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The history 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.

The History of Koelnmesse

The Koelnmesse in ten decades

The Koelnmesse in ten decades

The Koelnmesse in ten decades
Timeline

Timeline

Timeline

100 years Koelnmesse

We have written a very special history: Since 1924, Koelnmesse has been a vibrant meeting place for innovation, business opportunities and international cooperation. Immerse yourself with us in a century full of encounters, unforgettable events and unique trade fairs.

It all started 100 years ago with a dream from Konrad Adenauer, our founder. He sent Koelnmesse on a historic path that has developed like no other. In our anniversary year, discover the highlights that have made the trade fair a global hotspot. We connect companies, people and nations. Experience 100 years of community and vision. Welcome to a world where innovation meets tradition!