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Genre congress and trade fair organizer
Founded 1922
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Key people
Gerald Böse,
Chief Executive Officer
Number of employees
around 600, 500 in Cologne and 100 worldwide (2013)
Koelnmesse North Entrance
Koelnmesse North Entrance
map of the Cologne trade fair grounds (marked Messegelände)

Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair or Cologne Exhibition Centre) is the name of the international trade fair and exhibition center located in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With around 75 trade fairs and over 2,000 conferences annually, Koelnmesse is one of the country's largest trade fair organizers[1] and with 284,000 m² exhibition floor area the third largest by area.

The Cologne Trade Fair ground was founded in 1922. Until 2005, the trade fair was based in the historic Rheinhallen, and since then moved into new premises next to them. The old Fair Tower Cologne (Messeturm Köln) is a landmark building from 1928 and features a tower restaurant on the top floor.

Trade fairs[edit]

Among others the following trade fairs are held in Cologne:

  • Anuga, the world's most important food and beverage trade fair
  • Anuga FoodTec, the supplier fair for the food and drink industry
  • Art Cologne
  • Dmexco, the leading international exposition and conference for the digital industry
  • EuVend, the international trade fair for the vending industry
  • Gamescom, most important trade fair for interactive games and entertainment in Europe
  • Imm Cologne, leading trade fair for the furniture sector
  • Intermot, international motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair
  • Internationale Süßwarenmesse (ISM), world's largest confectionery trade fair
  • Photokina, the world's leading fair for photography and imaging


The trade fair grounds lie in Cologne's right-Rhenish district of Deutz, directly adjacent to Köln Messe/Deutz station to the south. Among others, the station has ICE connections by Deutsche Bahn to Köln Hbf and Cologne/Bonn Airport. West of the trade fair grounds lies the Rheinpark, a 40 hectare large park on the River Rhine, and Tanzbrunnen,[2] an open-air theater.

Apart from the Köln Messe/Deutz station to the south, the Cologne trade fair center is also served by the Cologne Stadtbahn station Koelnmesse to the East.

Preceding station   KVB   Following station
toward Thielenbruch
toward Bocklemünd
toward Schlebusch
At Gamescom 2013


KölnKongress GmbH Cologne  Germany
Koelnmesse Ausstellungen GmbH Cologne  Germany
Koelnmesse Pte. Ltd. Singapore  Singapore
Koelnmesse Inc. Chicago  United States
Koelnmesse Co. Ltd. Beijing  People's Republic of China
Koelnmesse Ltd. Hong Kong  Hong Kong
Koelnmesse S.r.l. Milan  Italy
Koelnmesse Co. Ltd. Tokyo  Japan
Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai  India
Koelnmesse Co., Ltd. Bangkok  Thailand


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Coordinates: 50°56′38″N 6°58′28″E / 50.9438°N 6.9745°E / 50.9438; 6.9745