The fascinating heritage of pretzel baking comes to life at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, a must-see PA Dutch country destination, located in historic Lititz.
Founded in 1861, this hidden gem is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America and is filled with captivating history that can be enjoy and appreciated by every member of the family.
Visitors to this Lancaster County original are able to tour the original pretzel bakery where they will see the ovens built by Julius Sturgis and learn about the history of pretzel baking in America.
Tour participants get a hands-on lesson in the art of pretzel twisting and can observe skilled bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, just as was done 150 years ago.
Browse through the Bakery’s retail store and shop for a variety of delicious treats and souvenirs…join the many customers who stop by the store with every visit to Lancaster County so they can stock up on their favorite pretzels.
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
219 East Main Street (Rte 772)
Lititz, PA 17543
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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery & Tour is open and looks forward to your visit…
Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Closed in January until the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
While Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery was founded in 1861, the historic building which it calls home was built in in 1784 as one of the original structures in Lititz and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Sturgis family carries on the rich tradition of pretzel baking and continues to use the same old-fashioned recipe and methods established by Julius Sturgis over 150 years ago. Click HERE to learn more about the history of the Bakery.
To the delight of their thousands of visitors each year, Julius Sturgis offer tours of the original bakery to individuals, families, school field trips, church outings, and all variety of organized tour groups. All tour participants are given their own piece of dough and taught how to twist a pretzel, right next to the original ovens built by Julius Sturgis, where the tour guide gives an interesting presentation on the history of pretzel baking in America.
Admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.
To make reservations for groups of more than 10 people, please Click HERE and visit the Group Tour page.
The Store & Online Ordering…
Join with the many locals and visitors to Lancaster County who make regular visits to Julius Sturgis Pretzel Store to replenish their stash of pretzels at home and their stock of pretzels at the office. Can’t make it into the store? No problem…you can order pretzels online and have them shipped anywhere in the world. The pretzels sold in the store and online are baked by the direct descendants of Julius Sturgis at Tom Sturgis Pretzels in Reading, Pennsylvania. Click HERE to order online from Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.
History of the Pretzel…
With a legacy of crunchy goodness that now extends over 150 years, Julius Sturgis Pretzel has lots of rich and interesting history to share with their visitors. But did you know that the pretzel itself originated as early as 610A.D. when monks from Italy used scraps of dough to form the shape of the arm of children in prayer, with the three holes of the pretzel representing the Christian Trinity?
Located in the heart of historic Lititz, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is easy to find at 219 East Main Street.