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Jura Museum Eichstätt & Quarry near Solnhofen

The Jura-Museum is one of the most beautifully located Natural History Museums at all.Tischlinger Helmut_kl

High above Eichstätt in the Willibalds Castle, the visitors can explore the highlights of the world’s largest collection of fossils from the famous Solnhofen Platy Limestone. The most famous fossil exposed is an original of the protobird Archaeopteryx. The fossils and their outstanding preservation let the visitor dive into the Jurassic sea 150 Million years ago, where Ichthyosaurs hunted coleoids, belemnites and ammonoids. The beautiful fossil fishes from Ettling with their colour preservation are only exposed there. At the end of the tour, living fossils can be discovered in the aquaria of the Jura-Museum.

Unfortunately the way to the Willibaldsburg, it is not suitable for people with restricted mobility or people with poor basic fitness, because the main path is currently being rebuilt.

For lunch we will visit a typical Bavarian restaurant.

In the afternoon we offer to proceed to a nearby quarry to find your own platy limestone fossils. The loan of tools and a 30-minute lecture are included in the price fpr the excursion.

In Eichstätt it is a 15 minute walk to the museum on the hill, and good footwear is also necessary in the quarry.

The full day trip

starts at 8:30a.m.
at Munich Underground Station
U6 Klinikum Großhadern

 and you are back in Munich around 6 p.m.

The costs are
€ 39 per person

and include a bus ride, entry to the museum, entry to the quarry, lecture and loan of tools.