Culturally, Frankfurt is a shining light, second only to the capital Berlin in its profusion and variety of museums, theaters and galleries. Despite the towering cityscape, the city never feels claustrophobic, thanks to the vast and mighty Main, and plentiful green spaces. Night owls are also well indulged, with some of Europe’s coolest underground clubs and hip bars on offer. Famous for its high standard of living and international population, Frankfurt is home to some of Germany’s most interesting dining experiences, from street food to haute cuisine.
Though Frankfurt is home to dozens of magnificent, towering buildings, the Festhalle Frankfurt is arguably the crowning jewel of the city. The building features an awe-inspiring aesthetic with impressive touches, such as a 40-meter-high steel and glass dome with gold leaf detailing. The Festhalle is more than 100 years old, but the gorgeous Neo-Baroque facade received an upgrade during recent renovations, and today it’s known for both its elegant, award-winning architecture and its state-of-the-art media infrastructure. The Festhalle Frankfurt regularly plays host to concerts, sporting events, trade shows and more, making it a well-known destination. From September 15–17, it will be the home of the me Convention.
Frankfurt is a powerhouse of a city, a nucleus of skyscrapers earning it the local nickname “Mainhattan,” after the adjacent Main River. Yet despite its importance as a national (and indeed international) finance hub and economic center, Frankfurt is surprisingly compact, and somehow retains an almost villagey vibe, with a strong community spirit and refreshing multicultural richness. Its status as a European transport hub ensures you’ll have plenty of options to reach the city. Additionally, all me Convention attendees can take advantage of guaranteed group rates at nearby hotels in the city’s vibrant Bahnhofsviertel (Train Station district) and the up-and-coming Ostend (East End district).
Room bookings can only be made when booking a ticket for the me Convention (Verlinkung zur Shopping Cart). For hotel details click the location pins on the map. Information about the booking process can be found here.
You can access the me Convention and the exhibition grounds exclusively via the me gate. This is located near the trade fair tower and the entrance 'Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage.' me Convention participants will not be able to enter the trade fair grounds through any other points of entry.
The most direct route to the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt leads across 'Westkreuz Frankfurt.' From here, follow the signs for 'Stadtmitte' (from Frankfurt, follow the sign 'Messe') to the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage or Europaallee and continue to the Skyline Plaza parking garage that offers parking facilities (no separate parking spaces are available for the me Convention). At the Skyline Plaza (shopping center opposite the main hall), the following parking conditions apply:
Additional parking spaces are available at the trade fair car park “Rebstock.” This is clearly marked and can be easily accessed from the A5 highway (Autobahn A5 direction Frankfurt, Exit 19 Westkreuz, A648 toward Frankfurt Stadtmitte/Messe, follow the signs for Messe/Parkhaus Rebstock, address for navigation system: Messeparkhaus Rebstock). Then take tram no. 17 toward Neu-Isenburg until you reach Festhalle/Messe.General information:
Take subway line U4 toward Bockenheimer Warte or tram lines 16 or 17 toward Ginnheim to station Festhalle/Messe. Please do not take the suburban railway to “Messe”!
Take the train to Frankfurt/Main “Hauptbahnhof” (central station) and continue from there by foot (15 min.), by taxi or see the information on public transport above.
From Frankfurt Airport (FRA) either take a taxi (20 min.) to the trade fair grounds or use public transportation – the S-Bahn (suburban rail) – to “Hauptbahnhof” (central station). From there you can walk (15 min.), take a taxi or use public transportation (see above).
Intercity buses from various providers arrive at the central train station (“Hauptbahnhof”) directly in Frankfurt/Main’s city center. From there, you can quickly access the IAA trade fair grounds (“Messegelände”) by foot (approximately 15 min.), by taxi or using public transportation (see above).
Leave the train station at the exit Nord, from there head straight via Düsseldorfer Straße, Platz der Republik and the Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage to the exhibition grounds. The most important point of orientation is the trade fair tower with its pyramid-shaped tip. You can enter the me Convention via the me gate, which is located on the left after passing the trade fair tower.