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Address: Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
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Here in Germany?

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2013
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Germany
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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
41 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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sydney
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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