Frankfurt am Main is – when comparing exhibition space – the second largest fair site of the world after Hanover.
Going back to the Middle Ages, Frankfurt am Main has been one of the most important locations for trade fairs in Europe. Thus the Frankfurt Book Fair arose in the year 1458 and justified Frankfurt’s reputation as an exhibition centre. The actual Messe Frankfurt was founded in the year 1907 by the city of Frankfurt after centuries of turbulent ups and downs.
The foundation stone of today’s Messe Frankfurt was laid during the construction of the “Festhalle” (festival hall). It is the historical starting point for the trade fair business of the modern era. Its classical appearance gives a special charm to the modern architectural ensemble of the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt. Further halls and buildings followed in due time.
Internationally well-known architects Helmut Jahn, Oswald M. Ungers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Rainer Hascher and Sebastian Jehle provided the unmistakable face of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds we know today. In the course of time the exhibition grounds have become a “town within a town”. Different architectural directions such as Art Nouveau, Bauhaus and Postmodernism are at work in today’s artistic ensemble.