Meet the dinos!

by Nicole Karsch-Meibom
Contributing writer

Watch out where you go. There could be a dinosaur just around the corner!
Walk through a prehistoric landscape and feel like you are in a different time at the Praehistorium in Landsweiler-Reden, which is a 45 minute drive from Kaiserslautern near Neunkirchen.

Steamy forests and moving dinosaurs — it’s not your typical day in a museum! With animatronic creatures and realistic landscapes, nothing shows you better what life was like millions of years ago than the Praehistorium.

It will be a few steps for you, but 4 million years for this planet, as you go through all stages of Earth’s history, from Precambrian to Jurassic to Cretaceous periods. With state-of-the-art animation techniques and audiovisual effects, this walk-through museum is unique to Germany.

“It’s exciting for adults and kids,” said spokesman Marc Rüther, “because on your path you experience evolution skin-deep. You can see skeletons of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth, you find dinosaurs and fossils, but also, you can learn about paleontology, botany and history. There are audio tours for all ages and a movie theater that’s breathtaking. Kids can be real explorers and search for fossils to take home. They learn and have fun at the same time. This is really great for both families and school classes.”

Once you’re finished with strolling through evolution, enjoy the fun at Gondi’s Dino World, just next to the Praehistorium in Schiffweiler. This unique indoor playground offers 800 square meters of fun for children of all ages. Tunnels and slides lead the young explorers through the Dino World. There is even a 26-foot-high wooden dinosaur for climbing – the one and only worldwide. A special corner is designed exclusively for toddlers where parents can watch and have a coffee at the same time.

Gondwana — Das Praehistorium and Gondi’s Dinoworld (Bildstockstraße, 66578 Schiffweiler). For details on both, call 06821-93163-10 or go online and visit (Gondwana) and (Gondi’s Dinoworld, in German only).