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Ravensburger AG

legal form Corporation
founding 1883
Seat Ravensburg , GermanyGermanyGermany 
management Clemens Maier
( Chairman of the Board of Management )
Hanspeter Mürle
( Board of Management )
Dieter Kurz
( Chairman of the Supervisory Board )
Number of employees 2153 (2018),
62 trainees (2018)
sales 491.5 million euros (2018)
Branch publishing company
Website www.ravensburger.de

Logo of the Ravensburger brand
All logos since the founding year 1883

The Ravensburger AG is a corporate group with headquarter in Ravensburg , the internationally mainly by the production of board games and puzzles is known. A blue triangle with the words "Ravensburger" serves as the company logo .

The following subsidiaries belong to Ravensburger AG :

  • Ravensburger Verlag GmbH
  • Ravensburger Freizeit- und Promotion GmbH
  • Ravensburger Spieleland AG (was integrated into Ravensburger Freizeit- und Promotion GmbH in 2012)

The formerly independent subsidiary Ravensburger Digital GmbH was merged with Ravensburger AG on January 1, 2017.


Born in Ravensburg in 1852 as the son of the bookseller and publisher Carl Maier, Otto Maier took over his parents' shares in the Dorn'sche publishing house in Ravensburg in 1876. The founding of his own publishing house is dated in retrospect to the year 1883. In this year, the young publisher signed the first author's contract, which is still in existence today, and from then on numbered the games he published with his abbreviation as OM 1 etc. (O [tto] M [aier], game no. 1ff). As early as 1884, the first parlor game, The Journey Around the World , and the first youth stories by Pastor Christoph von Schmid appeared .

While Otto Maier concentrated in the first few years on template folders for craftsmen, educational and family games, guides and children's stories, picture books, books and notebooks for children's activities, technical art instructions and handicraft literature were added around 1900. In the years before the First World War, Otto Maier Verlag already had around 800 different games and books in its range. The name Ravensburger Spiele was patented by the Imperial Patent Office in 1900. The well-known logo of the blue triangle was only registered as a trademark in 1974. In 1912 numerous products were exported to Western Europe and Russia.

From the 1930s to the 1950s Otto-Maier-Verlag was mainly a book publisher - employment materials, board games, quartets and puzzles supplemented the program. The publishing house survived the Second World War without damage and continued to work in the years of reconstruction. As a result, the range of books for children and young people and specialist books on art, architecture and hobbies grew. In 1959 the game memory appeared , which has been sold over 50,000,000 times to date.

From around 1962, Ravensburger grew strongly under the leadership of Otto Julius Maier and developed into a large media company, and since 1964 subsidiaries have been established in the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain and the USA. The publisher has been producing interlocking puzzles since 1964 , of which around 10 million are sold annually today. In 1977 Ravensburger was divided into a games publisher and a book publisher. 1996 FX Schmid was taken over.

Today Ravensburger and its subsidiaries have around 1,800 book titles and 850 games as well as puzzles, hobby products and CD-ROM titles that can be delivered. Every year around 40 new games, 120 new puzzles and 450 new books for children and young people appear on the market. Ravensburger products are exported to more than fifty countries today.

Until 2005, Ravensburger was the main shareholder of RTV Family Entertainment AG with a stake of around 90% , with RTV standing for Ravensburger Film + TV . This share was taken over in 2005 by the Austrian Film & Medien Beteiligungs GmbH, Vienna (F&M). F&M holds approx. 80% of the shares, the rest is in free float.

Ravensburger Foundation

The Ravensburger Foundation aims to strengthen the cultural and social environment of children and families. The target groups of the foundation - children and families - thus correspond to the target groups of Ravensburger products. Since 2011, the foundation has awarded two prizes each year, each worth 12,000 euros: The book prize of the Ravensburger Verlag Foundation is a literary prize for narrative prose in German that paints a contemporary picture of the family. The so-called lighthouse prize is awarded to projects, institutions and individuals who are exemplary in the field of education and upbringing for children and young people.


  • Alea games
  • Alga
  • Brio
  • Carlite
  • Dino
  • Fishtank
  • FX Schmid
  • FX
  • GraviTrax
  • Nathan
  • Ravensburger
  • Ravensburger Spieleland
  • ThinkFun (since 2017)
  • tiptoi , tiptoi® create
  • Wonder Forge




Karl Waldmann's
kicking peter , around 1905


Published by "Ravensburger Verlag" (incomplete):

"Alea Verlag" published as large box games:

Computer games

Computer games appeared until 2002 under the subsidiary Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH or its label Fishtank Interactive , before the company decided to discontinue its business activities in this area.


Games awarded the Game of the Year award:

Games awarded the German Games Prize:


The largest puzzle in the world
40,320 parts

In 2016, Ravensburger presented Unforgettable Disney Moments, the largest buyable puzzle in the world at the time. It depicts ten different Disney stories (including Peter Pan and The Jungle Book ) and consists of 40,320 parts with a size of 6.80 × 1.92 meters.


Individual evidence

  1. a b annual financial statements as of December 31, 2018 , ravensburger.de
  2. unknown. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on May 15, 2017 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.kba-print.de
  3. Lighthouse Prize. Own presentation on the homepage of the Ravensburger Verlag Foundation, accessed on July 10, 2020.
  4. Swedish bites for Ravensburger: Puzzle giant will in future also ride wooden railways , n-tv.de, January 8, 2015, accessed August 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Ravensburger AG (Ed.): Annual Report 2003 of the Ravensburger AG Group . Ravensburg April 29, 2004 ( ravensburger-gruppe.de [PDF; 1.8 MB ; accessed on August 16, 2019]).

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