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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
Phone Number: +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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Short, but very nice tour.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2015
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Derwood, MD
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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I stopped here as part of a childhood trip relived. I remember my family came here many years ago as part of a trip to Hershey park. I don't remember it being a pretzel store with a short tour as it is today. I remember it as being a place where you made your own pretzel and took it home... More 

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Jennifer B, Manager at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent trip to our historic bakery. Yes, at one time guests were able to make their own pretzels when they took the tour. Unfortunately, the FDA prohibits us from being able to continue that practice. So we do improvise by using a homemade play dough mixture of flour and water so our guests can still have... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

The pretzels are delicious and the tour of the factory is really cute. Nice place to visit. All ages will enjoy a trip there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Once inside, you pay for the tour in the gift shop. I think it was around $6.00 per adult. First you can look around the small museum and then they take a group in on the tour. They start the tour off at a long table where they supply pretzel dough for you to attempt making your own pretzel -... More 

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Jennifer B, Manager at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback on our tour! We value any and all feedback we get! Our tour pricing is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 4-12. The amount of salt used on our soft pretzels vary a little depending on the person who is baking for the day. We do try to salt our pretzels... More 

Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Interesting and informative tour relating a little bit about the history of pretzels, the creation of the hard pretzel and the development of the local pretzel business. An opportunity to learn to roll a pretzel. Fun, economical 1/2 hour stop.

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Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Both me and my teen son enjoyed the informative short tour....we got a history lesson on the factory, family and even got dough to make our own pretzel. At the end of the tour you get a bag on mini pretzels. The tour guide was great.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

It was neat but the place was small and the kids were ready to go. You get a free pretzel at the end of the tour.

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Jennifer B, Manager at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor! I know our building is small, unfortunately it would not be the "Original" hard pretzel Bakery if we expanded or could expand it. The whole building itself was the original bakery that Julius had started. We are glad you enjoyed your snack pak of our pretzels at the end of... More 

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