Events organized by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH bring together almost 8,000 exhibitors and 770,000 visitors in one of the most lively economic, scientific and research regions. More than 300 trade fairs, congresses and cultural events take place annually in the ultra-modern trade fair and the largest German congress center in the city center.
Location and home of Messe Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe is a young and, above all, dynamic city
Just 300 years old, the fan-shaped city with 310,000 inhabitants has established itself in the region as a cultural, economic and scientific metropolis in recent years. The particularly mild climate – Karlsruhe is the second warmest city in Germany – and its excellent location on the Rhine create additional incentives to pay a visit to the city.
Economy and science in Karlsruhe
Well networked and diversified Out and about around the world, at home in Karlsruhe – this statement applies to several companies such as Daimler AG, Bosch, L’Oreal or the drugstore chain dm, which was founded here. But numerous medium-sized companies have also discovered the advantages of the central location of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion: Karlsruhe is on the international ship and rail route Rotterdam – Genoa. And local public transport, the “Karlsruhe Model”, is seen as an international model.
The car, the bicycle, the periodic table of the elements, the electromagnetic wave, the Braun tube, the chipboard or the mobile web browser: all inventions that come from Karlsruhe. The high density of researchers and the good networking with scientists make Karlsruhe one of the most innovative places in Europe, 40 new patents are registered here every year. Around 8,300 people work at the renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology alone, one of the world’s largest research and teaching institutions.
Media and culture in Karlsruhe
Well traveled and closely connected
The first e-mail was received in Karlsruhe and the “Internet capital of Germany” is still an IT stronghold today. 3,600 IT and technology companies are based here, including well-known brands such as 1 & 1, Web.de, GMX. Five years after the first e-mail, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) was created, a very special cultural institution that today ranks fourth among the world’s most important art museums.
The Badisches Staatstheater attracts young and old culture lovers with its diverse range of opera, ballet, concerts, drama and musicals. And those who prefer to party outside will definitely get their money’s worth at the annual “DAS FEST”. Every year, top-class stars such as Gentleman, The BossHoss and SEEED perform at the largest open-air family festival in southern Germany.
Pleasure region and travel destination Karlsruhe
Highly praised and excellent
The Baden way of life is characterized by hard work, pleasure and warmth. Ten star restaurants in the area provide culinary highlights. In the city, a multitude of restaurants and cafés entice you to linger, and parks and green spaces are directly connected: the city garden at the congress center, the spacious palace park in the city center, the botanical garden next to the Federal Constitutional Court.
There is more green and movement in the region: the Black Forest, Alsace and the Palatinate can be reached in less than half an hour by car.
As the organizer
Events are their passion. Not only because they offer the perfect setting for trade fairs, conventions and cultural events, but also because they contribute their extensive know-how, flexible service and strong personal dedication to every event, whether as its organizer or its host.
Facts und figures:
- Over 300 events (trade fairs, conventions and cultural events) each year with more than 800,000 visitors
- More than 40 trade fairs each year with almost 8,000 exhibitors
- 72,000 square meters of hall space in 9 halls distributed over two locations
- Total sales valued at 38.7 million euros in 2019
- 150 employees
- Over 6,000 reports or mentions in the media
- 1 million visits to the websites, of which almost 250,000 visits were from abroad
- Over 54,000 followers on Facebook
Revenue development: 2009 – 2019
Compared to the economic planning, the achieved sales revenue of € 38.7 million has improved by € 5.2 million and, at € 5.7 million, is clearly above the old record level of 2017 (€ 33 million), which is also the correct year of cyclical scheduling of fairs and other events. This represents an increase of 17.6 % on the revenue of 2018 (€ 32.9 million).
Planning, organizing and carrying out – that is their business as an organizer and they are very familiar with it. With almost 70 years of experience, they are now the number one tour operator in the region. Their trade fairs range from the regional consumer fair to the leading international trade fair. They are giving the trade fair location Karlsruhe a face and bringing exhibitors and visitors to their city and region.
As the organizer, they maintain a large network with numerous companies and institutions in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion. Personal contacts on site and a great deal of competence in the international trade fair business and in event management set them apart.
In the immediate vicinity of France and Switzerland, Karlsruhe is located in the heart of Europe – many roads lead here. Connected to one of the fastest data highways, Karlsruhe is digitally and analogously networked and closely connected to the whole world. Messe Karlsruhe also has an international presence through its foreign representatives. They are part of the trinational metropolitan region of Upper Rhine, which extends from the southern Palatinate over parts of Baden and Alsace to north-west Switzerland. Ideal conditions for Messe Karlsruhe as an international exhibition and congress location .
Over 300 events annually attract up to 800,000 visitors to their two locations in the city center and on the exhibition grounds. They offer the local people and their guests a diverse program – from regional to international, from creative to innovative.
For over ten years IT-TRANS, the international conference and trade fair for IT trends, innovations and intelligent solutions for public transport, has brought guests from more than 60 countries around the world together. In the education sector, the LEARNTEC, international trade fair and congress, is the meeting point every year for professionals from over 15 nations in the field of digital learning. Art KARLSRUHE, the international fair for classic modern and contemporary art, attracts over 50,000 art lovers to the exhibition grounds every year.
Halls & rooms
Two locations, 90,000 square meters of outdoor space and 52,000 square meters of hall space: you can find the perfect venue for every occasion among their various halls and rooms. Their Convention Centre is centrally located in the middle of Karlsruhe and well networked. Their Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre in Rheinstetten is spacious and functional. All their premises are equipped with the latest technologies so they can offer a multitude of possibilities to individually transform the ideas and wishes into successful events.
Convention Centre: in the heart of the city
Four buildings and the outdoor area on Festplatz comprise the Convention Centre and make it versatile, adaptable and unique. The classical architecture of the Konzerthaus lends an impressive character to every event. The remarkably multifunctional Schwarzwaldhalle is frequently used for concerts and comedy performances. The light-flooded Gartenhalle is ideal for exhibitions and offers a special highlight for the guests with its direct access to the Zoological Garden. The Stadthalle is currently being renovated and will offer its own unique variety of rooms in the future, which will make it a first-class conference venue. You will surely find the ideal venue for the event in the centre of Karlsruhe between the Stadtgarten and the pedestrian zone.
At a glance:
- 4 Locations: Gartenhalle, Schwarzwaldhalle, Konzerthaus, Stadthalle
- 34 rooms with a total of 13,000 seats
- 20,000 m2 of exhibition space in halls and foyers
- 10,000 m2 of outdoor area
- 1,000 car parking spaces in the underground car park
A multipurpose hall and a charming cultural monument with excellent acoustics.
A stylish location for exclusive festivities and classic cultural events.
5 halls and 21 conference and seminar rooms, all under one roof. The Stadthalle is currently being modernized.
A light-flooded event location at Karlsruhe Zoo with access to a green outdoor area.
10,000 m2 of open space in the heart of the city.
- 10,000 square metres of outdoor area
- Open-air space for festivals, trade fairs, product shows or TV recordings
- 1,000 parking spaces in the underground car park
- Just a few minutes’ walk from the pedestrian zone
Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre
Four halls, the all-round glassed-in construction of the Events Hall and the greened Atrium offer a bright and friendly atmosphere to showcase products, services or companies. With the Conference Centre on the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, they also offer numerous meeting rooms for conferences, conventions and gatherings of all sorts. The extensive outdoor area can be used as additional exhibition space. Their Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is convincing thanks to its diverse spaces and award-winning architecture.
At a glance:
- 4 halls, each with 12,500 m2 of exhibition space, for 11,200 visitors
- Glassed-in Events Hall with 1,800 m2 of exhibition space
- Greened Atrium, e.g. for company celebrations,
- 90,000 m2 outdoor area
- Conference Centre with conference rooms and meeting halls for up to 2,000 people
- 7,000 parking spaces
- Trade fair restaurant with up to 180 seats, self-service restaurant, 2 bistro stations and a café
The dm-arena at a glance
- 12,500 square metres of hall space
- Up to 11,200 people (unseated)
- Up to 10,000 people (seated)
- Own entrance with foyer and service centre
- Modern TV infrastructure
- Backstage area with performers’ dressing rooms and changing rooms
The Atrium is surrounded by the three exhibition halls, the dm-arena and the large entrance foyer. It forms a central outdoor space which you can use both for relaxing and celebrating. A glazed walkway along the exhibition halls offers a lovely view of the green centre of our Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from all sides. Here you can wind down your congress in the evenings with a lounge atmosphere, invite guests to enjoy open-air receptions or organize company events in combination with the Events Hall.
Trade Fair Conference Centre
The Conference Centre at a glance
- 1 conference room for max. 400 people
- 12 seminar rooms with variable room layout for 20 to 150 people
- Conference Room East with 1,600 square metres of area for max. 800 people
- Modern conference technology
- Catering directly on site
- Additional capacity through halls and open spaces on the exhibition grounds
Open-Air Exhibition Area at a glance
- 62,000 m² of exhibition space,
- partially asphalted
- Pipelines for freshwater supply and
- wastewater removal
- Power supply
- Connections for modern
- communications technology
- Catering possibilities
The Events Hall at a glance
- 1,800 square metres of area, expandable to 4,300 square metres
- Max. capacity: 1,600 persons without seats
- Max. capacity: 1,200 persons seated
- Glazed all around
- 7 x 4 meter high, video-capable LED wall
- 16 metres of usable height
- View of the landscaped atrium
The history of Messe Karlsruhe
Their development from 1950 to today
Founding and early years
The foundation stone for Karlsruhe as a venue for trade fairs was the “First German Therapy Week”, which took place in 1949. The Ausstellungs- und Kongress-GmbH (AuK), as the company Messe Karlsruhe was originally known, was officially founded in 1950.
Schwarzwaldhalle 1960 (Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe 8/PBS oXIIIa 91)
The Schwarzwaldhalle , which is now protected as an architectural monument, was inaugurated followed by the Gartenhalle three years later in 1957.
Prominent guests in the early years included, among others, Konrad Adenauer, Romy Schneider, Sophia Loren and Rock Hudson.
Development in 1960s & ’70s
To coincide with the Federal Horticultural Show in 1967, the available space was enlarged to include the Nancyhalle.
Nancyhalle 1966 (Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe 8/BA Schlesiger A13/51/4/11)
AuK took over the management of the municipal halls for all event formats in the early 1970s. The new construction of the Badisches Staatstheater expanded the selection of halls to include the Konzerthaus and the entire Stadthalle . AuK became Karlsruher Kongress- und Ausstellungs-GmbH (KKA) in 1977.
Future-oriented expansions in the 1980s & ’90s
In 1985, 50,000 Karlsruhe residents celebrated the inauguration of the new Convention Centre with the converted Stadthalle. The KKA set up Germany’s first video conference studio and hosted Helmut Kohl and Jacques Chirac at the 1987 Franco-German Summit.
Stadthalle 1992 (Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe 8/Bildstelle I 6277/8)
Karlsruhe has repeatedly hosted national and international political events. The new Gartenhalle was built in 1990. By the time the World Congress of Chemical Engineers took place in 1991, Karlsruhe had long been renowned for its technical and scientific meetings.
With growth into the new millennium
To remain competitive as a large event location, Karlsruhe decided to build a new trade fair centre as a second venue outside the city centre and a convention hotel on the Festplatz. The KKA became Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK). The “New Messe Karlsruhe” opened in 2003. The first major events included the European Volleyball Championship and the “Wetten, dass” television show in the dm-arena . The international indoor athletics meeting organized by the KMK was named the world’s best indoor meeting in 2004 and 2005. The KMK expanded its business with its own events in the following years.
The past few years until today
The KMK celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. The KMK company was restructured in 2014: with Karlsruher Event GmbH and Karlsruher Tourismus GmbH, these divisions were spun off and Britta Wirtz became the sole managing director of the KMK.
Comprehensive renovations began at the Stadthalle in 2017. A new ground surface at the Festplatz and its own underground railway station will augment the future appearance.
Another groundbreaking decision was taken in the spring of 2019: Karlsruhe’s Europahalle will be renovated for 30 million euros and is expected to again be ready for international top-class sporting events beginning in 2024.