Pretzels are a staple of Lancaster County life. America’s first commercial pretzel bakery was established in Lititz in 1861. That, combined with Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania Dutch roots, have made it a hub for pretzel bakeries—both local and national—many of which still produce traditional, hand-rolled soft and hard pretzels.
Auntie Anne’s may be a national chain, but its roots are here: its founder, Anne Beiler, formerly lived in Lancaster County and the company is headquartered in downtown Lancaster.
Lancaster Wal-Mart, 2034 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 and other locations
Bavarian Pretzel Bakery
This pretzel stand in the Park City mall sells hot-from-the-oven soft pretzels.
Center Court kiosk, Park City Center, 701 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601
Dutch Country Soft Pretzels
This bakery sells fresh soft pretzels – including gluten-free products – along with pre-baked frozen pretzels, soft pretzel mix and dipping mustards. You can tour the bakery and buy pretzels warm from the oven.
2758 Division Hwy, New Holland, PA 17557
Hammond Pretzel Bakery
Billed as the oldest continuously family-operated hand-made pretzel bakery in America, this pretzel bakery has been making and selling hand-rolled sourdough pretzels in the same location since 1931.
716 S West End Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
Immergut Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
The pretzel store at this bakery sells various flavors of Immergut’s hand-rolled soft pretzels.
3537 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534
Intercourse Pretzel Factory
This bakery recently reopened under new management. It sells tangy, Bavarian-style pretzels in its retail store..
3614 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Founded in 1861, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery was the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Visitors can tour the bakery and even practice rolling pretzel dough. There’s also a factory store that sells a wide variety of pretzels.
219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543
Martin’s Pretzel Bakery
Martin’s sells hand-rolled hard pretzels and offers tours of its bakery.
1229 Diamond St, Akron, PA 17501
Pretzels on Market
This market stand sells Philly-style soft pretzels, dips, breakfast pretzel sandwiches, pretzel wraps, gluten-free pretzels, pretzel mix and Hammond pretzels.
23 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery
Uncle Henry’s sells hand-rolled sourdough pretzels, and offers tours of the bakery by appointment.
1550 Bowmansville Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540
— Mary Ellen Wright