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Guide for Kutztown


Kutztown, Pennsylvania is a quaint, small suburban enclave located in Berks County. Kutztown is located about halfway between the bigger cities of Allentown and Reading, both about 20 miles away. Philadelphia is just 70 miles away and New York City isn?t much further at 100 miles away. The town clearly has a rustic charm that attracts students to Kutztown University as well as to nearby attractions in and around Berks County. Kutztown itself is also home to hiking trails, quaint shops and stores, and so much more.

Top Kutztown Attractions to Look Out For

If you are looking to visit Kutztown and the surrounding Berks County area, there are a quite a few attractions to keep you occupied. The area is worth an overnight stay for both the rustic beauty as well as the historic sights. 

  • ]Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown

The public university is home to over 8,000 undergraduate students and is part of the larger network of 14 Pennsylvania state schools. It sits on a large 300 acre rural and sprawling campus.

  • Crystal Cave in Kutztown
    Crystal Cave was the first show cave ever to open in Pennsylvania back in 1872. The cave itself goes about 125 feet below the earth?s surface and the guided tour lasts about one hour. Learn about the unique history and geological formations of this natural treasure. Crystal Cave in Kutztown also has a huge property with a traditional Amish buggy experience, miniature golfing, gift and souvenir shop, museum, and more. It?s perfect for families looking to escape the city.

  • Berks County Covered Bridges around Kutztown

There are several picturesque covered bridges in and around Kutztown that are perfect for a photo opportunity. Kutz Mill?s Covered Bridge is located a few miles north of Kutztown University and is one of the most scenic spots in the region.

  • Pinnacle Ridge Winery in Kutztown

This winery in town has received international acclaim for its fine selection of wines and is the most awarded winery in Pennsylvania. There are numerous tasting experiences as well as events that happen year-round. 

  • Pennsylvania German Heritage Culture Center in Kutztown

This cultural center is located on the grounds of Kutztown University and is a learning center for a unique folk culture. It is an entirely open-air museum with insight into the Pennsylvania Germans.

Best Places To Stay In Kutztown

Kutztown and the surrounding Berks County area has dozens of accommodations that span from smaller bed-and-breakfast style accommodations to larger chain hotels. Rustic inns and b&bs are in fact the most common type of lodging in the Kutztown area. This is perfect for couples looking to have a romantic getaway or even for families looking to stay in a homier-type setting.

Transportation within Kutztown

Getting around Kutztown is advisable only by car. However, many of the shops and restaurants in town are within walking distance of each other. Kutztown has no public transportation system open to visitors or townspeople. However, university students do use the shuttle system provided by Kutztown University.

 Of course, getting to and from New York City is a breeze thanks to bus service provided by OurBus.

Shopping & Dining In Kutztown

Kutztown has a main downtown area with a stretch of a few dozen shops, restaurants, bars, and lodging. During the months school is in session and on weekends, the main streets of Kutztown are bustling with students partying.

However, during other times, things are much more quiet and quaint. Kutztown has several antique shops, apparel stores, and other knick knacks that are made locally. There are also craft and flower stores, thrift stores, a bookstore, and a record store.

Kutztown has several dining options along its main drag. Most popular are the Kutztown Tavern, Pretzel Revolution, Mamma?s Delight Pizza, and Spuds, a restaurant that is famous for its 25 varieties of french fries.

Still not satisfied? Looking for more things to do in Kutztown? Don?t forget to add these to your to-do list:

  • See the Kutztown Area Historical Society

  • Eat at the Kutztown Tavern and have a beer

  • Shop at Renninger?s Antique & Farmer?s Market where there?s a farmers market, an antique market, and a flea market selling food items, antiques, collectibles, flowers, and furniture

  • Walk along the Auburn and Allentown Railroad

Wondering what the best way to get to Kutztown is? Take OurBus, obviously!

Taking a Bus Trip to Kutztown

Taking a bus trip to Kutztown is flexible, cheap, and comfortable. Ditch the car ride and take OurBus. Ticket bookings are hassle-free, mobile-friendly, and can be made online at OurBus.com or on the OurBus app. There are so many benefits that come along with the ride itself too:

  • Bus tracking service

  • Free bottled water

  • Free rescheduling

  • Personal power outlets

  • Free internet (Wi-Fi)

Notable Events in Kutztown

For such a small town, Kutztown and the surrounding region has a surprising number of events, especially outdoors during the warmer months  Here are some of the top events to look out for:

  • APRIL: Annual Community Block Party -- Food vendors, music, shopping, exhibitions, and more all along the downtown stretch

  • MAY: Pinnacle Ridge Winery -- Summer concert series

  • JUNE: Pinnacle Ridge Winery -- Summer concert series

  • JULY: Kutztown Kruise -- An antique car show that meanders through the downtown streets of Kutztown with trophies, prizes, and more that are awarded to the top cars

    • Kutztown Folk Festival -- This is the oldest folk festival in the United States that celebrates Pennsylvania German folk life. Expect Dutch food, antiques, quilting, and much more.

  • AUGUST: Dinner On Main -- Local food vendors, live music, beer on tap, and more bringing  the whole community together as the street comes alive

  • DECEMBER: Christmas in Kutztown -- A community event bringing families, vendors, and Santa together under one roof