As one of the oldest trade fair cities in the world, Frankfurt offers a large number of internationally significant specialist trade fairs, such as the Book Fair or the Ambiente. On the exhibition grounds of Messe Frankfurt GmbH alone, there are around 51 trade fairs and exhibitions every year. The organisers have 578,000 square metres available, of which 355,678 square meters are in the multifunctional halls and another 96,078 square metres are outdoors.
Frankfurt thus has the third largest exhibition grounds in the world – and these are right in the city centre. Visitors can hardly miss the way, because the Messeturm or exhibition tower stretches 256 metres into the sky. Until 1997, it was the tallest building in Europe.