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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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Tasty treats get in my belly!

Visited here 17 years ago and returned on vacation in Oct 2015. Didn't disappoint in 1998 and doesn't dissapoint now in 2015. Lots of good choices and yummy treats. Try the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2015
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

One of my childhood memories is making pretzels at this bakery with my family so that should tell you its definitely worth the visit! Because I was so young I never knew where it was, but it all came back to me when I visited last week-- and my mom confirmed if it has a big plastic pretzel outside that's... More 

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We stopped by on a whim on the way back to our B&B. They have warm fresh baked soft pretzels for purchase. The shop offers samples of the different products they offer. I purchased two big bags of pretzels to go home, cheddar and plain. If you are in town I would recommend you stop.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

Visited here 17 years ago and returned on vacation in Oct 2015. Didn't disappoint in 1998 and doesn't dissapoint now in 2015. Lots of good choices and yummy treats. Try the chocolate covered peanut butter infused pretzels if they are sampling them. They were da bomb! Got me some of them along with a few pretzels. Ummmm good!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Our family loves pretzels so this was a perfect tour for us! We learned all about the history of hard pretzels, made our own, tasted some in the gift shop at the end of the tour. Very cute for all ages!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

We happened to be near by and someone suggested we stop by sturgis. Our guide was informative and very friendly. The tour was the perfect length for small children and inexpensive enough that you don't mind it not being short. I highly recommend this if you are in the area!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Went with family and bought pretzels. Ate almost all before we made it home. Really tasty treats. Should have bought more.

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Derwood, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

This was a nice tour. We learned about the history behind the making of hard pretzels. We were given a small amount of fresh dough and were shown two methods in creating a pretzel. A fun hands on experience.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Maybe it is because we are from the UK where pretzels (hard or soft) are not popular but we found this really interesting. The tour was good (and fairly inexpensive) and it was fun to try and twist a pretzel - albeit from play dough! I guess this might be more interesting to foreigners rather than Americans but I would... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

Nice tour of where hard pretzels were invented. They teach you how to twists pretzels as well and there is a store where you can buy bags to take home.

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Tampa, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

It had been, perhaps, 10 years since I had been to Julius Sturgis. Back then, it was hands-down my favorite soft pretzel place in Pennsylvania. This time, I didn't think the soft pretzels were quite as good. Maybe they have changed, maybe I got a batch that was a little too yeasty and dry. I remember them melting in my... More 

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