TOP 10 of the European’s largest exhibition centers

There are approximately 1 200 exhibition centers worldwide, welcoming every year almost 31 000 trade fairs. Europe has the largest exposure capacity worldwide, with 499 exhibition centers and a 15,7 million sqm. display capacity. Three of the world TOP leading countries in terms of trade shows are in Europe: Germany, Italy and France. Find out the list of the european TOP 10 largest exhibition centers (UFI data 2018).

1. Deutsche Messe (Hanover, Germany): 463 275 sqm

Deutsche Messe welcomes every year 113 trade fairs, around 2 million visitors and 37 000 exhibitors on 3,5 million sqm. of cumulated exhibition area. It is the world’s largest exhibition center with 24 pavilions for an indoor display capacity of 392 453 sqm. and an outdoor display capacity of 58 000 sqm. Deutsche Messe organizes some of the world’s leading trade fairs such as AGRITECHNICA (the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural technology), INTERSCHUTZ (the world’s leading trade show for emergency services, civil protection, safety and security), DOMOTEX (the leading trade fair for floor coverings.), HANNOVER MESSE (the world’s leading trade show for industrial technologies), EuroBLECH (the International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition), LIGNA (the world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools), etc.

Deutsche Messe

2. Messe Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany): 366 637 sqm

The exhibition center of Frankfurt is managed by Messe Frankfurt, which is the biggest trade fair organizer to have its own exhibition center. The park welcomes every year around 150 trade fairs and 270 congresses and conferences. Organized in 11 pavilions, the exhibition center offers a 400 000 sqm. display capacity. It’s the 3rd largest exhibition center worldwide. Among the world’s leading trade fairs organized in Frankfurt, we can mention AMBIENTE (the leading international consumer goods trade fair), ISH (the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings), IMEX (the world’s leading trade fair for events and incentive travel), etc.

Messe Frankfurt

3. Fiera Milano (Milan, Italy): 345 000 sqm

Fiera Milano welcomes every year 120 trade shows, 160 congresses, 4,5 million visitors and 36 000 exhibitors. It is the biggest exhibition center in Italy and the 4th biggest in the world. The park has 20 pavilions offering a 399 000 sqm of display capacity. Among the hundreds of trade shows organized in Fiera Milano, we can mention EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show), MCE – Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (the international trade fair for energy efficiency), HOMI (the trade show for lifestyle), Salone del Mobile (the international trade fair for design and furnitures).

Fiera Milano

4. Koelnmesse (Cologne, Germany): 284 000 sqm

Koelnmesse exhibition centre welcomes every year around 80 events, 2 000 conferences, 3,2 million visitors and 55 000 exhibitors. It is the 3rd largest park in Germany and the 7th worldwide. The exhibition center is organized around 11 pavilions offering an indoor exposure capacity of 284 000 sqm. and an outdoor exposure capacity of 100 000 sqm. The company in charge of the exhibition center management is also organizer of trade fairs all around the world. Koelnmesse main events are ANUGA (the international trade fair for food and drinks), IMM Cologne (the international trade fair for furniture and interior design), INTERMOT (the international trade show for motorcycle), IDS – Internationale Dental-Schau (the world’s leading trade fair for dental industry), etc.


5. Messe Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Germany): 261 817 sqm

In average, Messe Düsseldorf welcomes every year 50 trade fairs, 1,1 million visitors and 27 000 exhibitors. Organized around 18 exhibition halls, the center offers a 262 000 sqm display area. Also trade fair organizer, Messe Düsseldorf owns branches in Moscow, Hong-Kong, New-Delhi, Tokyo. Messe Düsseldorf organizes 22 leading trade fairs. We can mention BOOT Düsseldorf (the leading water sports trade fair and boat show worldwide), EuroShop (the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements), ProWein (the International Trade Fair for Wine and Spirits, Winemaker, Manufacture, Storage), MEDICA (the International trade fair for medical technology), or INTERPACK (the international packaging fair for the sectors food, beverages, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, non food and industry).

6. Paris Nord Villepinte (Paris, France): 246 312 sqm

Organized around 9 exhibition pavilions, Paris Nord Villepinte is managed by VIPARIS. VIPARIS manages all largest exhibiton centers in Paris (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Palais des Congrès, Paris le Bourget, etc.). Paris Nord Villepinte is the largest exhibition center in France and the 9th worldwide. The center welcomes several leading trade fairs every year, such as INTERMAT (the international exhibition for construction and infrastructure), Maison&Objets (the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture), SIAL Paris (the international leading trade fair for the food community), BATIMAT (the international trade fair for the construction sector).

7. Crocus Expo (Moscow, Russia): 226 399 sqm

Crocus Expo is managed by Crocus Group, the Russian leading company in terms of real property management and development. 11th exhibition center worldwide, Crocus Expo is organized around 19 pavilions welcoming every year approximately 350 events and 10 million visitors. You can get the complete schedule Crocus Expo trade fairs and congresses by clicking here.

8. Feria Valencia (Valencia, Spain): 223 090 sqm

Feria Valencia is the largest exhibition center in Spain and the 12th worldwide. In 2018, Feria Valencia welcomed 34 fairs and trade shows, 3 600 exhibitors and around 600 000 visitors coming from all around the world. The exhibition center of Valencia is organized around 19 pavilions, has 48 meeting rooms and 3 auditoriums. Main events are FIMMA (the international materials fair, technology and components for furniture, interior projects contract), CEVISAMA (the international trade fair for ceramic tiles, and bathroom furnishings), EuroBrico (the international trade fair for DIY), and also MADERALIA (the international trade fair for the wood industry).

9. Gran Via (Barcelona, Spain): 203 106 sqm

The exhibition center is managed by Fira Barcelona one of the biggest trade shows organizer in Europe. Gran Via is organized around 8 pavilions characterised by their design, functions, and their eco-responsible commitment (there are 26 000 solar panels on top of each roof). Main events organized in Gran Via are the Mobile World Congress, In-Cosmetic Global (2020 edition), Alimentaria (the international trade show for food industry), IBTM World (the international trade show for the event industry), etc.

10. Paris Expo Portes de Versailles (Paris, France): 202 036 sqm

Paris Expo Portes de Versailles is the 2nd largest exhibition center in France and the 14th worldwide. It is managed by thecompany VIPARIS, and is organized around 7 exhibition pavilions. Every year Paris Expo welcomes 200 events and 7,5 million visitors. Main trade fairs held in Paris Expo are VivaTechnology (the international trade fair for innovative technologies and startups), SIA (the international agriculture fair), Paris International Boat Show, Paris Games Week, Equip’Hotel (the international trade fair for restaurant, hotel and catering equipment), etc.

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