Messel Pit Fossil Site, Messel

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Messel Pit Fossil Site is quarry filled an enormous number of well-preserved fossils. When miners were excavating the site for bituminous shale, the fossils--including birds, insects, reptiles, fish, hedgehogs, primates, and pangolins--came to light. Archeological discoveries are still being made here. You can tour the pit and the museum, but if you can't read German, consider hiring an English-speaking guide. Before you head to Messel, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Messel tour planning tool , to make sure you see all that Messel has to offer, including Messel Pit Fossil Site.
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  • Based on the critical reviews, I was very skeptical. We experienced it differently! A great guide, an equally great group and great weather. The two-hour guided tour was entertaining and exceedingly informative. The £7 appropriate. We gave ourselves a gift to the museum. The checkout was requested, but it was not mandatory. The food was delicious, stew with sausages and buns €5.80. We can recommend a visit. You should already bring some time and patience.
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  • There are 2 places of interests here: the Visitor Center and the actual site. The Visitor center has a nice education presentation of the site. You will have a chance to see around 20-30 actuals fossi...  more »
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