Frankfurt is the host city of the world’s largest trade fair. Being one of the country’s major financial hubs, Frankfurt Fair is meant to draw awe and inspiration and it does so with trade fairs, book fairs, motor shows, music festivals, and other events. 

Overlooking the River Main, Frankfurt is the largest city of Hesse — a German federal state. The mega metropolis is the home to more than 3 million people. Being a hub for commerce, tourism, and education coupled with a rich history and culture, helps it to embrace people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The diversities and strong financial condition lead to the sprouting of numerous fairs and festivals.Frankfurt Messe

A Brief History of Frankfurt Messe (Frankfurt Trade Fair)

For those who love to party and celebrate, Frankfurt offers year-round fun. But, before nosediving into the details of individual events, let’s take a look at the evolution of fair till to date.

The city has been known for organizing trade fairs for some 800 years dated back to the Middle Ages. The business picked up the pace in the late 19th century with the advent of new industrial technologies. Stemming out of this tradition was the Frankfurt Trade Fair in 1948 — the first step toward the modern era. It shaped today’s Messe Frankfurt that has grown up to be the display center for modern consumer goods.

Messe Frankfurt is the largest trade fair and event organizer in the world. The Group has its own exhibition grounds and operates in more than 30 locations across the globe.

Location and Size

The exhibition grounds cover a vast 400,237 m2 of hall area and 59,506 m2 of free outdoor space at Frankfurt’s financial and business center. 

Designed by famous architects, the grounds reflect Frankfurt’s modern cityscape. These can host all types of events — from international trade fairs to sporting events and concerts. 

The whole area is a mini city within a city. It features more than 90 congress and conference halls. The largest room can accommodate 15,000 people.

Guests don’t have to worry about anything as the service package completes with numerous cafes and food stands, 26 restaurants, 70 bars, over 1,000 WiFi access points, and first-aid stations. 

How to Get There?

Due to its location in the city center, the Frankfurt fair exhibition grounds are at a close distance to all transport points. The grounds are just 2km from the city center, 1km from Frankfurt Main Station, and 15km from Frankfurt Airport. 

From Central Station:

—Lines S3, S4, S5, S6 of the S-Bahn suburban train

—The underground line 4

—Tram lines 16 and 17


—A 10-minute walk along the Düsseldorfer Strasse

From Frankfurt Airport:

—Take a train from the S8 or S9 of the S-Bahn to reach Frankfurt Central Station. Then, choose any of the S3, S4, S5 or S6 line for direct arrival to the grounds of the fair. 

—Rent-a-car or taxi will take 15 minutes.

—Many events arrange for a shuttle bus service.

A Run-Through of Major Frankfurt Fair Events

The aim of the Frankfurt Fair is to bring people together with the aim of promoting successful trade and commerce. Interested in visiting some of them? Check these out:

Ambiente Frankfurt

The fair is the display center for the household products companies from the United States and Europe. Being the meeting place of famous designers and industry experts, it serves as the breeding ground for the latest design trends and special-interest themes. 

Spreading across 11 different halls consisting of 2 to 4 floors, navigating the Ambiente Fair is never easy. But, you can use an app to locate the booths and services. A bus service inside the exhibition grounds connects the halls. The attendees with a badge from the authority can use free subway transportation for coming to the event. 

Frankfurt Book Fair

Being the world’s largest trade fair for books, the Frankfurt Buchmesse is the mecca for worldwide printed and digital content marketplace. The 5-day social and cultural event takes place each year in the mid-October. The first three days are reserved for professional visitors and the public gets the chance to visit over the weekend.

Organized by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, the grand event boasts of hosting more than quarter of a million visitors. In 2017, at least 7,000 from over 100 countries across the globe attended the fair. 

Frankfurt Motor Show

Frankfurt is the proud host of several world’s largest fairs and events. Another name to add to this list is the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung or IAA Frankfurt. The annual event takes place in Frankfurt in odd-numbered years and Hanover in even-numbered years.

The fair started its journey in 1897 by displaying only eight motor cars. It has only grown since that time and turned into a mega event. In 2017, the Frankfurt fair welcomed 994 exhibitors and a whopping number of 800,000 visitors. The motor heads can buckle up as the event is returning to Frankfurt on 12-19 September this year.

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