Frankfurt is a diverse German city offering world-class opera, museums, theatres and a vibrant night life. The gateway to Europe, it is also home to one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and the European Central Bank.

Some of the world’s most important fairs are held at the Messe Frankfurt or Frankfurt Trade Fair. This impressive exhibition centre hosts tradeshows like the Frankfurt Book Fair and International Automobile Exhibition to name but a few.

From music and Christmas to arts and crafts, you name it and Frankfurt most likely hosts a trade fair for it. This blog takes a look at some of the highlights of the Frankfurt fair calendar.

Be inspired at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) is the biggest book fair in the world with a long history dating back over 500 years. A mecca for the publishing industry it attracts visitors from across the globe, keen to release new books, attend workshops and find out the latest market trends. It is also said to be one of the most important venues for making international book deals.

Bookmark the date

Held annually in mid-October at the Messe Frankfurt, the last two days of the Frankfurt Book Fair is open to the public, with exclusive book sales being allowed on the last day. An important event for the world’s book trade and media, the fair has also recently attracted many literary fans who like to liven up the public days by dressing up as their favourite book characters, why not join in the fun at the next fair? A week-end ticket to the fair costs €24 for public visitors.

Getting to Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt has its own train station and is just two stops from the Central Railway Station. An added bonus is that nearly all admission tickets include free travel on the day of the fair on local public transport networks such as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains, trams and buses!

The Frankfurt Motor Show

The International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) or Frankfurt Auto Show is the world’s biggest motor trade show. Held biennially at the Messe Frankfurt it is the star of the fair calendar in Frankfurt, drawing in almost one million visitors and automakers.

Every car enthusiasts dream

The Frankfurt Auto Show always has a different theme and there is an air of secrecy and excitement about what cutting-edge motor technology will be revealed. It’s the place where brands launch new models and showcase out-of-this world concept cars. It is the place to see all the latest and greatest cars first and get a sneaky peak into the future of automobiles.

The IAA is on at the end of September and early October. Tickets go on sale mid-year (the year prior to the event). If you are planning a trip to the IAA, make sure you check opening days as they are different for the press and public.

Visit ISH for the latest in innovative living

ISH is a cutting-edge trade fair covering important global issues such as conserving water and renewable energy. Attended by everyone from architects and designers to retail buyers from around the globe, to see world firsts in building solutions for everything from bathrooms to air-conditioning technology make sure you attend ISH.

For lovers of intelligent design

In addition to fantastic exhibitor stalls, attendees can attend insightful workshops and seminars. Whether you work in the building profession or are an admirer of contemporary design you will be impressed by the inspiring exhibitions showcasing the latest trends in living.

The first four days of ISH are for trade visitors however the public can buy tickets on the last day. Be inspired and don’t miss out on unique products and services at ISH.

Staying in Frankfurt

When planning your trip to a Frankfurt Fair you’ll want to get the most out of your visit to this captivating German city where the historic blends with the new. The Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport has stylish, modern accommodation with fantastic amenities.

Being in the heart of Europe you’ll enjoy ease of access, handy to Frankfurt Airport yet just a 15 minute car journey to the centre of Frankfurt. Why not book ideal hotel accommodation that is convenient and comfortable on your visit to Frankfurt?

We hope you enjoy discovering the trade fairs of Frankfurt.