-4354
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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The beautiful old historic building drew us in and we thoroughly enjoyed the "pretzel history." We plan to return with our grandchildren. An added plus is the beautiful town of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of favorite yours! Get to roll dough and make a pretzel. Learn about the history of how hard pretzels came into being and how production changed over the decades!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everyday, you learn something new and today it was about the history of pretzels. A 25 minute tour gave us the history of pretzels and of the Sturgis business. We even learned how to twist a pretzel. You can buy fresh soft pretzels or a variety of hard pretzels or memorabilia in their small store. The staff is knowledgeable and... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The beautiful old historic building drew us in and we thoroughly enjoyed the "pretzel history." We plan to return with our grandchildren. An added plus is the beautiful town of Lititz.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much fun to enter this building built in 1784, to take a tour of the factory, twist your own pretzel, or buy bags of pretzels, local candies, and fun t-shirts. You can buy two soft pretzels for less than $2!!! And when you are done, you can walk right out onto Main Street in the 'coolest little town" in... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mom and I loved learning the history of the pretzel and twisting our own. It's basically play dough so you can't eat your masterpiece. However for $1 you can buy pretzels hot from the oven and they are well worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour and the history of pretzels is fascinating. Not going to share don't want to spoil the story. Great tour to take while visiting Lititz. Not expensive and you get to make and taste some pretzels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with family from Lancaster PA and had a great time! Great tour and history lesson. While we were waiting for our tour we ate fresh hot soft pretzels right from the oven . We learned how to make pretzels and received small bag of pretzels after tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 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 22 November 2016 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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