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This Pennsylvania Dutch Country town is a day-tripper’s mecca.

Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural preservationist, a foodie, or an inveterate shopper, you’ll be charmed by this small Pennsylvania Dutch Country town founded by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzdendorf of Saxony, Germany, and named for a Bohemia castle near the village of Kunvald.

Lititz was first settled in the 1720s by Pennsylvania Germans, but was formally established in 1749 by Moravians, who arrived in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—known for its religious tolerance—seeking freedom to worship. For nearly a century, Lititz was a self-contained religious community, but in the 1850s, non-Moravians were granted the right to live there as well. But walk through town and even today you’ll find the Moravian star still hanging from hotel porches, store windows, homes, and churches.

In addition to its long history, Lititz is also known for its eclectic architecture, with log, brick, and stone homes giving the town a glimpse into its English, German, and Victorian past.

Located in north central Lancaster County, Lititz is also now known as a “foodie destination”—chocolate, pretzels, and tomato pie among them!

Fun fact:

In 2013 Lititz was voted America’s Coolest Small Town in an online survey by Budget Travel.

Not to miss:

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street


Founded in 1861, Julius Sturgis was America’s first commercial pretzel bakery. Tour the original pretzel bakery, learn first-hand (literally!) the art of pretzel twisting, and taste this iconic Pennsylvania Dutch Country treat.

Lititz Historical Foundation & Museum

137-145 East Main Street


The Lititz Historical Foundation includes the 1792 Johannes Mueller House and the Lititz Museum, located in the 1793 home of Christian Schropp. (Don’t miss the garden behind the museum either!) Costumed guides will take you through the painstakingly restored Mueller House, explaining what life was like for an 18th century tradesman and his family.

Lititz Springs Park

24-28 North Broad Street


For more than two centuries, this seven-acre park has been a community gathering place for concerts, craft, art and antique shows, and a festive Fourth of July Celebration that has been held every year since 1818.

Lititz Welcome Center/Train Station

Lititz Springs Park

24-28 North Broad Street


The Lititz Welcome Center is housed in the authentically reconstructed 1884 Lititz Passenger Depot and Express Station. If you’re a trainspotter—or have a little one who is—check out the nearby Lititz Caboose Museum as well.

Lititz Farmers Market

9 North Water Street


There’s nothing like a Pennsylvania Dutch farmers market. This market features a variety of locally produced products, along with live music, children’s activities, chef demonstrations, and a community interest table. The market is open on Saturdays, mid-May through mid-October, 8 a.m. until noon.

Wilbur Chocolate Museum & Factory Store

48 North Broad Street


It’s not the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, but it’s close. Welcome to Wilbur Chocolate, a five-story chocolate factory built in 1913. Tour the Candy Americana Museum and Store, featuring antique memorabilia used to make and sell chocolate. See handmade chocolates being created in the factory’s modern kitchen. And, of course, don’t leave before buying some treats for the road in the old-fashioned candy store. (Free samples are available too!)

Save the date:

Second Fridays/Lovin’ Lititz Every Second - Downtown Lititz Second Friday events take place monthly from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., with shops and other venues free and open to the public.

May 19

Beer School in the General Sutter Inn

Beer school’s in session, featuring Ithaca Brewery. Register and meet the brewer at 5:30 p.m. Class begins at 6 p.m., with a four-course tasting meal paired with Ithaca beers, plus a special tapping at Bulls Head Public House. Seating is limited, so call for reservations at 717-626-2115.

June 14

9 a.m.-4 p.m.


The 21st Annual Crafts-in-the-Park at Lititz Spring Park is free and fun for the entire family. For more information, email

June 28-29

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lititz Historic Foundation’s Antique Show

Pennsylvania is an antiques lover’s paradise. This antiques show, held at Bonfield Elementary School, is no different. For more information, call 717-627-4636 or visit

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