An ideal connection

In Germany's second largest city, Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) organises, serves and enables a wide range of major national and international events year after year: Renowned industry fairs, world-leading congresses, political party conferences, annual general meetings, cultural and sports events all find the right conditions at this venue.

Situated between the University and the famous Reeperbahn district, in the midst of a vibrant inner-city with generously spaced parks, the eleven halls of the Hamburg trade fair site offer more than 87,000 square metres of exhibition space. Just a few metres away, the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg provides up to 50 halls and rooms.

Broad variety of events

The varied portfolio of exhibitions held on the Hamburg Messe und Congress campus primarily focuses on industries clustered in the metropolis on the Elbe river: Top trade events that bring together key industrial decision-makers from around the world include SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair; WindEnergy Hamburg; or INTERNORGA, Europe’s leading trade show for foodservice, hospitality, communal catering, bakeries and confectioners; and WindEnergy Hamburg, the world's leading expo for wind energy.

The Hamburg Messe und Congress exhibition complex not only offers ideal conditions for prominent guest events, including key exhibitions for industries such as aerospace, or major buyers' fairs for retailers, but also for attention-grabbing public trade fairs, international marketing events, TV galas, award ceremonies or political summits.

Hamburg Messe und Congress is well respected internationally for its expertise and dependability in organising and supporting successful trade fair appearances of German companies on all continents. Numerous award-winning German trade fair presentations at world expos have earned HMC an excellent reputation as a general contractor.

The new CCH – highly flexible and multifunctional

Just a few minutes’ walk from the Hamburg Messe fair site is the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, one of Europe’s biggest congress centres. After undergoing comprehensive renovation and modernisation for the past four years, the complex now provides 12,000 square metres of exhibition space, 12,000 square metres of foyer space, 12,000 seats in total, and all the technology and flexibility today’s congresses and events require.

In the heart of the city

The Hamburg Messe und Congress campus is situated in a privileged location in the Hamburg downtown area. The ‘Planten un Blomen’ park, the iconic Elbphilharmonie building, the new HafenCity district, the Speicherstadt UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a colourful mix of fascinating neighbourhoods are all located in the immediate vicinity of the exhibition complex and the CCH.

Easy to reach

With two train stations, the airport, three rapid-transit and underground stations, several bus lines as well as highway ramps nearby, the complex is well-connected.

An ideal connection

“We create connections. New ones, different ones, again and again. The ‘ideal connection’ motto describes our mission,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Annual Report 2021

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HMC facts and figures in brief

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

  • Foundation: 1972
  • Employees: Over 300

Hamburg Messe

  • More than 40 trade fairs and exhibitions / year
  • Up to 15,000 exhibitors / year
  • About 700,000 visitors / year
  • 87,000 sq.m exhibition area
  • 11 exhibition halls
  • 10.000 m² open air grounds
  • 37 conference rooms

CCH – Congress Center Hamburg

  • 50 halls
  • 36,000 sq.m total area
  • 12,000 seats
  • 12,000 sq.m foyer area
  • 12,000 sq.m exhibition space


Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA)
Littenstraße 9
D-10179 Berlin

Society of Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics
Littenstraße 9
D-10179 Berlin


IDFA - Interessengemeinschaft Deutscher Fachmessen und Ausstellungsstädte
Postfach 10 32 52
70028 Stuttgart

UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
35 bis, rue Jouffroy d'Abbans 
F-75017 Paris

Society of Independent Show Organizers 
3350 Riverwood Parkway 
Suite 1900 (#64) 
Atlanta, GA  30339

Association of Event Venues
119 High Street
Hertfordshire, HP4 2DJ