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Slightly unspectular but interesting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Darmstadt, Deutschland
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Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 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.

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Darmstadt, Deutschland
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 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 in Darmstadt.

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Germany
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 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, but the opportunity it provides to learn more about an incredible discovery makes booking ahead... More 

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Germany
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48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Good to see the fossils they've already found and the pit they are working in. Good to visit with kids of 5 and older as their is an exhibition(biological) where they also can 'work' a little by themselves

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Cambridge, UK
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220 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The tourist center is new and reasonably informative, although most of display items are replicas of famous fossils. The site itself you can access only with a (German) tour, so no wondering round the ex-volcanic lake cum shale oil extraction site cum municipal damp (the latter project was stopped in time). A place to take kids once.

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Petersaurach, Germany
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Took the tour here and it was quite good. While it was in German, the guide spoke English and explained everything as we walked along. This is the site of Eocene fossil excavations and they've recently set up an informative visitor's center and added good tours.

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sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

When I read this was a UNESCO World Heritage site I guess I expected more. As a Science teacher Iove fossils but the museum here has a limited range for viewing. Most of the data is in German, as is the guided tour of the pit. Basically the tour is just a talk about the geological history of the pit... More 

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Darmstadt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

World famous fossil sight, now no longer just a dig, but a fascinating musem and look into out history

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Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Very interesting place to visit, gives a good amount of information on the Pitts history. My only criticism is there is very little of the information translated into English.

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