Messe Frankfurt is a well-established event organiser with nearly 50 trade shows and exhibitions in Germany and over 100 events in other locations around the globe. All of them enjoy international popularity. Its own exhibition grounds are quite impressive, occupying a total of 592,127 sq m (400,237 sq m of indoor area plus 59,506 sq m of open space).
The trade fair complex consists of over 90 congress, conference and exhibition halls. The connection between them is achieved via a covered moving walkway - Via Mobile. The comfort of Messe Frankfurt’s guests is guaranteed by its first-class infrastructure and facilities. There are more than 25 on-site restaurants and around 70 cafes, food stands and bars. As for the safety, a 24-hour Operation and Security Centre plus 3 first-aid stations are available.
Frankfurt has been known as a trade fair location since the 14th century. Because of the rich traditions in that aspect, it is not surprising that Frankfurt followed the example of London and Paris, becoming one of the pioneering cities to host industrial exhibitions. The history of Messe Frankfurt began in 1909 with the opening of the Festhalle in the presence of the last German Emperor. The renovated building remains part of the fairgrounds, accommodating meetings, trade shows and concerts.
The venue has grown significantly since the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, it continues to grow and develop its premises and services. The latest plans involving the modernisation of Messe Frankfurt include the renovation of Hall 6 by 2019 as well as the demolition of Hall 5 by the end of 2019 and its rebuilding. The new hall will open its doors in 2022.
Benefiting from a location in the heart of Europe, the venue is easily accessible from Germany and abroad. It is within a 15-minute drive of Frankfurt Airport; many of the events held in Messe Frankfurt have shuttle buses running from the bus station in Terminal 1 via Terminal 2 to the trade fair complex.
Messe Frankfurt’s proximity to the central station (Hauptbahnhof) adds to the convenient public transport connections it already offers. All S-Bahn lines from S1 to S9 and trains EC, ECE, IC, ICE, ICE International, RB, RE, RJ, RJX and TGV stop there. It is a 10-minute walk from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to the fairgrounds. Alternatively, visitors can transfer to any of the lines listed below.
Festhalle/Messe underground station, opposite the City Entrance, is where U-Bahn line U4 stops. There is a tram stop of the same name nearby. Tram lines 16 and 17 stop there.
Frankfurt (Main) Messe S-Bahn station is located close to the Torhaus Entrance. S-Bahn lines S3, S4, S5 and S6 stop there.
There are several multi-level car parks in the vicinity of the exhibition grounds for visitors arriving by car. Over 15,000 parking spaces are available altogether.
Messe Frankfurt’s covered space of over 400,000 sq m is distributed among 12 modern exhibition halls. The characteristics of each hall have distinctive benefits:
As an organiser, Messe Frankfurt arranges some of the largest and most influential events in their respective sectors. These few trade shows represent a small part of its portfolio:
Events by other organisers, taking place at Messe Frankfurt, include: