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innovative, future-oriented & sustainable

Koelnmesse 3.0

Koelnmesse's goal is to create the world's most attractive inner-city trade fair center on a sustainable foundation and, going forward, to continue to provide the right setting for trade fairs, events, and congresses in Cologne. To this end, Koelnmesse plans to invest significantly in the future of the site by 2040. These include modernizations and new buildings. From 2024, for example, Confex will feature a modern 6,200-person event space for new conference and exhibition formats and will close the long-standing gap in the regional congress venue offering.



Exhibition halls

400.000  m²

Indoor and outdoor space

19.500  pax

Conference capacity

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Quality before quantity

Against the backdrop of changing customer requirements, the Koelnmesse 3.0 project's primary focus is not on adding space, but rather on optimizing the existing space, optimizing the flexibility of the trade fair center, and strengthening the link between trade fairs and congresses as a viable business model for the future. In this context, it is important to Koelnmesse that the trade fair center is easily accessible and that low-carbon mobility options are implemented.


Facing the future: digital, mobile, and intelligent

As a trade fair organizer, Koelnmesse is already first and foremost a communications service provider offering a wide range of services. Trade fair venues are becoming event spaces. That is why Koelnmesse is investing in more than just bricks and mortar. Indeed, the digitization of infrastructure and processes is also an important strategic pillar. Major steps have already been taken here and the results demonstrate that it's working!


Leading events at Koelnmesse

With events such as Anuga, ISM, gamescom, imm cologne, DMEXCO and spoga+gafa held at Koelnmesse's Cologne location and numerous events worldwide, Koelnmesse consistently maintains its competitive advantage and continues to rank among the top ten global trade fair organizers. Just a stone's throw from downtown Cologne and immediately connected to the German and international transport network, it attracts guests and visitors from all over the world.

Discover the Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse – a congress and conference venue that leaves nothing to be desired with space for up to 9.600 people as well as the new multitalent by Koelncongress: Confex®!

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