Messe Dusseldorf enjoys continuous success both as a trade fair complex and as an organiser of international events. The fairgrounds cover the impressive 304,800 sq m - 261,800 sq m of indoor exhibition space and 43,000 sq m of outdoor exhibition area. Aside from its 17 halls, Messe Dusseldorf provides 2 convention centres. With an overall capacity of 7500 persons, CCD (short for Congress Center Dusseldorf) has 37 functional rooms, each suitable for up to 2100 persons. CCD Ost has 3 rooms which can accommodate up to 650 persons.
More than 30 large-scale trade shows and exhibitions take place at Messe Dusseldorf on a regular basis, bringing there close to 1,400,000 people annually.
The very first industrial exhibition in the city was held in 1811 and was followed by many other events, which paved the way for the establishment of the NOWEA organisation in 1947. NOWEA - now known around the world as Messe Dusseldorf - gradually outgrew its local character and gained an international significance, hosting and organising events in all major sectors. Starting with merely 4800 sq m, the organisation needed more space even after expanding its initial Ehrenhof premises. In 1971 Messe Dusseldorf moved to the venue in Stockum it still occupies today.
The transformation of Messe Dusseldorf continues with the 2030 Masterplan. So far halls 6, 7, 8a and 8b were built as part of it, as well as the North Entrance, while halls 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 were modernised. Presently, halls 1 and 2 are being consolidated into the new multifunctional hall 1 featuring meeting rooms and additional space. This stage of the 2030 project will be completed by the autumn of 2019, along with a new glass-enclosed South Entrance and adjacent parking facilities.
Arriving to the trade fair complex by public transport from the central station or Heinrich-Heine-Allee via U-Bahn lines U78, U79 and bus line 722 is easy and fast. The two transport hubs mentioned above are connected to most areas of the city and its surroundings.
U-Bahn line U78 stops at Arena/Messe Nord (offering direct access to the North Entrance), Sportpark Nord/Europaplatz, Moerikerstrasse and Messe Ost/Stockumer Kirchstrasse underground stations near the venue.
U-Bahn line U79 stops at Messe Ost/Stockumer Kirchstrasse underground station.
Bus line 722 stops at Messe Ost/Stockumer Kirchstrasse, Messe Osteingang, Messe-Center and Messe Congress Center bus stops.
Bus line 896 stops at Messe Ost, Messe-Center, Messe Congress Center and Messe Nordeingang bus stops.
Messe Dusseldorf is set by the A44 motorway and has two large car parks with a total of 20,000 parking spaces and free shuttles to the entrances.
The complex can be accessed through 5 entrances. A total of 261,800 sq m of indoor area is available in the form of 17 exhibition halls. They range in size from nearly 4000 sq m to over 25,000 sq m.
Messe Dusseldorf’s space is organised as follows: halls 1 and 2 (12.025 sq m altogether, under construction until the autumn of 2019), hall 3 (20,279 sq m), hall 4 (11,483 sq m), hall 5 (11,483 sq m), hall 6 (25,276 sq m, which includes Gallerie), hall 7 (3883 sq m, plus 6650 sq m and 6324 sq m), hall 7a (3938 sq m), hall 8a (12,850 sq m), hall 8b (12,850 sq m), hall 9 (12,409 sq m), hall 10 (16,296 sq m), hall 11 (16,251 sq m), hall 12 (12,120 sq m), hall 13 (16,256 sq m), hall 14 (10,822 sq m), hall 15 (13,148 sq m), hall 16 (16,721 sq m) and hall 17 (8298 sq m).
Messe Dusseldorf receives an impressive number of German and foreign professionals coming to the international events held there. Some of the notable trade fairs based in Messe Dusseldorf include: