90 years of Koelnmesse

Konrad Adenauer had a dream. He wanted to create a global trading center for the regional economy in Cologne. The spring trade fair staged by the city in 1924 was the first step toward realizing this dream. During the past nine decades, thanks to the postwar “economic miracle”, globalization, dedicated employees, and new trade fairs in Cologne and the world’s booming markets, Adenauer’s vision has become a reality.

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1. Decade 1924-1933

1. Decade 1924-1933

The trade fair company and the exhibition grounds were established in the 1920s

1924-1933

2. Decade 1934-1943

1934-1943 (link)

In these years trade fairs were brought in line with National Socialist ideology.

1934-1943

3. Decade 1944-1953

3. Decade 1944-1953

After rapid reconstruction the first post war trade fairs were held as early as 1947.

1944-1953

4. Decade 1954-1963

4. Decade 1954-1963

Koelnmesse is focusing more and more on specialized trade fairs.

1954-1963

5. Decade 1964-1973

5. Decade 1964-1973

Modernization and expansion: continuouses grow in the 60s and 70s.

1964-1973

6. Decade 1974-1983

6. Decade 1974-1983

Koelnmesse is a recognized organzier of trade fairs with global impact.

1974-1983

7. Decade 1984-1993

7. Decade 1984-1993

The congress business becomes increasinggly important.

1984-1993

8. Decade 1994-2003

8. Decade 1994-2003

Globalization of world markets is also affecting the trade fair business.

1994-2003

9. Decade 2004-2013

9. Decade 2004-2013

Now Koelnmesse has the fifth-largest exhibition grounds in the world.

2004-2013