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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 vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Darmstadt has to offer, including Messel Pit Fossil Site.
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  • It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, and could definitely impress. However, it's the worst presented UNESCO site I've ever visited. First of all, the signposting to get there is atrocious. Our car's GPS...  more »
  • We went there with the kids, but the actual place was closed and it did not make the impression as if there is actually much to see. Clearly a very important spot for science, and also the museum with...  more »
  • This is the information center and the fossil pit where the excavations for the fossils take place. There is a one hour tour for groups where guides explain how the pit originated, the history of the ...  more »