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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
investroll
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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
pepsionice
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Germany
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Rossdorfer Str. 108, 64409 Messel, Hesse, Germany
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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,...More

7  Thank pineGermany
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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...More

7  Thank jammoSydney
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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.

Thank investroll
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

1  Thank Stefan R
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

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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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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