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Frankfurt exhibitions ground: a city within a city

Dec 15, 2021

Located at the heart of financial and business centre Frankfurt, the exhibition grounds are among the largest and most modern worldwide with some 372,000 m² of hall area and almost 67,000 m² of free space at their disposal. Thanks to their excellent infrastructure, Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region have very good international connections and can be reached easily from anywhere in the world.

Guests can travel to the exhibition venue quickly and comfortably by air, rail or road using public transport. 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 Rhine-Main region offers an excellent hotel infrastructure with an estimated 110,000 beds. Visitors and exhibitors can choose from a wide range of hotels 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 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.

Even during pandemic times, events can still be held on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds – provided this is in keeping with national and federal state regulations. As a venue operator, Messe Frankfurt has – together with the relevant authorities – prepared an integral hygiene and safety concept that complies with the most recent regulations by the federal state and national government makes it possible to hold events. Ensuring the health and safety of all exhibitors, visitors, service partners and employees is Messe Frankfurt’s top priority. This involves adhering Page 2 to distancing requirements through professional crowd management, planning seating and hall arrangements, ventilating rooms with 100 percent fresh air, adapting cleaning intervals, modifying food service concepts and ensuring contact tracing.

Messe Frankfurt customers and service providers will find information about the most recent protective measures on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds at the following link:

Overview of trade fair halls, service and administration buildings
(Gross exhibition area in m²)

City Entrance &

Hall 1


18,000 m²

Helmut Jahn

Festhalle (Hall 2)


5,600 m²

Friedrich von Thiersch



Areal hall / Panorama hall 2,300 m² each

KSP Engel / Zimmermann

Hall 3


38,000 m²

Nicolas Grimshaw

Hall 4


43,000 m²

Architects Otzmann, Maurer,

Groethuysen and Wirsing

Hall 5

1971 / 72

21,000 m²

Martin Schoenmakers


Dismantling as of end of November 2019

New building completed by






18,000 m²

Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg

Hall 6

1961 / 1963 /


Martin Schoenmakers


1971 / 2019

35,000 m²)




26,000 m²


Torhaus main building /

1984 / 1989 /

117 m high /

Oswald M. Ungers

Torhaus Süd (South) /


30 storeys


Torhaus Nord (North)




Hall 8


30,200 m²


Hall 9

1981 /1982 /


56,200 m²

Oswald M. Ungers



Between Hall 8 and Hall 9 /

100 metres long

and 30 metres high

Oswald M. Ungers

Hall 10

1973 / 1978 /

64,700 m²

Martin Schoenmakers / Oswald M.






Congress Centre


15,000 m² /

4 levels /

9 congress halls

Helmut W. Joos

New Dependance


5 floors

Nicolas Grimshaw

Cargo Center


5,500 m²

Kölling Architekten Gbr

Hall 11 & Portalhaus


23,000 m²

Hascher Jehle Architektur

Kap Europa


7,700 m² /

4 levels /

14 conference rooms

Klaus Lenz

ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG

Operation & Security Center (OSC)


2,200 m²


Hall 12


33,600 m²

Kadawittfeldarchitektur GmbH



Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibThe Messe Frankfurt Group is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Group employs approximately 2,300* people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 30 subsidiaries around the world. In 2021, the company had to contend with the challenges posed by the pandemic for the second consecutive year. Annual sales will be approximately €140* million after having been as high as €736 million in 2019 before the pandemic. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our 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. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered 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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*Preliminary figures for 2021