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Frankfurt exhibitions ground: a city within a city

7 Jul 2020

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 approximate 67,000 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 12,000 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 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


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

Dismantling as of end of November 2019
New building completed by mid-2023

21,000 m²




18,000 m²

Martin Schoenmakers
Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg

Hall 6

1961 / 1963 / 1971 / 2019


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


30,200 m²


Hall 9

1981 /1982 / 1996

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 / 1992

64,700 m²

Martin Schoenmakers / Oswald M. Ungers

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
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With about 2,600 employees at 29 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €736 million. 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. 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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