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Messel Pit Fossil Site

Rossdorfer Str. 108, 64409 Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
+49 6159 717590
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Different tour than most

This was an organised visit with a guide as part of university geology seminar. Hence comments will... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
colin m
Norwich, United Kingdom
Interesting. Check tour times

We visited it last year in summer. We just managed to get on the last tour, but there was no time... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Moscow, Russia
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Rossdorfer Str. 108, 64409 Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
+49 6159 717590
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 27 July 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 Tinde_K
Reviewed 24 April 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

Thank Oceans242
Reviewed 6 April 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

Thank gourmet_ou_gourmand
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is the information center and the fossil pit where the excavations for the fossils take place. There is a one hour tour for groups where guides explain how the pit originated, the history of the fossil excavation and you will have the possibility to...More

1  Thank Natalia M
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

The site is very interesting, an amazing place, the visitor center well organized with well realized exhibits. As announced by the lady at the cashier we would have expected a translation into English of the guided tour: no way apparently for the guide on duty...More

Thank Paolanovo
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Wear sturdy shoes as the tour takes you through the park and down to the archelogical digging pits. We were allowed to dig for fossils and found some-you are not allowed to keep them of course! In spring the park is full of wildflowers. Good...More

3  Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 25 July 2015

The site is not impressive in itself -- if I had come across it on a walk, I would not have thought it was anything remarkable. Fortunately, we had a very good guide, and he explained a lot about the site and its significance.

Thank Dag L
Reviewed 17 May 2015

The Messel pit in itself is quite unspectacular. Its a hole in the ground. There is a nice visitors platform with informative signs. The visitors center nearby is pretty new and modern. If you want to see many fossils you should probably visit the Landesmuseum...More

2  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 5 December 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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