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The story of Berlin as a trade fair venue

Come with us on a journey through time

The first industrial exhibition takes place. An era of organised exhibitions with Berlin as their venue begins.

The first "Große Deutsche Funkausstellung", nowadays known as the IFA, takes place. Construction begins of the Radio Tower and of the exhibition hall called Haus der Funkindustrie.

The first Green Week takes place. Opening of the Berlin Radio Tower.

The International Materials Exhibition is the largest fair in Berlin, attracting 250,000 visitors and hosting the largest conference on this subject at the Technische Hochschule.

The ILA, the "International Aviation Exhibition", takes place at the Berlin Exhibitions Grounds for the first time

Construction begins of the Deutschlandhalle.

During the war the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and Deutschlandhalle are almost completely destroyed, and the Radio Tower suffers extensive damage.

Reconstruction of the exhibition grounds begins.

"Werte unter Trümmern", the first exhibition after the war, takes place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Construction begins of the Palais am Funkturm, and the Deutschlandhalle is rebuilt.


The first ITB International Tourism Exchange takes place. Today this trade fair attracts more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries and territories, and is the world's most international trade fair.

1970 to 1979
Six new exhibition halls are built.

Several companies merge to form AMK Berlin - Ausstellungs-, Messe-, Kongress-GmbH.

The International Congress Center ICC Berlin, Europe's largest and most modern conference venue, opens on 2 April.

AMK Berlin is renamed as Messe Berlin GmbH.

The first FRUIT LOGISTICA takes place.

The first InnoTrans, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, takes place.

Completion of the Main South Entrance.

The first Berlin Popkomm takes place.

AQUA UKRAINE and Water Sofia take place.

Messe Berlin achieves positive overall results and its highest turnover to date, a figure of 168 million euros.

Debut of the ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Bangkok, with the Asiafruit Congress, Asia's leading specialist conference, in support.

Four new trade fairs open in Berlin, and one in Singapore, with the ITB Asia making the expertise gained by the world's leading tourism trade show, the ITB, available to exhibitors and trade visitors.

Construction of the "Berlin ExpoCenter Airport" begins.

Opening "Berlin ExpoCenter Airport" and Foundation stone ceremony of "CityCube Berlin"

Opening "CityCube Berlin"

The first Stage|Set|Scenery, international trade fair and conference for theatre, film and entertainment technology, takes place.

The first CE China, international brand show for Consumer Electronics, takes place in Shenzhen.

The first BUS2BUS, trade show and congress, takes place. BUS2BUS is inspiring the industry with new ideas and solutions.

Debut of the ITB China in Shanghai.

Beginning construction work of the multi-purpose building hub27.

For its 25th annual reappearance, the WEINmesse Berlin was first organized by the Messe Berlin GmbH and took place on the grounds of the Messe Berlin.

The first China FRUIT LOGISTICA takes place in Shanghai.

Eleven years after its initial launch Europe’s largest event in the Health-IT-branch, was renamed: DMEA (Digital Medical Expertise & Applications).

The smart Country Convention takes place. The convention focuses on digital solutions for administrations and public services in municipalities, regions and national governments.

The Sars-Cov-2 virus is keeping the whole world on suspense.

For the first time, trade fairs are completely cancelled due to a pandemic. Messe Berlin reacts immediately and for the first time trade fairs and congresses are hosted in completely digital form.

Additional information on the history of Messe Berlin and its developments can be found at Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung.

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