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Messel Pit Fossil Site

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Don't miss the nearby Fossilien und Heimatmuseum if you are into fossils

I got there after they closed so I didn't get inside the visitor center. However, I did see the... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
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Interesting Sidetrip

It's about a five-minute drive north of Darmstadt. The F/U bus (bushalte #22) can pick you up and... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

I got there after they closed so I didn't get inside the visitor center. However, I did see the nearby Fossilien und Heimatmuseum which claims to have more fossile on display than the Fossil Pit site itself.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

We were looking forward to visiting Grube Messel as we heard quite a bit about it and were aware that it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the visitor centre was disappointing given the amount of fossils retrieved from the quarry. Most people likely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

Having read about Grube Messel for many years and the importance of its exquisite fossils, I really looked forward to visiting when we happened to be in the area. The fancy building boded well but two rooms in, I actually doubled back to check with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

It's about a five-minute drive north of Darmstadt. The F/U bus (bushalte #22) can pick you up and transport you there from the train station (3.2 Euro a person). Cost 13 Euro for the two entry tickets (one for museum, one for the pit). On...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank pepsionice
Reviewed June 2, 2018

The visitor center itself is relatively limited. There are some cool installation as an (animated) journey into the borehole they drilled to get the origin of the crater. But you are done with the visitor center in max. one hour. But with a guided tour...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank idetlef
Reviewed October 11, 2017

If you go there, you should definetly go by car, because public transportation is not very well connected to this place. I recommend also to join a guided tour. If you are interested in fossils it is good place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank RalfGlass1961
Reviewed September 23, 2017

This was an organised visit with a guide as part of university geology seminar. Hence comments will not apply to many. It was of such great interest along with questions and debate time flew so never made it to the bottom. Our guide was a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank colin m
Reviewed July 27, 2017

We visited it last year in summer. We just managed to get on the last tour, but there was no time left to see the museum on site. However, the tour was informative and there are some fossils found available to see and our guide...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Tina Q
Reviewed April 24, 2017

It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, and could definitely impress. However, it's the worst presented UNESCO site I've ever visited. First of all, the signposting to get there is atrocious. Our car's GPS brought us close but then didn't find the exact location. The signs...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Oceans242
Reviewed April 6, 2017

We went there with the kids, but the actual place was closed and it did not make the impression as if there is actually much to see. Clearly a very important spot for science, and also the museum with some of the finds was interesting,...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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