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Coral Reef Museum

Riffmuseum GerstettenA stroll through the underwater world of the Jurassic Sea

The Coral Reef Museum in Gerstetten‘s historic railway station building is rightly considered to be something special on the museum scene. The visitor enters the Gerstetten Reef - an underwater paradise of corals and sponges - and experiences the former fascinating underwater world of the Jurassic Sea. In the Coral Reef Museum you find out that the Gerstetten coral fauna were amongst the richest of this period.

The interesting geological history of the Gerstetter Alb is additionally brought to life during an approximately 8-km hike along the „Primordial Ocean Path“ (starting and finishing at Gerstetten Station). On this hike you discover the contrasting features of the plains and hills of the Alb as well as the „Heldenfinger Kliff“, a coastal cliff dating from the Tertiary Period covered by holes produced by piddocks and showing the impressive wave line of the primordial ocean which once existed here.

Another geological feature with its own story is the intermittent spring near Heldenfingen, a spring which is often dry for years at a time.

Opening hours
From the beginning of March to the end of October on Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., groups welcome at any time by prior arrangement, in spring and autumn fossil hunting excursions are possible by prior arrangement (telephone to book).