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What Frankfurt has to offer

Culturally diverse, elegant, sporty and green – these are just some of the different elements that make Frankfurt a cosmopolitan host city for many events.

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Advantages at a glance

  • Passengers from 262 destinations in 100 countries around the world land in Frankfurt Airport
  • Everything within easy reach, perfectly developed infrastructure with 250 hotels
  • Thriving business centre with over 5 million people in its catchment area
  • Historical coronation city for the German Kaisers with vast potential for a stimulating supporting programme
  • Attractive surrounding area: Rheingau wine region with UNESCO World Heritage landscape

What our customers say

As one of the most important financial centres in the world, Frankfurt - together with the excellent facilities and services offered by Messe Frankfurt - provided an ideal host for our Innovate4Climate conference, which aims to support innovation around climate action.

As an international hub for decision-makers from the financial industry, business and politics, Frankfurt offers top congress and conference management the ideal basis and most surely sets the standard internationally.

[...] the proximity of the airport, the city centre location, the hotels within walking distance and the spirit of partnership that informs our collaboration all speak eloquently in its favour.

[...] Thanks to the support of Messe Frankfurt and the city of Frankfurt we have experienced a flawless meeting. Our hosts have given us an excellent taste of the hospitality of the city and the professionalism of the congress venues.

Frankfurt – the international transportation hub

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Frankfurt is situated at the centre of Europe, right in the heart of Germany, meaning that it is very easy to reach.

  • Frankfurt Airport is Germany’s largest commercial airport and an international air hub.
  • With some 470,000 passengers and over 1,700 trains every day, Frankfurt Central Station is Germany’s busiest train station, with connections to Paris, Vienna, Milan, Zurich, Brussels, London and many other major cities. 
  • The “Westkreuz Frankfurt” interchange links the A3 and A5 motorways and is directly connected to the most important North-South artery in the German motorway network.

Frankfurt – traditional business centre

First mentioned in writing back in the year 794, “Franconofurt” evolved into a central trade centre and exhibition venue with a flourishing stock exchange. Today, Frankfurt is one of Europe’s leading business centres – not only for trading, but also for research, production and rating companies.

When trade routes come together, they create a place that is home to many sectors and that offers events extensive expertise, visitor potential and infrastructure:

Frankfurt City
  • With the European Central Bank, the German Bundesbank and some 200 banks and 8,400 financial service providers in the region, Frankfurt is Europe’s financial centre. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the largest trading platforms in the world.
  • TechQuartier, a new fintech hub set up on the initiative of the City of Frankfurt and Goethe University, encourages financial technology start-ups to settle in Frankfurt with a view to networking and developing together.
  • The insurance sector is well represented with the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and 160 insurance companies.

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Chemie - Pharma
  • The entire chemical and pharmaceutical value chain is covered in the Rhine-Main region, including all service and infrastructure providers.
  • It is here that key global players from the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors are based. Industriepark Höchst is home to more than 90 companies with 22,000 employees.
  • ACHEMA, the international flagship event for the chemical engineering and process industries, is held on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.

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Logistics
  • International air, road and rail transport and inland water transport are connected through state-of-the-art interfaces in the Rhine-Main region.
  • Frankfurt Airport is one of the top ten international freight airports. For example, 24,000 tons of fresh fish are handled here every year – more than in the port of Hamburg.
  • The logistics and transport services sector is responsible for most jobs in the region.
  • Companies and research centres like the House of Logistics & Mobility show the way forward.

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Informationstechnik
  • Over 40 percent of sales revenue attributable to the 100 highest-grossing software companies in Europe is generated in or around Frankfurt.
  • All leading telephone companies, dynamic start-ups and renowned institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology are based in the Rhine-Main region.
  • Around 85 percent of German and 35 percent of European internet traffic runs via Frankfurt with its DE-CIX internet exchange, the world’s largest in terms of data throughput.

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Frankfurt – everything within easy reach

U-Bahn
  • It is only a 15-minute drive from Frankfurt International Airport to the city centre and the exhibition grounds.
  • Messe Frankfurt is very clearly signposted in and around Frankfurt. An integrated traffic management system is in place to guide traffic on many access roads to Messe Frankfurt locations.
  • The city’s enviable suburban rail and underground network and its buses and trams provide ideal transport connections within the city.

Traditional or new? Discover Frankfurt

Staedelmuseum

Art and culture

In Frankfurt, art and culture aficionados are spoilt for choice with some 60 museums and numerous galleries and theatres in the heart of the city and on the banks of the Main. Here, organisers have a whole host of options for incentives and events.

Frankfurt Roemer

New old town and trendy districts

An exciting mixture of reconstructions and new buildings has breathed new life into Frankfurt’s old town, conveying its vibrant history in a unique way. Tradition and future blend together in the pulsing heart of the city. Whether by ship on the Main, by tram on the Ebbelwei-Express or simply on foot, there is plenty to discover in Frankfurt.

Learning

Education at its finest

High-profile educational institutions like Goethe University or the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, medical and scientific institutes and other places of learning not only attract students to Frankfurt but also well-networked lecturers and teachers. Messe Frankfurt has close ties with professors in Frankfurt and its surrounding region as part of a scientific and academic network.

Zeil Frankfurt

Shopping

Right next to the exhibition grounds (East Gate) and the Kap Europa congress centre, you can find the Skyline Plaza shopping centre, which houses around 130 shops. But the city centre has plenty to offer as well, such as the Zeil, one of the highest grossing shopping miles in Germany, or the small designer stores dotted around the old town.

River banks

Green and sporty Frankfurt

With its riverside promenade, its botanical garden (Palmengarten) and ring of parkland around the entire city centre, Frankfurt is ideal for relaxing or enjoying sports and leisure activities. Many sports clubs are based in Frankfurt and sporting events like Ironman and the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon attract many fans to the city.

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