Messel Pit Fossil Site, Darmstadt

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Messel Pit Fossil Site is quarry filled an enormous number of well-preserved fossils. When miners were excavating the site for bituminous shale, the fossils--including birds, insects, reptiles, fish, hedgehogs, primates, and pangolins--came to light. Archeological discoveries are still being made here. You can tour the pit and the museum, but if you can't read German, consider hiring an English-speaking guide. Before you head to Darmstadt, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Darmstadt tour planning tool , to make sure you see all that Darmstadt has to offer, including Messel Pit Fossil Site.
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  • July 27, 2017
    We visited it last year in summer. We just managed to get on the last tour, but there was no time left to see the museum on site. However, the tour was informative and there are some fossils found ava...  more »
  • June 11, 2017
    A landmark first rank. Anyway, join a guided tour, because only so you get a comprehensive overview of the emergence of this geological wonder. Even though love must see the visitor centre with a lot of detail -, since there amazing exhibits can be seen - it may not be able to replace the leadership.
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  • June 6, 2017
    My daughter stays with us: Dinos! I think the fossils of Messel pit but at least as exciting! The information on the homepage of the Messel pit is very good. A review: Footwear - Yes. But you don't need hiking boots.
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