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Coronavirus Event and Venue Setting Update 

Nuremberg Toy Fair 2023 will take place as a live event. The hosting dates for the Spielwarenmesse 2023 are 01.02.2023 to 05.02.2023. The edition will be held at Messe Nuremberg. The 2023 live trade fair will feature strict Covid-19 prevention measures. Each measure will follow the latest government regulations. The comprehensive coronavirus safety protocols will include the following:

  • All attendants of Spielwarenmesse must pre-register. This includes service providers, accredited journalists, exhibitors, stand builders, and trade visitors. During pre-registration, attendees must provide full contact details. The details must include first and last name, address, phone number and email address. Attendees should note that all ticket sales will take place online. The pre-registration is necessary for contact-tracing purposes. Participants can buy person and day-specific tickets. 
  • The venue will have a 3G entry regulation in place. Fair attendees can enter after providing a valid ticket and 3G document. Valid forms include negative test results, proof of recovery, and vaccination certificates. All attendants must follow the proper cough and sneeze etiquette. They must also avoid physical forms of greeting, such as shaking hands. Through and frequent handwashing is mandatory for all attendants. This includes exhibitors, visitors and service providers. There will be sanitation stations located in strategic areas such as the entrances. 
  • Participants must wear face masks in all indoor areas of the exhibition centre. There are three exceptions to this regulation. Attendees may not wear masks during negotiations at exhibitor stands. They may also remove them in locations with fixed seating or standing configurations. Likewise, they may also opt to not wear masks when there is a plexiglass barrier between them and others. Attendees must wear face masks in congested entrance and meeting areas. They do not need to wear masks in outdoor areas. In case of loss, they can use one of the supplies found in central locations.
  • Messe Nuremberg will have a strict sanitation rule in place. This will include high-touch surfaces and sanitary facilities undergoing frequent cleaning. A complete change of the indoor air will take place every few hours. For the task, the venue will use a ventilation system with separate exhaust and supply flows. There will also be a strict social distance rule in place. The mandatory social distance is 1.5 metres in all areas of the venue. To aid attendees, the messe will put in place changes. These will include more floor space, wider aisles, and restructured entrance areas. There will also be new seating configurations in the conference and forum locations. Digital guidance systems, floor markings and notice boards will remind about the rule.

A Brief Overview of Messe Nuremberg

Messe Nurnberg or Nuremberg is among Germany’s high-ranking exhibition centres. It is a popular event venue located in the Langwasser district. Inaugurated in 1974, and modernised in 2005 and 2014, the venue features 16 halls. The total event space of the complex is 180 000 m2, including a 50 000 m2 outdoor area. The complex’s congress centre can accommodate 12 800 people. This enables the venue to host large conferences and forums while providing comfort. Messe Nuremberg hosts around 120 national and international events every year. As a result, it receives around 35 000 exhibitors and approximately 1.5 million visitors. Among the main events that take place at the exhibition centre is the Nuremberg Toy Fair. 

Industry Relevance

Spielwarenmesse or Nuremberg Toy Fair is the leading event for the toy industry. It serves as the focal point for showcasing leading trends and innovations. It is also the meeting location for specialists wishing to expand their knowledge. The Nuremberg Toy Fair also acts as the industry's primary procurement platform. Many professionals also attend to raise brand awareness or to make new investments. The Spielwarenmesse is held at Messe Nuremberg every year in January or February. A peculiar feature of the fair is that at the end of the expo, many exhibitors donate toys. This is done to support local social institutions.

Why Your Visit Is Worth It

Over 60 000 visitors attend the annual Nuremberg Toy Fair. For example, the 2020 edition of the fair received a total of 63500 visitors and 2,843 exhibitors. The fair receives trade delegates from 136 countries. Attending nations include Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA, and Belgium. They furthermore feature France, Russia, the UK, and the Netherlands. China, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic are also among the attending countries. As are South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Sweden. The fair attracts representatives from various industries and sectors. These include:

  • Toy manufacturing
  • Cosmetics
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • Publishing
  • Gaming
  • Sports goods
  • Stationery
  • Retail trade
  • Book trading
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
  • Confectionery/Foods and Beverages

Who Are You Going to Meet?

The Nuremberg Toy Fair is the central meeting platform for many industry professionals. Among them are specialists such as:

  • Stationery, museum, online, gift, model construction, game, and toy stores
  • Drug, craft, department, furniture, DIY, and lifestyle stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Discounters
  • Amusement parks
  • Mail-order companies
  • Licensors
  • Promotional item sellers
  • Game designers, critics, and illustrators
  • Licensing, event, and advertising agencies
  • Start-ups, small, mid-size, and large businesses
  • Game rental, Halloween, role play, and costume rental shops.
  • Sporting and baby goods retailers 
  • Fun, leisure, and theme park executives
  • Food, decoration, and electronics retailers
  • Theatrical and nursery/school outfitters
  • Specialist media, trade publishers, and booksellers
  • Stationery and promotional item traders
  • Games forums
  • Decision-makers from the education sector
  • Social and public institutions
  • Merchandise management system experts

Spielwarenmesse attracts both local and global companies. This includes enterprises such as Purzmurzel and Bruder Spielwaren, as well as Mattel. Hasbro, Accutime Watch Co and Ricochet also attend the fair.

Event Changes for Nuremberg Toy Fair 2022

Spielwarenmesse’s 2022 edition will take place as a hybrid event. It will consist of the traditional exhibition and a digital platform (Spielwarenmesse Digital). The in-person exhibition will take place in Messe Nuremberg. The online portal will feature several services. This includes exhibitors being able to create digital company profiles. They will additionally be able to host video conferences. Also, Spielwarenmesse Digital will grant access to the support programme. This includes leading events such as the Licensetalks, Toy Business Forum and others. A networking service will permit users to arrange in-person or virtual meetings. For the task, they use video or audio calls, as well as private and group chats. 

Spielwarenmesse’s central theme will be the “Toys Go Green” megatrend. Attendees can observe the theme via a special zone with the same name in Hall 3A. The special area will contain four themed islands, each presenting a product category. The categories presented are: 

  • Made by Nature
  • Inspired by Nature
  • Discover Sustainability
  • Recycle & Create

“Made by Nature” will present the latest toys created from natural materials. Such include wool, natural rubber, maize, wood, cork, or bamboo. Renewable raw materials will be the focus group of “Inspired by Nature”. At the “Discover Sustainability” participants can explore education toys that focus on sustainability. This includes topics such as the natural environment and climate. “Recycle & Create” will be the theme island for toys created via upcycling and recycling. The “Toys Go Green” special zone will also include lectures on sustainability. The megatrend will also be one of the central discussion topics at the Toy Business Forum.

The Game Inventors' Fair and the Nuremberg Toy Fair will coincide. The name of  Game Inventors Fair will be “Internationale Spieleerfindermesse — Game Inventors Convention”. It will be the presentation stage for the most recent game prototype launches. The Game Inventors Convention will occur at Brussels Hall. It will feature a comprehensive exhibition and networking party. The event will permit developers to exhibit before editors, critics, journalists, and bloggers. Game publishers will also attend as visitors seeking potential new investments.

Spielwarenmesse will once again include the Toys Meet Books sub-event. It will also put in place a few sub-event changes. The exhibition, for instance, will be modified. This will include the consolidation of the Model Railway and Construction segments. RC vehicles, multimedia, drones, and robots will be part of a new electronic toy segment. The product group “Festive Articles, Carnival, and Fireworks” will have more available space. The international ToyAward will feature a new division known as Sustainability. It will laud innovative high-sustainability wares such as toys.

Service providers can look forward to a novel exhibition area in Hall 3. It will enable several types of professionals to showcase their latest products. Professionals who can exhibit at the location include:

  • Merchandise management system experts
  • POS experts
  • Shopping and logistics experts
  • Marketing service specialists
  • Production technology and consultancy experts
  • Display, software, and packaging expert
  • Resources and manufacturing material handling specialists
  • Test and inspection institutes

Attendees who can visit the zone include: 

  • Specialist buyers
  • Trading companies
  • Independent distributors and retailers
  • Retail and industry employees who handle purchasing services
  • Industrial companies
  • Purchasing cooperatives
  • Trade Associations

The specialised zone will also include updated showcases of the latest product innovations.  

What is Included in the Event Programme?

Spielwarenmesse allows industry experts to network, close important deals, and gain recognition. It also enables them to expand their knowledge and overview several industries. Spielwarenmesse can help experts in completing such goals through its comprehensive support programme. 

The trade show’s event schedule includes various sub-events. One of the main events in the schedule is the comprehensive exhibition. This is due to the exposition enabling professionals to complete 3 vital goals. Among them s networking with other professionals. Furthermore, via the exhibition, professionals can gain recognition by presenting their latest innovations. The exposition also allows experts to conduct business by closing important deals. The exposition features 12 product groups to make finding suitable suppliers easier. The product groups are:

  • Sports, leisure, outdoor
  • Lifestyle Products
  • Model railways and construction
  • School Articles, stationery, creative design
  • Electronic toys
  • Technical, educational, action toys
  • Festive articles, carnival, fireworks
  • Baby/Infant Articles
  • Multi-Product Group
  • Dolls and soft toys
  • Games, books, learning and experimenting
  • Wooden and made from natural materials toys

Each segment features a range of subdivisions. The subdivisions for each product group are as follows:

  • Sports, Leisure, Outdoor
  1. Leisure
  2. Outdoor summer
  3. Outdoor winter
  • Lifestyle Products
  1. Home & Decoration
  2. Fashion & Accessories
  3. Textiles
  4. Gift Articles
  • Model Railways and Model Construction
  1. Hobbies
  2. Model Railways
  3. Model construction
  4. Accessories
  • School Articles, Stationery, Creative Design
  1. Stationery
  2. Creative Design
  3. School Articles
  • Electronic Toys
  1. Robot toys
  2. RC toys
  3. Other electronic toys
  4. Electronic learning
  5. Virtual play
  • Technical Toys, Educational Toys, Action Toys
  1. Action Toys
  2. Technical Toys
  3. Educational Toys
  • Festive Articles, Carnival, Fireworks
  1. Fireworks
  2. Festive Articles
  3. Carnival
  • Baby and Infant Articles
  1. Baby Toys
  2. Baby Textile
  3. Care & Food
  4. Travel Systems
  5. Home and safety products
  • Multi-Product Group
  1. Included manufacturers whose product portfolio spans two or more categories.
  • Dolls, Soft Toys
  1. Soft Toys
  2. Dolls
  • Games, Books, Learning and Experimenting
  1. Books
  2. Non-book
  3. Games
  4. Learning and Experimenting
  • Wooden Toys, Toys made from natural materials
  1. Wooden Toys and Articles
  2. Toys made from natural materials
  3. Craftworks

The Nuremberg Toy Fair also contains other sub-events of great importance. Among them are the various thematic areas found throughout the showgrounds. Such zones allow exhibiting companies to showcase select innovations to select visitor groups. They can also help companies in gaining recognition. Example thematic areas include Tech2Play, ShowTime, Insights-X, Small Batch Series Manufacturers, and StartupArea. Each thematic area focuses on a specific product group or type of exhibitor. Tech2Play, for instance, is the central location for "Electronic Toys" exhibitors. 

ShowTime is the main showcasing zone for exhibitors from the Festive product group. It is a 200-square-meter special area that features a series of sub-events. Among them is a catwalk show that promotes new costume models. Insights-X is the location for stationery and office supplies exhibitors. It is where such experts can showcase their products and access marketing opportunities. The Small Batch Series Manufacturers is for small-batch model railway and construction manufacturers. It features a specialised track where such professionals can showcase new models. The StartupArea is the dedicated zone for new businesses. The thematic areas allow professionals regardless of their product group to gain recognition. This is because the zones allow them to present their latest wares to a select group of visitors. This group includes key decision-makers as well as investors. 

Another recognition-providing sub-event is the ToyAward. The ToyAward is an international prize that acknowledges industry-growth-promoting innovations. The ToyAward competition draws many visitors, including accredited media representatives. This allows winners and participants to increase brand awareness. Winners, in particular, can also take advantage of year-round digital media advertising. Such advertising is part of the honours first-place competitors earn. The ToyAward features five permanent categories as well as a rather recent addition. The five permanent categories are Startup, Teenagers & Adults, SchoolKids, PreSchool, Baby & Infant. Startup lauds the innovations created by aspiring professionals and start-up companies. Teenagers & Adults is for innovations that target children who are 10 years old or older. SchoolKids rewards innovations that focus on children between the ages of 6 and 10. PreSchool is for innovation whose focus group consists of 3 to 6-year-old children. Baby & Infant is for innovative wares that target babies and children up to 3 years old. Six criteria form the rating of each nomination for the ToyAward. The criteria are: 

  • Prospects of shop success
  • Comprehensibility of the product concept
  • Safety
  • Play fun
  • Originality
  • Workmanship & quality

As mentioned, the ToyAward also includes a rather recent addition to its categories. This is the Sustainability category, a division that rewards high-sustainability innovations. The category reflects the megatrend of “Toys Go Green”. Each nominated toy within this category will receive a rating after careful examination. The judges will determine the rating based on five criteria. These are: 

  • Circular packaging
  • Playing and learning content
  • Renewable resources
  • Circular product
  • Renewable energies

The Circular product and Packaging criteria examine the product’s official website. Circular packaging measures the level of renewability and recyclability the packaging has. The nominated meet the criteria when the website informs about two of the following: 

  • Material and product recyclability;
  • Later use of the packaging as per its material type. All such statements must adhere to the state requirements the marketed region has. Such informational notices must also a recycling scheme licence;
  • Use of recycled raw materials;

Circular product measures the life cycle quality of the nominated innovation. Nominations meet the standard when the official website contains verifiable statements about: 

  • Take-back scheme services;
  • Guarantee statements or take-back obligations to ensure repairability or lifespan
  • Use of recycled raw materials;
  • Recyclability;

Learning and playing content measures communication and educational quality. The nominated fulfil the criterion when at least two of the following are present:

  • The product explains climate change in understandable terms;
  • The product explains biodiversity in understandable terms;
  • The product explains circular economy in understandable terms;
  • The product explains renewable energies in understandable terms;

Renewable resources focus on the renewable resources' aspect. The nominated wares meet this standard when at least two conditions are present:

  • At least 30% of the material components use renewable resources for their creation.
  • The biogenic resource content certification process adheres to EN/DIN/TUV standards. 
  • Harmful effects such as deforestation are prevented via the biomass’ origin.
  • Biomass origin is transparent and the supply chain certification follows PEFC/FSC standards. 

The official website understandably states the use of renewable resources. Likewise, the production location and standard statements are transparent. 

  • Renewable energies estimate the ware’s usage of renewable energy. The nominated innovations meet the criterion, at least two conditions are fulfilled:
  • At least 50% of the total consumption is compensated by the use of renewable energy sources.
  • The usage and origin of renewable energy sources adhere to the ISO 50001 standard.
  • There are transparent statements about the use of such sources.
  • The energy efficiency is at its highest or the energy consumption is at its possible lowest.

Professionals can also attend Spielwarenmesse to expand their specialist knowledge. They can complete this goal by attending several sub-events. These include ToyCity, ToyAcademy, Toys Meet Books, Toy Business Forum, and TrendGallery. The ToyCity is a unique sub-event. It is a specialised tour that showcases Nuremberg's history of manufacturing toys. It allows professionals to gain inspiration for new product developments. They can gain such inspiration by visiting doll doctors, stores, and museums. One of the tour locations included in the programme is the German Games Archive. The Archive features over 30,000 games, 7000 books, and game designer legacy wares. The tour also includes the German National Museum. It is the location of an exhibition that contains more than 20,000 historical toys. Among the highlights of the collection are four large 17th-century dollhouses. Another highlight is the various one-of-a-kind historical paper theatres. There are also a variety of optical toys available. There are toys from several historical eras. This includes the Reformation period and the early 20th century.

The vital future trends for the toy manufacturing industry are presented in TrendGallery. They are showcased by leading trend scouts who present their latest research findings. This allows professionals to study in detail various trends and potential markets. It also allows them to gain new product development perspectives. Likewise, The Toy Business Forum can help professionals learn about the latest trends. It can also help them in leading about the latest issues and market developments. The Forum can also aid experts to learn valuable sales and marketing strategies. The Forum consists of a series of lectures. Each lecture features a leading expert presenting their latest findings and experiences. This allows professionals to expand their knowledge and network with other specialists.

ToyAcademy can help experts in learning about digitalisation, sustainability, markets and retail trade. This is due to the sub-event containing presentations held by international experts. Such presentations allow professionals to gain insights into different topics. Among the example subjects are means to incorporate sustainability. Toys Meet Books is a showcase area with several theme worlds. It is the location for booksellers looking to expand their product ranges with toys. For the task, they can explore showcased products relevant to the publishing industry. Such include various showcased book and toy combinations. The Toys Meets Books also contains the sub-event known as The Toys Meets Books Talks. These are interviews during which leading experts provide information on several topics. Such include the toy sector's internal workings and how to create emotive theme table presentations. They also include details about complementary product lines. 

The Nuremberg Toy Fair can provide valuable information to professionals from several industries. This includes experts such as:

  • Licensing/event/advertising agencies
  • Stationery/museum/online/gift/model construction/game/toy stores
  • Decision-makers from the education sector
  • Food/decoration/electronics retailers
  • Fun/leisure/theme park executives
  • Specialist media, trade publishers, and booksellers
  • Stationery and promotional item traders
  • Games forums
  • Game bloggers and editors
  • Software/packaging/display experts
  • Merchandise management systems and POS experts
  • Industrial companies
  • Specialist buyers
  • Trading companies
  • Independent distributors and retailers
  • Sporting and baby goods retailers
  • Social and public institutions
  • Drug/craft/department/furniture/DIY/lifestyle stores
  • Promotional item sellers
  • Licensors
  • Mail-order companies
  • Start-ups, small, mid-size, and large businesses
  • Supermarkets
  • Game rental/Halloween/role play/costume rental shops
  • Discounters
  • Amusement parks
  • Theatrical and nursery/school outfitters
  • Game designers, critics, and illustrators
  • Product managers
  • Production technology/consulting/marketing services specialists
  • Inspection and testing institutes
  • Purchasing cooperatives
  • Trade associations 
  • Retail and purchasing service employees

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Event Times and City Logistics

The Nuremberg Toy Fair takes place every year for five days, with the visiting hours being between 9 am and 6 pm. Spielwarenmesse eG hosts the event at Messe Nuremberg with the aid of NürnbergMesse GmbH. Most often, the event takes place in January or February. 

One of Nuremberg's leading event venues is Messe Nuremberg. It is an exhibition site with extensive public transportation links. This is due to the venue having several metro, bus and train stations within walking distance. This can help you in saving time when travelling from the city’s different districts. For instance, by exploiting the U1 metro line, you can reach the venue from the central station in 8 minutes. Likewise, you can access the exhibition centre from the airport in 20 minutes via the U1 and U2 metro lines.

Nuremberg (Nuernberg) is one of Germany’s popular exhibition cities. It is a large city with an extensive and well-working public transportation network. The network consists of a variety of bus, train, metro, and car links. This enables travelling to many destinations in the area, such as Erlangen. Travelling via the various buses, trains, or metro saves time. For instance, by using the ICE509 bus line, you can access Erlangen in 19 minutes. Likewise, the RE16 bus line allows you to reach Schwabach in 11 minutes. The public transport system also allows you to save time when travelling around Nuremberg. For instance, the U2 metro and bus 7 lines allow you to access the Sudstadt district from the airport in 25 minutes. Likewise, you can access the city centre from the terminal in 10 minutes via the bus 30 line. 

Nuremberg provides a wide range of dining and accommodation options. Accommodation options include over 300 hotels and hostels in districts such as the Altstadt. Lodging alternatives also include guest houses and apartments in locations such as the Sudstadt. You can also opt to stay in nearby cities such as Erlangen. Dining options within Nuremberg include cafés, clubs, bars, and restaurants. They also include Messe Nuremberg due to its catering services.

Past Editions 

2020 Edition

From 29.01.2020 to 2.02.2020, the Nuremberg Toy Fair took place. Spielwarenmesse 2020 occurred as a live exhibition at Messe Nuremberg. A total of 136 countries and 2843 exhibitors attended the edition. The edition showcased approximately 120 000 innovations over five days. A total of 63,500 trade visitors overviewed the presented wares. The third instalment of Toys Meets Books was one of the event's highlights. 

2022 Edition

The 2022 edition of Nuremberg Toy Fair was held in digital form due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was hosted on digital.speilwarenmesse.de and was held between 02.02.2022 - 06.02.2022. The edition featured 642 exhibiting companies and  10,813 trade visitors. A total of 82 countries were represented at the event.

Past editions

Nuremberg Toy Fair / Spielwarenmesse 2021

27.01.2021 - 31.01.2021

Nuremberg Toy Fair / Spielwarenmesse

Cancelled because of COVID-19

2,843

Total Exhibitors

62,357

Total Visitors

2,886

Total Exhibitors

66,876

Total Visitors

2,849

Total Exhibitors

70,348

Total Visitors

How to get to Nuremberg Toy Fair / Spielwarenmesse

On Foot

On Foot

Nuremberg Airport – not advisable

Nuremberg Central Station – 1 hr via Allersberger Strasse

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By Car

Nuremberg Airport – 30 mins via B4R

Nuremberg Central Station – 10 mins via Münchener Strasse

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By Public Transport

Nuremberg Airport – 30 mins via U-Bahns U2 and U1

Nuremberg Central Station – 10 mins via U-Bahn U1

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