UNESCO World Heritage Site Messel Pit

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Messel Pit is worldwide unique! A volcanic crater safeguards the early mammals as a treasure box. Touch eternity and love diversity of life on earth.

Messel Pit, a world wide unique location! Welcome within the dimension of earth time: Eocene, the time of morning dawn, about 48 million years ago. Earth has formed a volcanic crater here by water-magma contact. In the drill hole of today the water still jumps out on the long tour across the pit. Its lake filling contains the complete conserved skeletons of mammals as well as of other relicts of organisms living in a lake in a tropical rainforest, the former environment. Earth scientists have safeguarded more than 40.000 findings out of the oil shale, the sediment that contains these treasures of early mammal forms and other fossils. The dog sized "dawn horse" and bats, that could already hunt their prey by echo location, fish, crocodiles, palm blossoms and beetles, whose outside bodies are still intact are witnesses of this environment. Take back home impressions of the colors of this world long, long ago. The results of the scientific disciples define this location to be a window back into time through which visitors can discover the environment 48 million years ago. Travel through time by walking across the Messel Pit and visit the artistic design at the visitors center. New aspects of scientific work and research for this special treasure box will surprise you and the virtual expedition into a drill hole will show unique impressions. Dive into time, celebrate time and Messel Worlds! Touch eternity by visiting this extraordinary location.

Visitors center: Adults 10 €Reduced 8 €Children younger than 7 free entrance
Tours of the pit: 7 €Children younger than 7 free entrance
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00



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