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Messel Pit Fossil Site, Darmstadt
(3.1/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • I was with a friend the same age there. We had a children's programme about Fossilien.Mein friend and I thought it was a pity that we could seek not any fossils. Instead, we had to learn to sit and the types of fossils in a container in the pit. The only thing we had from the mine, was that we ran to this container. The pit was actually very nice. Back to this course, we have a private fossil made from Gips.Danach we have played one more game, which was actually the best of the entire 2.5 hours. What stupid was that we were allowed to take anything out of the pit. My friend was stupid, because he has found something, what a larger gift would still understood it as this plaster Fossilie.Ich because it is a world heritage. Our mothers were in Darmstadt shopping. So, if I have a choice between shopping in Darmstadt and this course I had taken this course already. Linus at the age of 11
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  • The site is very interesting, an amazing place, the visitor center well organized with well realized exhibits. As announced by the lady at the cashier we would have expected a translation into English...  more »