Final report Euro Teddy 2017

With Summerfeeling into a strong Autumn Season.
The Euro Teddy 2017 in Essen

Cuddling factor at about 20 degrees? That happens only at the Euro Teddy in Essen. Because at the
fair weekend the weather god meant it all too well with us and served beary strong good weather on October 14th and 15th.

For our exhibitors, however, it was no reason to pack up the very latest winter collections again. The huge, international followers rejoiced greatly to see all the cuddly creations, luminous Autumn colors and long pile mohair fabrics. The CongressCenter South of the Essen fair opened on time on Saturday morning, to let in the long queue of teddy fans, bear makers and collectors. And they arrived not only from nearby but also from far away, for example from Japan, Russia, the USA or also New Zealand. The Euro Teddy is not just the largest autumn fair, but before the long winter break also a top source of inspiration. Nowhere otherwise one finds so much concentrated know how by artists as in Essen.
Many renowned teddy makers presented their traditional bears, artist bears, miniature animals or
other species. Also the large factories such as “Hermann Spielwaren” or the “Kösener Spielzeugmanufaktur” joined into the league of extraordinary innovations.

”A Highlight was the white Steiff Teddy Bear of 1910.“
The organizer Christine Spies told us right after the fair. „He’s estimated with fabulous 2,800 Euros.“ Of course expert Daniel Hentschel was not to be missed and presented an exclusive showcase
and his legendary estimation point. „It is great that so many visitors take part in the service of
Mr. Hentschel and bring their inherited treasures to let him use his ´magnifying glass`“, rejoiced Christine Spies. Among them were some valuable rarities, which astonished even an experienced collector as Daniel Hentschel.

Large Offer of Artist Supplies
Those who were still looking for the the appropriate equipment for the long winter found fabrics, joints, cotter pins and glass eyes at the Euro Teddy. Here the distributors surprised with unusual collections
and finely tuned colorings. Also bear clothes were seen in abundance – from the knitted dresses up to caps of all kinds the artists brought a lot to show as bear ´Haute Couture`. Other highlights were the felting workshop at the booth of Katja Bredowski from the ´Netzbächer Bears` and the Teddy doctor.

The 24th Contest of the “Europameisterschaft der Teddybärenmacher” This year, the organizers recorded even more submissions for the contest than in the previous year – no
miracle that the jury was spoiled for choice. Who in Essen could enter the stage, you can see in the BaerReport magazine. But of course, we would like to tell about the audience awards. This year they were awarded to the artists Tanja Schilff, Silvia Gilles and Petra Heckmann.

See you next year!
Save the date: The 6th and 7th October you should be absolutely free to meet us at for the 25th Euro


Opening hours of Euro Teddy:
6 and 7 October 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm

Messe Essen, CongressCenter-Sued, Nobertstr. 56, 45131 Essen/Germany

7 euros, children up to 10 years free

Organizer Christine Spies
Phone +49 (0) 221/530 63 53

How to reach the Euro Teddy 2018

Norbertstraße 56 in 45131 Essen

Directions Parking:

By car via highway A 52 or A 40, or motorway B 224th, exit Essen Rüttenscheid, Norbertstrasse.

3,000 parking spaces (P4-P5). Additionally up to 10,000 parking spaces with Park-and-ride system.

Flight connection:

Take advantage of the low – cost flights offered by the latest European airport in “Weeze am Niederrhein” and travel from Weeze by bus and train to the Euro Teddy (Infos:!

By Train:
Essen main train station – 5 minutes with the subway (U11) to the exhibition grounds, final stop:
Messe West / Sued / Gruga.

Tourist Center Essen:

Phone +49 (0) 201/887 20 46/49, Fax +49 (0) 201/887 20 44,
Email:, Internet:

The fair Essen is handicapped accessible. Ground floor has
level access and elevators from one floor to the next.

Organizer: Christine Spies,
Tel. +49 (0)221/530 63 53, Fax +49 (0)221/530 56 89,


Logo Euro-Teddy

Logo Euro-Teddy

A highlight was the white Steiff teddy bear from 1910 with an estimated value of € 2,800.
Ein Highlight ist der weiße Steiff-Teddybär


International artists from all over the world displayed their new creations.