Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery – Lititz, Pennsylvania - Gastro Obscura

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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

Don't get it twisted: This is the oldest pretzel bakery in the United States. 


At the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, bread is historic, salted, and loopy. The establishment is the first commercial pretzel bakery in the United States. And it just so happens that the Sturgis family is the oldest pretzel baking family in the country, as well.  In 1861, German immigrant Julius Sturgis was a spry 26 when he purchased a stone house at 219 E. Main Street in the little town of Lititz. The building, which dates to 1784, soon became both the Sturgis family home and their bakery. There, Julius twisted the first pretzels in the country. His recipe is apparently timeless—it’s still used today. The Sturgis family still runs its namesake bakery. Beyond buying twisted bread (in both soft and hard versions), visitors can take a guided tour of the bakery and its antique machinery, then learn how to sculpt the perfect pretzel with a hands-on activity.

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Bakery tours are popular, especially in the warmer months. It's best to book ahead.

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