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Messel Pit Fossil Site

Address: Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Darmstadt
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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202 reviews 202 reviews
40 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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36 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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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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