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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  • I went from Darmstadt by city bus. In order to enter the actual mining area, you will need to take a museum-sponsored tour. There were snacks at tea time. I was able to understand the explanation in English.
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  • First of all, Messel has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its spectacular fossil finds. However, these fantastic fossils are better seen in the Hessian State Museum. At the pit itself, one is probably trying to make maximum profit from the status of World Heritage - after all, one is a company focused on profit. In any case, the guided tour with a visitor centre is greatly overpriced. More and better fossils and information can be obtained at the museum in Darmstadt. Then you can also save yourself the drive to the Pampa.
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