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Frankfurt exhibitions ground: a city within a city

Jun 25, 2018

Located at the heart of financial and business centre Frankfurt, the exhibition grounds are among the largest and most modern worldwide with some 367,000 m² of hall area and approximate 60,000 m² of free space at its disposal. As well as excellent international transport connections by air, rail and road, the exhibition venue enjoys excellent public transport connections.

The S-Bahn suburban train station “Messe” stops in the centre of the exhibition grounds, the U-Bahn underground train station and the Strassenbahn tram station are located directly at the City Entrance/Festhalle.

The venue is extremely convenient for visitors and exhibitors alike – trade fair guests in Frankfurt can choose from a wide range of hotels with approximate 10,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the exhibition grounds. Mobility-impaired visitors can move about easily: the Via Mobile covered moving walkway is a barrier-free access and connection network that joins together all halls on the exhibition grounds.

With their unique designs, renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn, Oswald M. Ungers and Nicolas Grimshaw gave Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds an unmistakeable look that dovetails perfectly with Frankfurt’s modern cityscape. Messe Frankfurt customers set great store by the highly functional nature of its halls and conference facilities, which are ideal for hosting a broad cross-section of events. With the Congress Center and Kap Europa, the company operates two congress centres as well. The new Hall 12 is currently being built in the western section of the exhibition grounds and will be going into operation in autumn 2018.

The Operation & Security Center is the central control room for all security-related matters. First aid station, police, security and all other security partners and service providers are found here under one roof.

Overview of trade fair halls, service and administration buildings
(Gross exhibition area in m²)
City Entrance &
Hall 1
1989 18,000 m² Helmut Jahn
Festhalle (Hall 2) 1909 5,600 m² Friedrich von Thiersch
Forum 2001 Areal hall / Panorama hall
2,300 m² each
KSP Engel / Zimmermann
Hall 3 2001 38,000 m² Nicolas Grimshaw
Hall 4 1983 43,000 m² Architects Otzmann, Maurer, Groethuysen and Wirsing
Hall 5 1971 / 72 21,000 m² Martin Schoenmakers
Hall 6 1961 / 1963 / 1971 35,000 m² Martin Schoenmakers
Torhaus main building / Torhaus Süd (South) / Torhaus Nord (North) 1984 / 1989 / 1997 117 m high /
30 storeys
Oswald M. Ungers
Hall 8
1967 30,200 m² Steinbüchel-Rheinwall
Hall 9   1981 /1982 / 1996 56,200 m² Oswald M. Ungers
Galleria 1983 Between Hall 8 and Hall 9 /
100 metres long and 30 metres high
Oswald M. Ungers
Hall 10          
1973 / 1978 / 1992 64,700 m² Martin Schoenmakers / Oswald M. Ungers
Congress Centre       

1996 15,000 m² /
4 levels /
9 congress halls
Helmut W. Joos
New Dependance
2005  5 floors Nicolas Grimshaw
Cargo Center
2007 5,500 m² Kölling Architekten Gbr
Hall 11 & Portalhaus
2009 23,000 m² Hascher Jehle Architektur
Kap Europa 2014 7,700 m² /
4 levels /
14 conference rooms
Klaus Lenz
ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
Operation & Security Center (OSC)
2014 2,200 m² hhp-Architekten
Hall 12   
Start of construction 2016
Completed in September 2018
33,600 m² Kadawittfeldarchitektur GmbH

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €669 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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