At its current location, Messe Stuttgart has 120,000 sq m of exhibition space, including a 4,900 sqm hall in the International Congress Center Stuttgart (ICS). The fairgrounds host over 60 trade fairs and more than 100 congresses and events annually. Messe Stuttgart is active worldwide and has a network of foreign representatives in 51 countries.
Messe Stuttgart and the ICS have committed to sustainability since the very opening of the new exhibition centre in 2007. The trade fair company established a trendsetting standard for the industry with its Green Statement back in 2010.
For more than 50 years, Messe Stuttgart was based in the Killesberg suburb of the city. It moved to its current site right next to Stuttgart Airport in 2007, when the construction of the buildings was completed.
The organisers are now in the midst of Master plan 2025, the purpose of which is to show which construction projects are feasible on the site, as space is limited. New parking spaces, more space for service providers, relocation of the fire brigade, improved traffic conditions on the L1192 including the main gate are just some of the improvements Messe Stuttgart plans.
One of the most striking features of Stuttgart Messe is its huge car park bridge which spans the A8 Autobahn. The car park has space for 4200 vehicles on five stories and a 4-ton Bosch logo on both sides, which is the second-largest illuminated sign in the world and the biggest logo after the unlit Hollywood Sign.
Stuttgart has very good connections to the Central European high-speed ICE network, so that trade fair visitors benefit from direct links to and from many national and international destinations. Stuttgart Central Station is connected to the exhibition grounds by two S-Bahn lines that run more or less around the clock. The journey with the S2 or S3 in the direction of the airport (Filderstadt)/Messe Stuttgart takes approx. 25 minutes and is direct from the main station without changing trains. The Messe stop is only 200 m from the entrance.
Probably the easiest way to get to Messe Stuttgart is by plane. Thanks to the unique location of the event location right next to the airport, once you land, you are only 355 steps away from your destination.
The A8 motorway runs right next to the exhibition grounds and has several exits offering optimal traffic connections. After a short drive, attendees also have access to the north-south axis of the A81. Please note that the city of Stuttgart is an environmental zone, and you will need an environmental sticker for your vehicle if you are planning a visit. Messe Stuttgart is located outside the city limits, and you do not need an environmental sticker there.
Messe Stuttgart provides 6,600 parking spaces plus the five-storey Bosch car park directly above the motorway, the adjoining airport car parks can be used as well. The venue has a dynamic parking guidance system, which allows you to easily find the nearest free parking space. Plus, near Entrance East, customers can charge and park their electrically-powered vehicle or hire one directly at the spot. You can find taxi ranks, as well as VIP and shuttle bus access right in front of the entrances to the trade fair and the ICS.
The city centre is conventionally the most popular area in Stuttgart. The so-called Stuttgart Mitte is perfect for a tour of the city with the Old State Gallery, the historic Schlossplatz and the luxury department stores on Königstrasse. Stuttgart Central Station is also in this area, so there is a wide range of accommodation options. As already mentioned, the central station is about 25 minutes away from the exhibition grounds and the airport.
Plieningen is about 10 kilometres from the city centre, in the Filder Plain. Hohenheim Castle, Stuttgart Airport and the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre are all located here. As the trade fair centre stands right next to the airport, there are many accommodation options in the surrounding area. Many of the world's renowned hotel chains offer rooms for business travellers in the immediate vicinity of the venue.
If you are visiting one of the global events such as CMT - Die Urlaubsmesse, AMB or INTERGASTRA, you will most likely have to book a place outside the city. Especially if you have a tight budget or make a last-minute reservation. The Vaihingen district in the south of Stuttgart or the northern suburb Bad Cannstatt, as well as the neighbouring town Sindelfingen, offer alternative solutions for such cases.
The current trade fair portfolio of Messe Stuttgart location includes world-renowned shows such as: