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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
+1 717-626-4354
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Delicious Pretzels

While this store is small, it was loaded with inexpensive items to take along. We purchased some... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Pretzel Tour

Took my daughter many years ago and now my granddaughter for a tour and learning how to be a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • 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 4 days ago

While this store is small, it was loaded with inexpensive items to take along. We purchased some preztels which we planned on sharing, but now not so sure since we really like them. We skipped the tour, but will plan on doing that the next...More

Thank TravPa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my daughter many years ago and now my granddaughter for a tour and learning how to be a pretzel twister. The tour is about 20-25 minutes. You get practice dough to roll and twist a pretzel, but no longer bake them. You get a...More

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, location is great for other things to do. Parking is easy, right behind the building, no need to pay the meter. Fee in minimal, about 3.50 Staff was very young but did a wonderful, professional job (our guide was Emma). They were very friendly...More

3  Thank Sherry M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in downtown Lititz, PA is the original building where America's First Pretzel bakery was operated. The main production is now conducts near Reading, PA but soft pretzels are still made here. Half of the building is now a shop for Sturgis pretzels, great pretzels...More

Thank Spencer P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really fun tour that doesn't take too long, but you learn a lot about pretzel making! Our tour guide, Dan, was funny and really made the experience. Good for kids and adults of all ages. Also love the free samples!!

Thank Kristin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly tour guide taught us to make knot pretzels and gave us our pretzel twister certificates. What a way to spend our 49th wedding anniversary! We enjoyed learning about the history of the hard pretzel. It was a fun activity in this super cool town....More

1  Thank Carol C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our entire family enjoyed our tour and visit from s 5 year old to a senior. Pretzels to sample in their store. Delicious soft pretzels are available

1  Thank Shelley R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was interesting. I was very disappointed that we made pretzels but they were not baked and given to us to for tasting. Visitors should also be aware that his was the original bakery but is no longer operational. We did buy a bag...More

2  Thank LJinSC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love taking the tour and always leave with a few bags of little cheeser pretzels. We love hearing the story of how they came up with the idea of hard pretzels and all of the hard work the family went through to keep it...More

1  Thank kbially
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always like to know how things were or are made and this was great for that. We all got the history of pretzels and learned to twist them ourselves. The docent was super enthusiastic and informative. I think we all enjoyed this more than...More

1  Thank DERTUR
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Cristina B
Are you open new year's Eve?
30 December 2016|
Response from Mosslady53 | Reviewed this property |
They are open 9AM to 4PM on December 31, 2016
Where do you park? Is there a lot? May bring someone who has difficulty walking so unsure as we can't park any distance.
12 September 2016|
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Response from chachagborjen | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot . Right next to it
are you open july 4,2015?
18 June 2015|
Response from Jennifer B | 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