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Messel Pit Fossil Site

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A UNESCO World Nature Heritage

When I was a kid, one could dig here for oneself finding fossils and all kinds of stones and... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
Fabian K
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Excavation site

This is the information center and the fossil pit where the excavations for the fossils take place... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Natalia M
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Germany
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I was genuinely diappointed when I got there. You definetly need a car. If you try to go there by public transport it'll be a nightmare all by itself. At site they've got a small information center and offer tours trough the pit. As all...More

Thank Arne B
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Are you interested in fossils? Are you interested in volcanic history? Interested in geophysics? Then you should visit “Grube Messel” (pit Messel). You will not see any Dino fossils as the fossils in the pit Messel are dating much younger. But that doesn’t make it...More

1  Thank Marius W
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

When I was a kid, one could dig here for oneself finding fossils and all kinds of stones and minerals. Well, this is over; nothing must be touched, and the small museum doesn't really compensate for the lack of hands-on.

Thank Fabian K
Reviewed 14 August 2016

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 fossil excavation and you will have the possibility to...More

1  Thank Natalia M
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

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 fossil excavation and you will have the possibility to...More

Thank Natalia M
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

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 of the guided tour: no way apparently for the guide on duty...More

Thank Paolanovo
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Wear sturdy shoes as the tour takes you through the park and down to the archelogical digging pits. We were allowed to dig for fossils and found some-you are not allowed to keep them of course! In spring the park is full of wildflowers. Good...More

3  Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 25 July 2015

The site is not impressive in itself -- if I had come across it on a walk, I would not have thought it was anything remarkable. Fortunately, we had a very good guide, and he explained a lot about the site and its significance.

Thank Dag L
Reviewed 17 May 2015

The Messel pit in itself is quite unspectacular. Its a hole in the ground. There is a nice visitors platform with informative signs. The visitors center nearby is pretty new and modern. If you want to see many fossils you should probably visit the Landesmuseum...More

2  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 5 December 2013

I visited the Messel Fossil Pit with a school group many years after moving to Germany. I had no idea that such a discovery was so close to us! This isn't a tourist attraction, as one can only see the dig pre-booked with a guide,...More

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