Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt (lit.'Frankfurt Trade Fair') is the world's largest trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds.[3] The organization has 2,500 employees at some 30 locations, generating annual sales of around €661 million. Its services include renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.

Messe Frankfurt GmbH
IndustryTrade fair
FounderCity of Frankfurt
Key people
Wolfgang Marzin (Chairman),
Uwe Behm,
Detlef Braun
Revenue154 million Euro (2021)[1]
Number of employees
c. 2,500 (2022)[2]

Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the federal state Hesse (40 percent).[4] The Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt consists of Wolfgang Marzin (Chairman), Detlef Braun, and Uwe Behm.[5]


Frankfurt has been known for its trade fairs for over 800 years. In the Middle Ages, merchants and businessmen met at the "Römer", a medieval building in the heart of the city that served as a market place; from 1909 onwards, they met on the grounds of the Festhalle Frankfurt, to the north of Frankfurt Central Station. The first Frankfurt trade fair to be documented in writing dates back to 11 July 1240, when the Frankfurt Autumn Trade Fair was called into being by Emperor Frederick II, who decreed that merchants travelling to the fair were under his protection. Some ninety years later, on 25 April 1330, the Frankfurt Spring Fair also received its privilege from Emperor Louis IV. And from this time onwards, trade fairs were held in Frankfurt twice a year, in spring and autumn, forming the basic structure for Messe Frankfurt's modern consumer goods fairs.[3]

In 2003 Frankfurt hosted a total of 24 trade fairs of international magnitude. These 24 international trade fairs included the International Motor Show Germany (IAA), and the Frankfurt Book Fair. That year, a total of 40,295 exhibitors presented their products in Frankfurt. In excess of 2.4 million visitors came to see and examine these products.[6]

In 2021, the IAA moved to Munich.[7]

Frankfurt Trade FairEdit

Location and sizeEdit

Located near the centre of Frankfurt, the exhibition grounds are among the largest and most modern worldwide with 372,350 m2 (4,007,900 sq ft) of hall area and more than 66,764 m2 (718,640 sq ft) of free space at its disposal.[8]

Public transitEdit


Notable architects of the exhibition ground were Helmut Jahn (Messeturm), Oswald Mathias Ungers (Messe Torhaus) and Nicholas Grimshaw (Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall). The company operates two congress centres, the Congress Center and Kap Europa,[9]. Hall 12 is the newest and ultramodern hall. From 2023 onwards, the new Hall 5 will be ready.[10][11]



  1. ^ "Messe Frankfurt will Umsatz nach Ende der Corona-Zeit fast verdreifachen". (in German). 28 June 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Messe Frankfurt – Arbeiten bei der größten Messe der Welt". (in German). 15 August 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Trade Fair location Frankfurt". Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Messe Frankfurt in Zahlen". Messe Frankfurt (in German). 1 January 1970. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Management". Messe Frankfurt (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  6. ^ Harald Bathelt; Francesca Golfetto; Diego Rinallo (2014). Trade Shows in the Globalizing Knowledge Economy. Oxford University Press. p. 161. ISBN 9780199643080.
  7. ^ "Rede von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel anlässlich der "IAA Mobility" am 7. September 2021 in München". Die Bundesregierung informiert (in German). Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Messebau Frankfurt – Ihr individueller Messestand". Messeprojekte und Events – Live, Digital und Hybrid (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  9. ^ ""Kap Europa": Kongresszentrum eröffnet früher als geplant". die Welt (in German). 29 August 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  10. ^ Leclerc, Florian (7 April 2022). "Messe Frankfurt: Halle 5 soll 2023 fertig sein". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  11. ^ Andreae, Patricia (7 April 2022). "Messe Frankfurt: Eine neue Halle für 220 Millionen Euro". FAZ.NET (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2022.
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