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Koelnmesse Marks 100 Years With Opening of Confex

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Koelnmesse announced the opening of Confex, a new event center with space for 6,200 guests located at the Cologne Messe/Deutz ICE railway station.

The state-of-the-art venue creates new opportunities for innovative event formats in the region and its location at the railway station provides convenience to attendees coming from around Europe and the world. 

“For 100 years, Koelnmesse has been a center for ideas and innovations from all over the world. Confex will secure this special position for the next generation,” says North Rhine Westphalia minister-president Hendrik Wüst. “It was the wish of the former mayor of Cologne and Koelnmesse founder, Konrad Adenauer, that the trade fair should grow into a place of encounter—a place that contributes to understanding between nations, between Germany and neighboring European countries. That is truly a success.” 

The centerpiece of the Confex building is the Confex Hall, which can be divided into three sections and has space for 4,300 people. There are also two conference levels with 22 rooms that can be used for a wide array of event formats. The surrounding entrances to the Confex Hall are directly joined to the foyer, which leads directly onto the open-air terrace, the Confex Plaza. Confex will already host its first events in summer 2024.

“Completion of the new Confex, a location for trade fairs, congresses and events, creates a facility that provides decisive support to Koelnmesse as it positions its events in the future trade fair world,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH

Image courtesy of: Koelnmesse

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