We recommend calling for a tour reservation. Call 717-626-4354 during business hours to reserve a tour.
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Tour Options

Less than 10

Less than 10
All tours (regardless of how many are in your party) are made by appointment only by calling 717-626-4354 during business hours. Due to social distancing, tour spots are limited. Please call during business hours to schedule a tour. Each guest is given their own piece of playdough mixture and taught how to twist a pretzel. The tour includes the original ovens built by Julius Sturgis and the history of pretzel baking in America. Please call to ensure tour availability on the day you plan to visit.
Ages 13+
Ages 4-12
Under 4

Groups of 10+

Groups of 10+
Grab your family, friends, or students and plan a tour now! To make reservations for groups of more than eight (8) people, please visit our Group Tour page or call during business hours to schedule.
Schedule a Group Tour


Mon-Fri - 11 am-4 pm
Mon-Fri Tour Hours - By appt.
Saturday - 11 am-4:30 pm
Saturday Tour Hours - By appt.
Sunday - 12 pm-4 pm
Sunday Tour Hours - By appt.

To allow for social distancing, tour spots are limited. We strongly suggest you call during business hours to schedule a tour. Face coverings/masks are required for all guests taking a tour.

For those with underlying health concerns, we offer shopping for you by appointment. Please call during business hours to schedule.

Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are also closed M-F from Jan. 1 - the Friday of MLK weekend for our winter vacation and maintenance.


219 East Main Street (Route 772)
Lititz, PA 17543
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We provide off-street parking beside our bakery. The entrance to our parking lot can be found on the left-hand side when facing the building.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is your tour? Our tour runs around 25 minutes in length.
Do I need to make a reservation for the tour? If you have less than 10 people in your party, you do not need to make a reservation. You simply walk-in and buy a ticket for the next available 30-minute tour slot. However, please call on the day you wish to visit to ensure availability.
What happens in the tour? During the tour you will get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a playdough mixture on our antique twisting table, learn about the history of pretzel baking in America, and see the original ovens built by Julius Sturgis in 1861. Due to FDA regulations, guests do not make their own pretzels. You’ll also learn how pretzel baking has changed from 1861 to today and see our bakers twisting and baking our hand-made soft pretzels that we sell in our bakery store.
Will I get to bake and eat the pretzel that I twist? Unfortunately, no. The pretzel that you twist is just sample dough. The dough will be discarded after your twisting practice.
Are your tours suitable for children? Yes. Children and adults of all ages are invited to learn how to twist a pretzel and take part in our tour conversation. Everyone receives a complimentary sample of our “Little Ones” hard pretzels at the end of each tour.
Is your facility handicap accessible? Yes. Our facility can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
Is this a factory tour? No. The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is a historic landmark and is not a modern pretzel baking facility. We bake old-fashioned soft pretzels on site. Our hard pretzels are manufactured in our modern bakery near Reading, PA.
Do your pretzels contain any nut/milk/eggs ingredients? The soft pretzels we bake on site do not contain any nut, milk, or egg ingredients (neither does the sample dough handed out for our pretzel twisting lessons). The ingredients in our packaged hard pretzels sold in our retail store are clearly marked. The cheese varieties contain dairy ingredients and the chocolate pretzels are coated in a facility that also processes nut ingredients, but most other varieties are nut/milk/egg free.
Are your pretzels kosher? The soft pretzels we bake on-site use kosher ingredients, but are not certified kosher. Most of the hard pretzels sold in our bakery store are OU-D kosher certified. You can visit http://www.tomsturgispretzels.com/kosher.asp for more details.
When are you closed in the winter? Each year we are closed from January 1 through the Friday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Are there any days that you don’t offer tours? We offer tours every day we are open for business.

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