The Rohrbach cement (Zement) company in Dotternhausen uncovered a shale fossil pit in its quarry. They have built a smallish but interesting museum at their cement factory to display fossils, most of which are from the area. After visiting the museum, you can borrow a hammer and chisel from the museum shop and head to the rock pit in front of the building to search for your own fossils.Visit our scrapbook to see a few pictures of our trip to the fossil museum.
You should expect to spend about 3 hours to travel to and from, and to tour the museum.
Entrance to the museum and rock pit is free. They will collect a €5 deposit for a hammer and chisel, which you get back upon return.
Take the A81 south in the direction towards Singen.
Take the second exit, labeled Empfingen. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp in the direction to Balingen.
Follow the signs to Balingen. After 10-15 minutes, you will reach the B27, a 4 lane road. Turn onto this road in the direction to Balingen.
After Balingen, the B27 will become a 2 lane road. Another 5 minutes will bring you to Dotternhausen. You will see the cement factory to the right of the road. It looks like a large grain elevator.
At the cement factory, follow the signs to the Museum. There will be parking in front of the museum.