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Cologne Fair

Disputably the most cosmopolitan city in North-West Germany, Cologne has a host of Art Galleries, Concert halls, smart restaurants and vibrant night life. The modern ‘Koln Messe’, rebuilt in 2004, hosts an eclectic mix of fairs covering varied categories, from food to surgical dentistry.

The City originally centred around the enormous Dom (cathedral) at the heart of the restored old-town, the start of the millennium saw Cologne really expanding, taking full advantage of its river front. Here you will find a fantastic mix of old and new, with restaurants bars and entertainment to suit every taste… especially if you have a sweet tooth, which you can indulge at the Lindt chocolate museum.

The majority of mooring positions are found on the ‘City side, close to the main town centre and buzzing riverside, with some moored on the opposite side, adjacent to the Trade Fair halls . With a great local transport system, and the option of U-bahn, S-bahn, taxi, bus, Ferry or on foot, travelling to the Trade Fair or into Town is always simple.



  • IMM (14 – 20 January 2019)
  • ISM (27 – 30 January 2019)
  • IDS (12 - 16 March 2019)
  • Anuga (04 – 09 October 2019)
  • Hardware (01 – 04 March 2020)

Public Transport
All public transport is free with your exhibitor or visitor entry ticket to the Fair. Downloadable maps available at the following link:

There are many car parking areas within the town of Cologne. Further information can be found here:

Cologne’s taxis are light yellow Available 24 hours a day, the price consists of a basic fee of €2 and cost around €1.20 during the day and at night €1.30 per km

Our clients comments

IPS attend Interpack and use Crossgates for the advantages of hotelship accommodation. “A huge “THANK YOU” to you/Crossgates and to the ship staff! Without your never ending support and efforts Interpack 2014 and the small cruise would never have been such a good time for my colleagues from IPS. Our managing director, Mr. Stephan R. Schaerrer, […]... read all reviews

Uponor GmbH have booked with Crossgates since 2005 for the ISH Fair “Uponor have once again seized the opportunity to book hotelship accommodation with Crossgates for our visitors to the 2007 *“ISH” Trade Fair* in Frankfurt/Main. A follow-up staff survey regarding the hotelship service provided positive feedback. The cabin facilities, friendly crew, good connections and easy accessibility […]... read all reviews

G.C.Europe have been booking with Crossgates for the Bi-Annual IDS Fair in Cologne for the past 6 years. “It is a pleasure doing business with Crossgates, the level of customer service provided is both remarkable and appreciated. It has been a wonderful experience and we will continue booking the ships in the future.” Liesbte Brike, G.C. […]... read all reviews

BAKER PERKINS have booked with Crossgates for Interpack 2011, and 2014 amd we have already started working with them to arrange their stay for 2017; “Baker Perkins is a supplier of equipment to the food industry and Interpack in Dusseldorf is the most important single event in our promotional strategy. We like to provide our staff with […]... read all reviews

ZIBRANT a UK based events planning agency, works with the one of the world’s largest print and copy machine manufacturers, orchestrating their presence at the 4 yearly DRUPA Fair in Dusseldorf…. “Zibrant contacted Crossgates Travel to contract 2 hotel-ships during a major digital Print Congress in Dusseldorf in 2012. The event was a great success and […]... read all reviews