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Messel Pit Fossil Site, Messel

#71 of 209 in Historic Sites in Hesse
World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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  • Fantastic visitor centre which is both interactive and informative where you get to see some amazing fossils. There is also a lookout to complete your visit of the pit - once you access, it takes...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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