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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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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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Cute factory

Didn't do the tour but shopped the gift shop and bought some pretzels. Definitely get a soft one, they're like a buck! Cute shop in downtown touristy location. Park and walk to a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Perth, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful, informative stop on our family trip to Lancaster. A short and scenic drive from Lancaster proper to a quaint small town - rich in history. We took the pretzel factory tour with our 4 children - aged 14 down to 7. The guide held everyone's attention for the duration. Small, simple, and unique! Definitely a highlight of our... More 

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White Haven, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't do the tour but shopped the gift shop and bought some pretzels. Definitely get a soft one, they're like a buck! Cute shop in downtown touristy location. Park and walk to a bunch of other cute little places

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything you wanted to know about the baking of pretzels but were afraid to ask. A small gem of a place to put on your list of "things to do and see". There is a small tour and video presentation of the making of pretzels which is quite impressive. The best part is the gift shop that sell all of... More 

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Little Neck, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If one likes Pretzels then a stop at the Strugis Bakery is a must. The building itself is historic and housed the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. They offer a short tour which goes over the history of the building, pretzels and Strugis company. You get to twist your own pretzel with "play-dough" and get a certificate for your... More 

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Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Delightful tour with pretzel history, concluded by a lesson and personal effort to make your own pretzel. Knowledgeable staff. Pleasing gift shop with a variety of items to take home.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

When in Lititz we stopped at Sturgis, took the little tour and became certified pretzel twisters, you made a pretzel. A fun place for all ages, rounds out the Lititz day with Wilbur Buds, Sturgis Pretzels, welcome center, General Sutter Inn ( Restaurant) .

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State College, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is flagged as a "to do" destination, but I would call it a "to eat" destination. They have hand made pretzels, the soft, chewy kind, made from sourdough. They are fantastic and it is a worth a trip out of your way to have one. The tour of how they are made is also interesting, but the real attraction... More 

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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

What a fun experience we had at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel factory! We even got certificates for being "pretzel twisters"!!! Great place for people of all ages, well except for infants & very young toddlers. The staff is very nice & infomative & the store has lots of yummy pretzels to purchase. We even got soft pretzels fresh & hot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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