Exhibition centre floor plan

Koelnmesse GmbH – trade fairs in the heart of Europe

Koelnmesse is the no. 1 trade fair venue for numerous industries and enjoys excellent domestic and international transport connections. It offers the ideal platform for exhibitors and trade professionals from all over the world.

With 284,000m² of hall space and an outdoor area covering 100,000m², the modern and versatile exhibition centre in Cologne is the fifth largest in the world. Over 44,000 exhibitors and 2.5 million visitors attend events organised by Koelnmesse every year. Flagship trade fairs for more than 25 industries take place in Cologne – including Anuga (for the food industry), photokina (photography and imaging) and imm cologne (furnishings).

Koelnmesse is easy to get to no matter how you choose to travel: Messe/Deutz station has connections to regional, national and international rail networks; there are 15,000 parking spaces close to the exhibition halls with a direct link to the European motorway network, and Cologne/Bonn Airport operates services to 120 destinations in Germany and abroad.

Cologne city centre is only a stone's throw from the exhibition grounds. So after the trade fair closes for the day, the visitors from around the world can enjoy all that Cologne has to offer in the way of history, culture and dining out. The top attraction both for German and for international visitors is Cologne Cathedral, which can be reached in only a few minutes from the exhibition centre. Among the sights to offer a complete contrast to the trade fair hustle and bustle are the historical town hall, the Ludwig Museum and the Chocolate Museum. A number of theatres and the Musical Dome provide evening entertainment and there is a wide choice of restaurants.

Key figures at a glance:

  • Number of exhibitors: more than 44,000 from 120 countries (approx. 60 per cent from outside Germany)
  • Number of attendees: more than 2.5 million from 220 countries (approx. 33 per cent from outside Germany)
  • Main sectors: communications, art and fashion; home, garden and leisure; food; furnishings, interior design and textiles; technology and the environment; IT and digital entertainment; health, lifestyle and facilities
  • Number of events: around 80

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