SPIEL – A Unique Adventure for the Whole Family
What to expect when visiting SPIEL?
SPIEL ’21 – the world’s biggest consumer fair for gaming – offers its visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see, sample and test the complete international games program. In 2019 more than 1,200 exhibitors from 53 nations made this show so unique. Each year gamers from all over the world join the largest meeting of the gaming scene. Publishers, authors, manufacturers, and devoted players gather here to share their experiences, check out the latest developments and introduce new products to the wider public.
On more than 86,000 square meters of exhibition space, all kinds of games are on display, ranging from family, adult, children and parlour games to strategy, mail, adventure, fantasy and science fiction games to video and computer games. Naturally, game classics such as Chess, Go, Backgammon and Bridge won’t be missing. A wide range of comics completes the program.
SPIEL provides an extensive range of fringe events: All exhibitors invite you to join in the action at their tables – just try the unknown, enter one of the numerous competitions, or watch exciting demonstrations!
Families will find a world of adventure for their kids. A huge variety of high-quality toys just waits to be explored – and a special hall is being turned into a playground with climbing areas, juggling, an XXL tabletop kicker, a bouncy castle, and much more.
SPIEL in Essen means: Four days of fun, meeting friends, and a chance to try out thousands of games and novelties just in time for the holiday season. Convince yourself of the quality of the international games market and feel free to buy your favourite ones!
Wheelchairs can be rented for a deposit of EUR 50,– and presentation of an ID card. Please reserve by telephone: +49 (0)201 724-4417.
The Underground line 11 travels directly from Essen Central Station to the entrances Messe East (in front of hall 8), Messe South (in front of hall 1) and Messe West (in front of hall 3).
160 meters from the platform at entrance West, there is a ramp leading to the entrance. From there it is about 270 m to the South entrance and about 700 m to the East entrance. At the entrance East there is an elevator which leads from the Underground station to the entrance.
Toilet facilities for the disabled are near the foyers. These are equipped with the EURO WC closure on the exhibition grounds. If you do not have this key, the toilet maintenance staff can unlock the WC for you on-site. In addition, at every exhibition information station you will receive a corresponding key upon presentation of your ID.
Here you will find a detailed description of how to get to SPIEL.
At the fairground of Messe Essen are four fixed cash dispensers. They are located at the entrance areas West (in front of hall 3) and South (in front of hall 1), as well as in Hall 4A and at the East area. These cash dispensers only allow payouts.
Apart from that there are also various bank branches in the immediate vicinity of the Messe Essen, as follows:
Sparkasse: Rüttenscheider Str. 194 + 110
Deutsche Bank: Rüttenscheider Stern 7
Commerzbank: Rüttenscheider Str. 106
National Bank: Rüttenscheider Str. 125
Hallplans of SPIEL ’19 are included in the SPIEL-GUIDE.
List of exhibitors
A list of exhibitors of SPIEL ’19 is included in the SPIEL-GUIDE.
Lugagge and lockers
In the foyers in front of hall 1 and hall 3 you can find lockers where you can place your lugagge and bags. For more information please contact Messe Essen: +49 (0)201 7244-0. The cloakroom in hall 8 also takes large bags, which can be refilled as often as you like during the day.
The price per bag is EUR 3,– and the first time you refill your bag, you have to pay EUR 2,– extra. From then on you can return and deposit as many games as you like at any time without any additional cost.
A list of new releases of SPIEL ’19 is included in the SPIEL-GUIDE.
Opening Times and Tickets
Thursday to Saturday, October 14th to 16th, the convention is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday, October 17th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Here you will find information about Tickets for SPIEL (starting in August).
Shipping and packaging service at SPIEL!
At the booth of the company Mailboxes Etc., visitors of SPIEL ’21 have the option to ship their purchased games directly from the fairground to their homes. If desired, the staff of Mail Boxes etc. even professionally wraps the purchased games. See here for prices.