Messe Nuremberg

Messezentrum 1
Nurnberg, Germany
Location: 49.41657, 11.11252
photo: Thomas Geiger

The German trade show industry is stronger than ever and NürnbergMesse has a part in its success. The exhibition company’s presence on the global stage is solidified by over 120 trade fairs organised worldwide every year, collectively gathering more than 35,000 exhibitors and 1,500,000 visitors. This ranks NürnbergMesse among the 15 leaders in its field.

As for the fairgrounds, Messe Nuremberg provides a total of 180,000 sq m of exhibition area, with 50,000 sq m of functional outdoor space and vast green areas. The congress and conference facilities of NürnbergConvention Center (NCC) accommodate up to 12,800 delegates.

There are 7 main restaurants, 7 bistros and 3 cafeterias to meet the catering needs of the event organisers. Additional restaurants can be temporarily set in Messe Nuremberg’s exhibition halls during major trade fairs.

Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second-largest city and has a long history of hosting fairs, owing to its strategic location. When Messe Nuremberg opened doors for the first time in 1974, the new establishment inherited rich traditions in its architecture. Apropos of tradition, the city known for over 600 years of toymaking and a unique Toy Museum, it also carries the spirit of play in Spielwarenmesse, one of the most iconic events held in Messe Nuremberg.

The venue’s initial display area of 60,000 sq m exponentially grew to its current dimensions, evolving with the times and the rising demand for a special exhibition experience. One such addition is the development of NCC Ost congress centre in 2005 which added a spectacular athmospheric body to the original Messe. The expansion of the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg continued in 2014 with the new hall 3A (8400 sq m) and 3C (9600 sq m) in 2018. Both are designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects.

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The trade fair complex can be easily accessed via the A3, A6, A9 and A73 motorways. Messe Nuremberg operates an award-winning smart traffic guidance system. 18,000 parking spaces are available through the system, with 6500 parking spaces within walking distance and 6 e-charging stations.

Germany is the epitome of an efficient public transport service and Nuremberg is no exception. The most convenient option to reach the venue is the U1 underground line (U-Bahn U1). The trip from the Messe station to the central railway station (Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof) takes just 8 minutes. The main station offers connections to the airport and all major German cities.

Bus lines 92, 93, 603, N4 and N15 also stop in close proximity to the exhibition centre.

Halls of Messe Nuremberg

Messe Nuremberg occupies a total of 180,000 sq m and has 16 multi-purpose halls. Their layout around the central Messepark ensures a smooth logistics process for each event held there, as the visitor flow is separated from the exhibitors’ deliveries.

The exhibition halls are accessible through 6 main entrances and vary in size: hall 1 (10,800 sq m), hall 2 (4680 sq m), hall 3 (12,730 sq m), hall 3A (8400 sq m), hall 3C (9600 sq m), hall 4 (11,690 sq m), hall 4A (7020 sq m), hall 5 (7840 sq m), hall 6 (7840 sq m), hall 7 (16,410 sq m), hall 7A (8850 sq m), hall 8 (4680 sq m), hall 9 (10,800 sq m), hall 10.0 (6720 sq m), hall 10.1 (6870 sq m), hall 11.0/Frankenhalle (5340 sq m), hall 11.1/Frankenhalle (4780 sq m), hall 12.0 (13,730 sq m) and hall 12.2 (13,330 sq m).

The modern NürnbergConvention Center on the site comprises NCC Mitte (serving as the parlour of the convention centre), NCC West and NCC Ost. The first two are connected via a covered passageway and can accommodate more than 8000 people altogether. The parlour provides access to halls 1, 9, 10 and 11, while the 3-level NCC West offers direct access to halls 11 and 12. The 3-level NCC Ost has access to halls 4A, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 7A.

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Quick info

Year Built:1974
Total Area:230,000 m2
Indoor Area:180,000 m2
Outdoor Area:50,000 m2
Number of Halls:16
Parking Spaces:18,000
Official Website:Messe Nuremberg
Halls Map:View map
Health & Safety:View documents
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Important exhibitions

NürnbergMesse organises and hosts trade fairs and exhibitions which have become key platforms for their respective industries:

  • BIOFACH, the world-renowned trade show for organic food;
  • BrauBeviale, the leading event covering beverage production and marketing;
  • Chillventa, the international trade fair bringing forward the novelties in energy efficiency, refrigeration and heating;
  • embedded world, the exhibition and conference which gathers the global embedded sector;
  • GaLaBau, the expo dedicated to designing and maintaining urban green spaces;

Some of the famous guest events held in Messe Nuremberg are:

  • European Coatings Show, the benchmark event for the paint and coatings industry;
  • Nuremberg Toy Fair, also known as Spielwarenmesse in German, the meeting point for the games and toy market;
  • SPS or SPS - Smart Production Solutions (formerly referred to as SPS IPC Drives), focused on smart and digital automation.