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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
+1 717-626-4354
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A fun visit with children

The tour of the old bakery is fun with a "hands on" demo of pretzel making. The staff is nice and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paris, France
Fun and educational

Good for all ages. Hubby and I had fun rolling a trial pretzel while the guide explained the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nancy G
Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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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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  • Terrible1%
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“pretzel making” (62 reviews)
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219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
+1 717-626-4354
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Reviewed yesterday

The tour of the old bakery is fun with a "hands on" demo of pretzel making. The staff is nice and helpful. The soft fresh preztel are delicious and the shop is full of goodies. Worth the detour.

Thank Eveaparis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for all ages. Hubby and I had fun rolling a trial pretzel while the guide explained the history of the business. Everyone in your group would have fun and enjoy the short tour.

Thank Nancy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute shop where you can take a tour of the factory and learn about pretzel making. The variety of products is a bit lacking, but worth a visit if you're shopping on Main St.

Thank Christine F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my family here for my daughter's 10th birthday weekend as part of our planned events. Looks just like it did when I was a kid. Though some things have changed in the 35 years since I first went there, it's still a short fun...More

Thank Stephen K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My younger kids and I really enjoyed the tour - from hands-on learning how to twist our own "pretzels", to learning about the whole pretzel-making process and history. Informative tour, yummy hard and soft pretzel samples, cute gift shop with reasonable prices, & friendly staff...More

Thank Gretchen K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for fresh pretzels. Interesting and very good warm pretzels. Kids enjoyed it. They have been in business since 1861.

Thank dccc2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Sturgis pretzel bakery has small gift shop where you can purchase all their pretzel products, including soft pretzels. During our visit they had bags of pretzels shaped like Amish horse and buggy's. You can also take a short tour, where you will learn the...More

Thank PVonthemove
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They stopped including the "make your own pretzel" in the Sturgis tour which is a shame. The tour itself is blah. They don't even make pretzels in this building anymore. On the plus side, the staff are super friendly and the gift shop has some...More

Thank G C
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We enjoyed learning about the happenstance discovery of the hard pretzel. We had a nice tour of the original bakery and learned how pretzels were made back in the day. Had a chance to twist our own dough which was fun....but we learned that modern...More

Thank anitabz2016
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Take a drive to the quiet town of Lititz. There you will find Julius Pretzels. Where the countries first hard pretzels were made. Take the tour (about 30 min) and enjoy some hard or soft pretzels. Take a step into history as their location is...More

Thank netdefender77
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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