Play to your heart’s content, marvel at building blocks and learn playfully: The games fair at the Stuttgart FairAutumn 2021 (18th to 21st November)
“Man is only completely human where he plays,” Friedrich Schiller already knew. So it’s good that there is the games fair, which this year will become an interactive world of experience and bundle several leisure and hobby areas (18th to 21st November, L-Bank Forum, Hall 1). As a fixed pillar in Stuttgart’s MesseHerbst, it is once again the point of contact for everyone who likes to play and have fun, tinker and build, puzzle and trickle, test or tinker – whether together at the living room table, alone in front of the screen or networked with the whole world. Model railway and technology freaks will also get their money’s worth. One thing is certain: Autumn will be colorful for visitors to the games fair!
Photo: Stuttgarter Messe
Classics, bestsellers and novelties
If you visit the games fair, you should bring enough time. There is not only a huge variety of products to discover board, role-playing and board games, puzzles or toys, but also plenty of opportunity to try out popular classics and exciting novelties for yourself. “Play-it-yourself” is the order of the day: On the big game island, for example, a huge selection of board games is available for free loan. The game professionals from Gamepoint Bietigheim patiently explain the rules and give many useful tips.
Desire for technology
Trying out and participating is also said in the theme park “Lust auf Technik”, which is supported by the Heilbronn Science Center experimenta: The special area for inventiveness and entrepreneurship is aimed at the creators of tomorrow. Workshops, hands-on actions and experiments show how technology can be used creatively. This playfully introduces young people to the so-called STEM professions (mathematics, computer science, science and technology). Among others, the experimenta, the Association of German Engineers, the Talentschmiede Jugend forscht, the Marvin Puchmeier Foundation, the open workshop Hobbyhimmel, the interactive workshops of Jugendhaus e.V. and the Ökomobil für nachhaltige Lebensweise are among the participants. The products and ideas of young inventors presented in the theme park are also particularly exciting.
The world in the hobby cellar
In the special area of model and technology, technology enthusiasts, model makers and hobby railway workers can (literally) live out their passion “to the fullest”. Alexandra Schabert, project manager of the games fair, says Alexandra Schabert, the new, old trend model making has picked up enormous momentum due to the pandemic. The hobby has proven to be crisis-proof, the demand is enormous. In addition to the die-hard model makers, countless newcomers have discovered the model building world for themselves.” One of the highlights in the program is certainly the 16th European N-Scale Convention, which will take place for the first time this year as part of the games fair. “En miniature” goes through the Swiss Alps, along the Japanese tokaidō and into the Wild West via analog or digital control.
Learning by playing
After all, a highlight of every game fair is the awarding of the German Educational Game Prize. In cooperation with a jury of experts, Spielemesse Stuttgart determines a total of twelve educational games of the month, which are presented in advance on the website of the Spielemesse and then tested on site by the trade fair visitors. The audience favorite subsequently chosen by vote receives the coveted award as “Learning Game of the Year”. Playing is not only fun, but also smart!
Large things made of small stones
The members of the Schwabenstein 2×4 e.V. association show how big things can be created from small clamping blocks on the no less than 5000 square meters of the LEGO® building world (Hall 1, Gallery). Detailed replicas of castles and cathedrals inspire the big and small fans of the colorful stones as well as a 120-meter-long railway system or a 1:1-scale Porsche. A huge mosaic of 120,000 parts is created in the hands-on area, and in the author’s lounge you can talk shop with scene greats such as Joachim Klang, Alexander Ehle and Christoph Ruge. Of course, finished building sets and individual stones are also available – even with individual engraving.
The Stuttgart Trade FairAutumn at a glance:
Stuttgarter MesseHerbst is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are only available online, there are no advance booking offices and no box offices on site. Day tickets are available including VVS combination ticket from 13 euros, afternoon tickets (access from 2 pm) from 8 euros. A novelty: Children up to the age of 16 can visit Stuttgart MesseHerbst free of charge. This offer is valid accompanied by at least one adult. The tickets entitle you to visit all trade fairs taking place in parallel on this day. Tickets are available at https://messe-stuttgart.de/ticket.
Contact tracking is generally guaranteed via the entrance ticket. All visitors must therefore register per person with their contact details when buying tickets online. Depending on the announced current level (basic level, warning level, alert level), the 3G rule applies when entering the site (persons with current proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from SARS-CoV2 infection or a current negative test certificate). More at: https://www.messe-stuttgart.de/besucher/aktuelles/sicherer-messebesuch/
Family & Home 18th – 21st November 2021
Creative 18th – 21st November 2021
Games fair with a desire for technology/model making/railway 18. – 21. November 2021
eat & style 18. – 21. November 2021
Animal 19. – 21. November 2021
Veggie & free from 19th to 21st November 2021
Yogaworld 19th – 21st November 2021
Minerals, fossils, jewelry 19. – 21. November 2021
Designfest 19th – 21st November 2021