Germany Again: Fossils, Views, Theme Park and Zoo
Trip Start Mar 17, 2006
26Trip End Jun 14, 2006
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Next we headed to Alex's cousin's home in Gammelshausen. Once again we were made so welcome.
Peter arranged a private tour of the Hauff Museum at Holzmaden. It has the largest collection of fossils in the World. Some were absolutely amazing in size, covering entire walls. The area sits on rock which is full of fossils. Some of their discoveries have lead to profound changes in the understanding and thoughts of archaeologists as the quality of their fossils are so good. They were the first to discover that dinosaurs originally had feathers. They also discovered fossils which showed the contents of stomachs so they could determine what the dinosaurs and prehistoric animals ate. They also had a quarry area where you could chisel and dig for fossils yourself. However if you came across anything you had to let them know so it wouldn't be destroyed. What a great idea for the kids.
Peter also took us on a long walk up the hill 3kms to Teck Castle. He only told us when we finished about the Bush ticks in the forest!
We also visited the pretty university town of Tupingen on the Nackar River and the Stuttgart Zoo.
We then drove back to Alex's Aunt Trix spending a day at Europa Park (refer alternate blog) and then a final day with with family members before leaving family to drive to Paris and fly to Italy.