Program - Sightseeing - Altmuehl Valley - Germany
Time travel

Dinosaurier Museum in the Altmühltal Nature Park

Travel back to the age of the primeval giants at the "Dinosaurier Museum" in the Altmühltal Nature Park. Visitors walk on a 1.5 km long path through the forest and also through 400 million years of Earth’s Geology. On their way, they meet more than seventy life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs and other primeval animals, some of them event taller than the treetops.

Other highlights can be admired in the museum hall, where the real skeleton of the T. Rex called "Rocky" is exhibited next to other original fossils. "Rocky" is a remarkable specimen among dinosaurs: it is the first extraordinarily well preserved skeleton of a young Tyrannosaurus rex ever found in the world. Another sensational exhibit is "Dracula", the largest and heaviest Pterosaurian ever found up today. When rising, it was as tall as a giraffe and it featured a wingspan of at least 12 m. In addition, at the Dinosaurier Museum you can also observe the geological oldest specimen of Archaeopteryx as well as the Archaeopteryx albersdoerferi, which is the geological youngest specimen of this primeval bird.

At the Dinosaurier Museum, knowledge is transferred also through active experience. Visitors can act as they were paleontologists, for example by uncovering fossils in the Altmühl valley's Jura stones that they can then keep as a souvenir. Special stations involve visitors directly as they can compare their own ideas of dinosaurs' dimensions, speed and strength to the actual capabilities of those giants.