Messe Nurnberg ranks as one of the top exhibition centres in Germany and operates from the very popular Langwasser district in Nuremberg. The exhibition centre first opened in 1974. It has since then seen the addition of a new congress centre in 2005. It underwent a further expansion in 2014, which also fully modernized the complex with the inclusion of Halls 3A and 3C, designed by Zaha Hadid and clear examples of modern, sustainable architecture. The exhibition centre has 16 halls in total that cover a ground of 180,000 m² (~1,937,000 sq. ft.) in size. Exhibitors also benefit from outdoor exhibition space of 50,000 m² (~538,000 sq. ft.). The congress centre, NCC, offers 50 congress halls and rooms that can fit up to 12,800 people at one time.
Messe Nurnberg boasts remarkable numbers on an annual basis, as it serves as host for 120 national and international trade fairs and congresses. This translates to roughly 35,000 exhibitors and up to 1.5 million visitors walking the halls of the exhibition centre and congress building every year. In terms of events, roughly 40 are in-house events or at least co-sponsored. Statistics reveal that the audience remains mostly German, with only 26% of visitors being foreigners. Messe Nurnberg is incredibly flexible and versatile in what it offers event organisers. The events' calendar features some world-leading exhibitions and trade shows such as FachPack, BIOFACH, Interzoo, IWA OutdoorClassicsm Powtech, Nuremberg Toy Fair, PCIM Europe, SPS IPC Drives as well as embedded world exhibition & conference.