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08.12.2015 The Frankfurt exhibition grounds: a "city within the city"

The traditional cornerstone of the Messe Frankfurt company is its home venue in Frankfurt. Situated in the middle of Germany and the heart of Europe, it is a exhibition site with unparalleled accessibility, whether by plane, train, car or public transport.

Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are located near Frankfurt Central Station at the heart of the city, comprising a total area of 592,127 square metres. With 10 halls and various other facilities, the grounds offer 366,637 square metres of exhibition space, as well as an outdoor exhibition area measuring over 96,000 square metres. The company also operates two congress centres. The Frankfurt exhibition grounds are the second largest in the world. During trade fairs, it provides a wide range of services, with an infrastructure that renders it a “city within a city”.

The impressive designs of renowned architects including Helmut Jahn, Oswald M. Ungers and Nicolas Grimshaw have lent the Frankfurt exhibition grounds an unmistakable profile in perfect harmony with the modern Frankfurt city. The grounds can be easily reached both from the airport and via the motorway. With its own suburban train (S-Bahn) station directly on-site as well as underground and tram stations at the "City" entrance, the Messe Frankfurt site features ideal public transportation connections.

The exhibition halls and their architects

“City” entrance &

Hall 1


Helmut Jahn

Festhalle (Hall 2)


Friedrich von Thiersch



KSP Engel / Zimmermann

Hall 3


Nicolas Grimshaw

Hall 4


Architects Otzmann, Maurer, Groethuysen and Wirsing

Hall 5

1971 / 72

Martin Schoenmakers

Hall 6

1961 / 1970

Martin Schoenmakers


1984 / 1989 / 1997

Oswald M. Ungers

Hall 8


von Steinbüchel-Rheinwall 

Hall 9

1981 / 82

Oswald M. Ungers



Oswald M. Ungers

Hall 10

1973 / 1978 / 1992

Martin Schoenmakers / Oswald M. Ungers

Congress Center


Helmut W. Joos

New Dependance


Nicolas Grimshaw

Cargo Center


Kölling Architekten Gbr

Hall 11 & Portalhaus


Hascher Jehle Architektur

Kap Europa


Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Klaus Lenz
ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG

Operation and Security Center (OSC)


hhp-Architekten, Frankfurt am Main

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €645* million in sales and employing 2,297* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries and 57 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 40 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 132* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds.Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
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* preliminary numbers (2015)


Messe Frankfurt trade fairs calendar