Exhibitions and Fairs in Hamburg
With its 1.8 million inhabitants, Hamburg is the most populous non-capital city of Europe. The presence of the port, the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the headquarters of large media groups and Internet companies, make Hamburg a major city in Germany’s economic system. Hamburg Messe, the city’s Trade Fair, welcomes 1.5 million visitors a year.
How to reach Hamburg and Hamburg Messe
The city is served by the Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel airport, just about 10 km away from the centre, reachable with the S-Bahn line S1. Hamburg is the crossroads of major motorways: A1 to Bremen and Dortmund, A24 to Berlin, A7 north to Denmark. The S-Bahn network consists of 6 lines, the U-Bahn of 3. The Port of Hamburg is the third largest seaport, container port and cruise ship terminal in Europe, after Rotterdam and Antwerp. Hamburg Messe, in Messeplatz 1, is reachable via shuttle bus from the airport, and via U-Bhan trains U1 stopping at Stephansplatz, U2 Messehallen, U3 Sternshanze.
Where to stay in Hamburg
The historical centre of Hamburg extends from the south bank of the Alster Lake to the north bank of River Elbe. Staying in a hotel in central Hamburg you will be within easy reach of the shopping streets, many museums and major landmarks, but also less than a kilometer away from Hamburg Messe. Cheap hotels in Hamburg are available in the area of Altona station, west of the historical centre.
Hot spots in Hamburg for the after-show
Hamburg is a very lively city, especially at night. The after-Fair would begin at a cafeteria in Grossneumarkt, to continue with a happy hour in the Neustadt district, the New City. As the name suggests, indeed, this area was rebuilt after WWII bombing and has its heart in Gänsemarkt, which hosts excellent shops, boutiques and night clubs. Don’t miss Altona, the district where young people and locals usually have fun in the evening. The area of Sankt Pauli is the famous red light district of Hamburg, now very fashionable and no longer a slum as in the past. Other upscale areas are: Grosse Freiheit – a street close to the Reeperbahn station, with restaurants and pubs; and the banks of the Elbe, with typical bars frequented by sailors.