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Frankfurt exhibitions ground: a city within a city

23 Dec 2022

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 UBahn 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 exhibiting companies can choose from a wide range of hotels within walking distance of the exhibition grounds. Mobilityimpaired 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’s guests 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 securityrelated 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 safely with state-ofthe- art air-conditioning technology, careful monitoring and additional safety and hygiene measures.

Information about the most recent protective measures on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds can be found at the following link: Protection and hygiene concept (

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 Nicholas Grimshaw
Hall 4 1983 43,000 m² Architects Otzmann, Maurer, Groethuysen and Wirsing
Hall 5

1971 / 72

Dismantling as of end of November 2019 New building; completed by January 2023

21,000 m²

18,000 m²

Martin Schoenmakers

Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg

Hall 6 1961 / 1963 / 1971 / 2019 (originally 35,000 m²) 26,000 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 Helmut W. Joos
New Dependance 2005 5 floors Nicholas 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 2018 33,600 m² Kadawittfeldarchitektur GmbH

Background information: Sustainable Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of some 2,200* people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. Group sales in financial year 2022 were around €450 million*. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of Messe Frankfurt’s key strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of 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 using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Sustainability is a central pillar of our corporate strategy. Here, we strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity. For more information, please visit our website at: 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). For more information, please visit our website at:
* Preliminary figures for 2022