Messe Berlin boasts 26 exhibition halls and 180,000 sq m of exhibition space, which places it among the largest trade fair venues on a global scale. With the opening of two new locations - Berlin ExpoCenter Airport and CityCube Berlin - a few years ago, the venue is now alternatively known as Berlin ExpoCenter City.
The fairgrounds are characterised by excellent infrastructure and accessibility. The combination of technical innovation and multifunctional facilities create conditions for staging all kinds of events. Sustainability and environmental protection are a priority. Their principles are incorporated in the daily processes occurring in Messe Berlin.
The first industrial exhibitions in Berlin date back to 1822. In another hundred years some key trade shows were already a fact, along with the initial exhibition halls. Since then, Messe Berlin has been restored, expanded and renovated numerous times. The latest addition will be hall 27 - or hub27 Berlin - a column-free structure of 15,000 sq m. It will be adjacent to halls 1 and 25, and is expected to open in April 2019.
Although there is a choice of restaurants near Messe Berlin - including the panoramic Funkturm - the city has plenty more to offer. From street food and traditional German dishes to international specialties and gourmet. The city centre (just 30 minutes away) is perfect for dining, sightseeing and shopping.
The fairgrounds are well connected to the rest of the city and its surrounding towns.
Messe Nord/ICC S-Bahn Station is located near the North Entrance. Lines S41, S42 and S46 stop there, as well as buses 139, 218, A05, M49, X34 and X49.
Kaiserdamm underground station is also close to the North Entrance. The connection it offers is line U2.
Messe Sued S-Bahn Station is close to the South Entrance and offers the following links: lines S3, S5, S7, S9 and S75, and buses 349, S9.
Westkreuz S-Bahn Station is set in proximity to the East Entrance. Lines S3, S5, S7, S9 and buses 104, N42, S9 stop there.
For those who travel by car, there are 12,000 parking spaces.
Messe Berlin is set in the Charlottenburg district. As the surrounding area is residential, the accommodation choices are somewhat limited. Still, being so close to the exhibition centre, it is among the most preferred options by trade fair participants.
Ku'damm, Berlin’s main shopping area, also offers proximity and easy access to the fairgrounds (direct subway and S-Bahn train lines). Its lively character, entertainment, dining and shopping possibilities make it irresistible for anyone who wishes to feel Berlin.
The Tiergarten area lies between Ku'damm and the city centre. With direct public transport to the venue in a matter of 25-30 minutes and quick links to Berlin’s top attractions, it is also among the most desirable hotel locations. As far as hotel rates go, the area is comparable to Ku'damm.
Cheaper accommodation alternatives during trade shows can be found in the central Alexanderplatz/Mitte area. It’s further away from Messe Berlin (35-40 minutes by public transport). However, Berlin’s landmarks, shops and restaurants in the centre make up for the distance.
Messe Berlin is home to events of international importance, bringing hundreds of thousands of attendees from Germany and abroad. The list is quite long, but some of the most significant events include:
IFA Berlin, the leading trade show dedicated to consumer electronics;
InnoTrans, the number-one platform for transport technology;
Fruit Logistica, the largest trade fair for fresh produce;
Internationale Grüne Woche (also referred to International Green Week Berlin), gathering the food, agriculture and gardening sectors;
ITB Berlin, the much praised travel trade show.