Everyone enjoys a good puzzle, it’s just that we don’t tend to have time to do them. When I was offered to try out one of the popular Ravensburger Puzzles, I was quite intrigued. I knew Ravensburger do amazing, innovative puzzles, but a 1000 piece Ravensburger Puzzle? Is that even possible?
Once we opened the box, the amount of pieces was exciting and a little daunting at the same time. The puzzle was of a detailed photograph of Munich’s Marienplatz, showing the Frauenkirche and Neue Rathaus (Town Hall). Building work on the Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of our Lady) started in 1468, and the church is famous for its magnificent towers, one of which can be climbed to see fantastic views across the city towards the Alps. The Town Hall is a neo-gothic building, dating from the late 19th century and famous for its “glockenspiel”, which boasts 32 near life-size figures. Three times a day the glockenspiel bursts into life, performing for the crowds that gather in the square.
The detail on the picture is amazing, so the jigsaw was going to be a challenge. We cleared the dining table and grouped together. Each tackling a particular section of the jigsaw. This was going to be a group effort! We first started on the obligatory borders and managed to get that completed relatively easily.
We have had the puzzle out for a few days and have dipped in and out as we have passed or have had a few spare minutes. I have to say, once it is out you do get hooked and attempt it. It can get quite addictive, where you don’t want to get up until you have found a particular piece of completed a particular section!
It is a very challenging jigsaw, but it is also very rewarding. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. The price is very reasonable, for a puzzle which is so intricate and where the pieces are so well made. The puzzle is of premium quality and each piece locks in place perfectly, so there is no question of whether it’s the correct piece. Ravensburger are known for their quality and imaginative puzzles and they have a great range to suit all ages. Puzzles are great on rainy days or even at the end of a long day or after a big Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner! Try one, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
This puzzle is priced at £11.99 and is aimed at 12+ age range (which is probably about right) and when completed measure around 70cm x 50cm. It’s definitely a puzzle which can’t be completed in one sitting.