Free Pretzel Making Tours in Lancaster, PA

April 27, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly, Free Tours  |  No Comments

Celebrate National Pretzel Day year-long for FREE in the pretzel-making capitol of the U.S. — Lancaster County, PA., where the first U.S. commercial pretzel bakery was established in Lititz in 1861 by Julius Sturgis.

Free Pretzel Factory Tour

Twist it Up!

For free pretzel fun visit the Intercourse Pretzel Factory and get a free 10-minute tour where you can learn to hand twist pretzels. This bakery is one of the few left that twists its hard pretzels by hand.

Founded in Lancaster in 1946, Herr Foods began as a potato chip factory and moved over the county line to Chester Co.. While it didn’t start producing pretzels until 1981, you can see how they do it, with their free guided factory tour.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, you can visit the historic Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, in Lititz. Although they no longer commercially make their pretzels here, this is where U.S. pretzels began. See the original ovens built by Julius Sturgis and learn the history of pretzel baking in America in a small museum. Frugal fee of $3 adults, $2 children for the tour.

You might get your free fun in if the bakery is offering fresh-from-the-oven pretzel samples in their storefront bakery.

*Thanks to contributor Judy Colbert for the pretzel tours tip!

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