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January 15, 2014

Opening Report - Larger, with greater regional and international emphasis: Green Week achieves all-time high

Largest number of countries participating in its history: 1,650 exhibitors from 70 countries and every continent – display by partner country Estonia shows why it is “Wonderfully different” – largest-ever range of regional specialities from Germany – Messe Berlin expects attendance in excess of 400,000 –

Some 70 ministers of agriculture from all over the world and leading representatives of agriculture and the food industry are coming to Berlin

Berlin, 15 January 2014 – Larger, with a greater regional and international emphasis: now taking place for the 79th time, the International Green Week Berlin (IGW) reinforces its standing as the world’s largest exhibition for agriculture, the food industry and horticulture. With a total of 1,650 exhibitors from 70 countries (2013: 1,630 / 66) the IGW 2014 is attracting the largest number of participating countries since it was first held in 1926, as well as the most exhibitors for 15 years. From 17 to 26 January this unique display of the capabilities and achievements of agriculture and the food industry is taking place on a hall area of 124,000 square metres (2013: 115,000 m²). This too is a new record in the 88-year history of the IGW. The partner country is Estonia, with its largest ever presentation at the Green Week, featuring special themed days and a major export promotion campaign. In addition some 500 German exhibitors are presenting the largest range of regional specialities, food and luxury foods and beverages to be seen at any trade show, with the emphasis on authenticity and local products from the various federal states. The focal point of the conference programme is the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 (GFFA), taking place from 16 to 18 January. Some 70 ministers of agriculture and deputy ministers are expected to attend, along with leading representatives of agriculture and the food industry. The Green Week 2014 will be officially opened by Germany’s new minister of agriculture Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich (16 Jan., 6 p.m., ICC Berlin).

Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH: “The Green Week is at an all-time high. It has one of the longest traditions of any trade fair in Germany and, in its 88th year, its appeal remains undiminished. More than any other exhibition devoted to agriculture, the food industry and horticulture, it combines displays for the experts and for the public. At the same time, as well as being a global display of the achievements and capabilities of agriculture and the food industry and a unique experience for the general public, its importance for agricultural policymaking is unrivalled. Foodstuffs as well as luxury foods and beverages from every continent feature strongly here as does the wide range of regional specialities from Germany, which is again of vital interest to consumers in 2014.“

Some highly impressive figures can be quoted to give an indication of the scope and reach of this major event, the “Green Week“: the Green Week 2014 occupies 26 hall complexes at Berlin ExpoCenter City, located around the city’s radio tower, the Funkturm. Messe Berlin is expecting attendance to exceed 400,000, including 100,000 trade visitors. Professionals attending the fair will be able to choose from some 300 conferences, meetings and seminars. Approximately 150 leading politicians from Germany and from around the world have announced that they will be attending with their delegations. Over 5,000 journalists from 70 will be reporting on events in Berlin for the print, visual and sound media. There will be more than 20 stages and cookery studios in the halls, providing entertainment as well as information. An estimated 100,000 specialities from all over the world will be on offer at the fair. The venue will also be populated by more than 10,000 pets and small animals, while in the International Floral Hall there will be 30,000 blossoms and spring-flowering plants to delight all gardening enthusiasts at the darkest time of the year. Each day an average of 10,000 people (staff on the stands, service personnel, media representatives) will be working at the fair.

The Green Week, now taking place for the 79th time, can look back on a tradition going back more than 88 years. From its origins as a basic, local market place in its founding year, 1926, it has evolved into the world’s largest show for agriculture, food and horticulture. Since then a total of more than 81,000 exhibitors from 128 countries have presented a comprehensive range of products from every continent to the more than 31 million members of the public and trade visitors who have attended this event. The International Green Week Berlin 2014 is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH. Its non-commercial sponsors are the German Farmers’ Union (DBV) and the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE).

The sponsoring organisations stated their views on the current situation in the industry at today’s opening press conference as follows:

Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers’ Union (DBV): “The United Nations has declared 2014 to be the Year of Family Farming. Family farming represents sustainable manage-ment of the land, businesses that are run in a responsible and en-trepreneurially successful way, strong roots in the local region and an open and transparent dialogue with consumers. Farming families are the guarantors and the custodians of an intact environment, safe food and a responsible attitude to farm animals. Agriculture and the food industry lend stability to the economy in Germany. Including upstream and downstream sectors, some 4.6 million people are employed either directly or indirectly in supplying consumers with foodstuffs, renewable raw materials and energy from agricultural and forestry products. In 2012 overall production by the agricultural and food sectors was valued at 412 billion euros, which is 8 per cent of total economic output. This reveals that farming farms make a significant contribution to the success not only of society but of the economy too.“

Christoph Minhoff, Chairman of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE): “With a turnover of some 175 billion euros and over half a million employees the food industry is the fourth largest business sector in Germany. The range of foods on offer has never been of such high a quality, so safe and so diverse as it is today, and industrial food production meets the high demands imposed on it by consumers. It is high time that these achievements were recognized. In 2013 the food industry continued its steady course. Quality and innovation help to guarantee the international competitiveness of food from Germany, but this success is threatened by increasing costs and more regulation.“

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 (GFFA)

Coinciding with the start of the Green Week, the 6th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) will be taking place from 16 to 18 January under the slogan “Strengthening agriculture – overcoming crises – safeguarding food supplies“. Taking into account the prevailing conditions in different regions it is vital to develop production methods and structures that are economically efficient, socially just and ecologically sustainable, in order to create the right conditions for safeguarding food supplies around the world. The purpose of the GFFA is to identify measures and approaches aimed at strengthening agriculture, the food industry and rural areas too. These are, after all, the key factors in coping more effectively with a multitude of challenges and for dealing with economic, ecological and social crises, as well as making an active contribution to overcoming inadequate or incorrect nutrition around the world.

The GFFA will consist of a number of modules featuring discussions about these issues, which are of growing importance for the future. The main emphasis is on the International GFFA Panel at the ICC Berlin on 18 January and what has now become the world’s largest conference of ministers of agriculture, the 6th Berlin Agricultural Ministers’ Summit, to be held in the World Hall of the German Foreign Office. This is where high-ranking representatives from all over the world will be discussing solutions for a common approach to safeguarding world food supplies. Coinciding with the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit, on 18 January GFFA Berlin e.V. is organising its International Business Panel with some prominent participants. The venue for this event will be the Deutsche Telekom offices in the German capital. It has been set up by the agricultural sector and the food industry in Germany to assist in developing sustainable strategies for safeguarding the world’s food supplies and for the effective use of natural resources.

Global food industry market

The Green Week reflects the global food industry market and its involvement with the consumer unlike any other trade fair. This year, a total of 70 countries from all over the world, including Germany, are presenting their specialities at this event. Highlights include the anniversary appearances of Belarus and Bulgaria (20 and 25 years respectively). Countries returning after a prolonged absence include the Philippines (away for ten years), Portugal (12 years) and Saudi Arabia (21 years).

The following 35 countries will be represented officially with com-bined national displays: Austria (15.1), Azerbaijan (Hall 7.2c), Belarus (1.2a) Bulgaria (1.2a), China (6.2), Croatia (18), Czech Republic (18), Estonia (8.2), Finland (8.2), France (11.2), Georgia (7.2c), Greece (1.2a), Guinea (7.2a), Hungary (10.2), Iran (18), Italy (17), Japan (6.2a), Kyrgyzstan (7.2c), Latvia (8.2), Liechtenstein (17), Lithuania (8.2), Morocco (7.2b), Netherlands (18), Norway (8.2), Philippines (6.2a), Poland (11.2), Portugal (8.2), Romania (10.2), Russia (2.2), Saudi Arabia (6.2a), Slovenia (18), Switzerland (17), Thailand (6.2a), Ukraine (16) and Uzbekistan (10.2).

In addition, importers and/or exporters will be representing the following 34 countries: Afghanistan (Hall 7.2b), Argentina (18), Armenia (7.2c), Australia (18), Belgium (1.2a), Brazil (10.2), Cameroon (7.2b), Canada (7.2c), Colombia (1.2a), Denmark (1.2a), Ghana (7.2b), Iceland (8.2), India (6.2a), Ireland (8.2), Israel (8.2), Ivory Coast (7.2b), Kazakhstan (7.2c), Kenya (7.2a), Lebanon (6.2a), Luxembourg (7.2a), Madagascar (6.2b), Mongolia (10.2), Nepal (7.2b), New Zealand (18), Peru (1.2a), Rwanda (7.2a), Sweden (8.2), Spain (18), Republic of South Africa (18), Tunisia (7.2c), Turkey (18), UK (8.2), USA (7.2c) and Vietnam (6.2a).

Partner country Estonia: agriculture, tourism and the IT industry

This year’s partner country, Estonia, is inviting all visitors to some highly interesting themed days, which will deal with a different topic each day. Specialities will be presented daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., starting on 19 January, at the Estonian Café in Hall 8.2. These entertaining and informative shows will deal not only with food and beverages, which can be sampled here, but also with tourism destinations and with one of Estonia’s outstanding features: information technology. There are few countries in Europe where electronic communication is as advanced as it is in Estonia, one example of this being Skype, which was developed there. Among the special attractions for gourmets are bear and elk meat, vairone, river lamprey and sprats. There are also some high quality dairy products such as confectionery bars made with fromage frais and a type of cheese that can be used to influence blood pressure. Exhibitors are also presenting organic vodka, Vana Tallinn liqueur and Kristall caraway liqueur, dried snacks made from forest fruits, honey and other organic products. The Estonians are also serving beer, brewed in accordance with the German purity laws. Ice cream is also being served, along with marzipan, of course, although opinions are still divided as to whether this was first made in Tallinn or in Lübeck. Products made from rye are the main item though, from Kama flour to bread and even beverages, which helps to explain why the rye flower is Estonia’s national flower and rye bread is regarded as a “peace food” that helps to join nations together”.

The German food industry and the Product Markets

When shopping for food and beverages, 92 per cent of consumers in Germany state that they prefer regional products. This was the remarkable finding of a representative study, the “Eco-barometer“ (August 2013), which was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. It revealed that the regional nature of products represents an increasingly important criterion when food and beverages are being purchased. To an ever-increasing extent consumers are choosing seasonal fruit and vegetables grown by local producers. The combination of foods from their local region and that are also organically grown is preferred by 77 per cent of those questioned.

The 13 federal States represented at the Green Week will also be making the most of this consumer trend. Over a period of ten days visitors can sample and purchase products from a wide range of regional specialities, which come from around Germany and are being presented in seven hall complexes. Typical local specialities and popular and unusual dishes reflecting the diversity of Germany's regions from the coast to the Alps will be on display at the International Green Week 2014: Baden-Württemberg (Hall 22a), Bavaria (22b), Berlin (21b), Brandenburg (21a), Bremen (20), Hesse (20), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (5.2b), Lower Saxony (20), North Rhine-Westphalia (22a), Saxony (21b), Saxony-Anhalt (23b), Schleswig-Holstein (22a) and Thuringia (Hall 20).

Featuring entertainment, information, discussions and interaction, the “Food Dialogue“ will again be taking place in 2014 on the stand shared jointly by the two leading associations of the German food industry in Hall 4.2a. This year the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) and the Federation for Food Law and Food Science (BLL) will be focusing on the subject of ”industrial production“. The topics, “Safety“, “Monitoring“ and “Hygiene“, will be explained using various food production processes. Encompassing the entire process from the harvesting of raw materials to the packaging of the end products, the aim is to show the importance of industrial production as realistically and clearly as possible. The BLL and BVE are contributing in their own way to educating the public about modern, safe food production, and emphasising the importance of the food sector for consumers and industry alike.

There is plenty on offer at the various Product Markets to appeal to lovers of good cuisine and gourmets in search of new taste experiences. Gourmets and epicures can sample from a remarkably wide range of delicacies at these “speciality departments”. The Bio Hall has a new location this year, in Hall 1.2, where it is featuring its achievements and its products under the slogan “More room for life“ with the growers’ associations Bioland, Biokreis, Demeter, Naturland and a number of others.

People of all ages can experience for themselves, by touch sight and hearing, what the term “organic“ actually means: advanced agriculture and careful cultivation, a wide and varied assortment of different plants and breeds of livestock, and processing that retains all the beneficial qualities of foodstuffs.

The Hamburg-based Fish Information Centre (FIZ) is presenting the “World of Fish” in Hall 14.1. On a bed of ice measuring ten square metres the display of more than 80 different types of fish, crustaceans and molluscs from all over the world has been designed to encourage visitors to discover more about the tasty and nutritional food provided by rivers, lakes and the oceans. There will be fish from faraway places, with brilliant colours and exotic names, such as the cobia, mahi mahi and strawberry grouper. In Hall 6.2b visitors will find the wide world of aromas, spices and essences. The Product Market for Herbs, Spices and Tea appeals to all the senses with Iranian saffron, one of the world’s most expensive spices, palm candy and argan oil, salt produced by hand and some of the hottest varieties of chilli to be found anywhere. Fine wines can be found at the Gallery of German Wines and Sparkling Wines in Hall 6.2b and at the Wine Culinarium in Hall 13, which features some of the top international labels, mainly from the southern hemisphere.

The 1,339 featured breweries from all over Germany include the privately owned Ernst Barre brewery in Lübbecke in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Distelhäuser Brauerei Ernst Bauer in Tauberbischofsheim-Distelhausen, Baden-Württemberg, the Max Leibinger brewery in Ravensburg and Bergquell Brauerei Löbau in the Saxonian town of the same name. Along with many other breweries they are serving a selection of their specialist beers at the proBier Market in Hall 12. Visitors will also be able to sample tasty sausages and meat specialities as the perfect accompaniment to a good beer.

Modern and sustainable agriculture

Every day safe foodstuffs, energy and raw materials of the highest quality are being produced in Germany. The Farm Experience enables visitors to see how this functions and the value added chains that make it all possible. The more than 70 partners exhibiting in Hall 3.2 provide insights into the world of agriculture and associated sectors. This presentation is taking place under the slogan “Innovation and tradition – agriculture provides the link“. The display is in six sections, “Science & Research“, “Plant Production“, ”Using Nature – Protecting Nature”, ”Livestock Production”, ”Agriculture & Society“ and ”Meeting Point“ and has been designed to inform visitors to the trade fair about the many and varied achievements of agriculture and the food industry. Fascinating, informative and surprising, it will appeal to young and old alike. It also offers opportunities for a dialogue with the people responsible for agricultural produce and foodstuffs. The Farm Experience is a joint initiative by the German Farmers’ Union, the association information.medien.agrar and the Sustainable Agriculture Organization (FNL), which is in charge of coordinating this section of the trade fair.

The Livestock Hall, 25, is the shop window for Germany’s animal breeders and provides a stadium-like stage for agricultural displays. Each day experts and the general public can enjoy the horses and pedigree animals on show there, featuring the most outstanding examples of all farm livestock, in the main show ring. Making their first appearance in Hall 25 are representatives of the Pustertaler Schecken breed of cattle. “Black Red Gold robust”, the 3rd National Show for Extensively Farmed Beef Cattle Breeds in Germany, can be experienced here from 17 to 19 January. The breeders’ competition in Hall 25 features 340 animals from all over Germany, consisting of Galloways, Highland Cattle, Herefords, Salers, Welsh Blacks, Dwarf Zebus and Dexters. On 24 and 25 January the 5th National Native Sheep Show brings some 90 breeders from all over Germany to the Green Week, with 420 animals representing 30 native breeds. The main focus is on those breeds that originally, and still today are primarily found in the coastal regions, such as the coarse-wool Pomeranian, the Bentheimer and the grey-horned Heidschnucke. The Society for the Preservation of Old and Endangered Breeds of Livestock (GEH) is presenting the Dülmener Horse as the “Endangered Breed of the Year for 2014”. There are now only around 400 Dülmeners in existence, which is why they have been included on the “Red List of Domesticated Animals at Risk of Extinction“ in Europe.

The show by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is among the most informative and instructive displays at the fair. Responsibility towards people, animals and the environment – in 2014 this is the basic premise of this section of the exhibition in Hall 23a. This show features all those contributing to the various stages of the valued added chain, from the field to the table, from the production of agricultural raw materials to their processing, as well as aspects of an environmentally aware and health-conscious diet. Among the attractions for consumers are a range of fascinating details about smart shopping, food labelling and the right way to store and prepare food.

At nature.tec in Hall 5.2a a number of ministries, institutions, associations and companies are presenting the entire range of uses of agricultural and forestry materials for energy production and other useful purposes. The aim of the show, which takes as its slogan “New energy is our field", is to provide a comprehensive display dealing with the sustainable production and use of renewable raw materials and the importance of bio energy in meeting energy supply and mobility requirements of the future. There are six main sections making up “nature.tec 2014”. As well as the subject of energy, in the form or biogas, biofuels and energy from wood, the sections devoted to biomaterials, building with renewable raw materials and the woods and forests section focus on the other uses. This show is supported by Germany’s National Bio Energy Federation (BBE), the Agency for Renewable Raw Materials (FNR) and the German Farmers’ Union, as well as Messe Berlin.

At the display entitled “Multitalented Wood“ in Hall 4.2 visitors can learn about various different aspects of this raw material and its many uses. There will also be opportunities for climbing, sawing and carving. During the fair a “Wood Workshop” is being provided to show how timber is used to make modern construction elements, and carpenters are demonstrating their skills. Experts will be available on the information stands to explain the various advantages of using wood, and some of its many applications, as a means of heating that also helps to reduce CO2 emissions and for internal construction and finishing work. Forestry experts are showing examples of sustainable woodland and forestry management, while companies are providing examples of efficient timber processing.

The exhibitors contributing to the combined display entitled “Keen on the country - working together for rural areas“ are presenting a diverse and lively picture of country life and the inventiveness of rural dwellers. In Hall 4.2 numerous regions, action groups, networks and associations are presenting a wealth of ideas, showing how villages and towns can offer opportunities to their inhabitants as a result of the changes taking place in our society, such as demographic changes and the energy transition. In addition the Agro-Social Society is providing a diverse, non-stop programme on the Land Show stage.

The authentic biotope being created by the German Hunters’ Association DJV in Hall 26a is the ideal place for finding out the differences between racoons and badgers or how closely related the pine marten and the beech marten are. This 300 square metre display is staffed by the experts of the Nature Learning team and visitors can follow a trail that teaches them all about this country’s flora and fauna. A fascinating quiz will acquaint them more closely with various wild animals. The “Nature Learning“ initiative is the recipient for the second time of an award from UNESCO. Hunters are showing just how colourful and diverse our native flora and fauna are, the contribution that they make to preserving the natural world, and how healthy and tasty game from Germany’s countryside can be. A venison goulash or a sausage made with wild boar meat are the end product of a humane hunting process as practiced in Germany and which is subject to strict regulations, as visitors to the DJV stand can find out for themselves.

To the varied sounds of animals barking, miaowing, hissing and growling, the World of Pets extends an invitation to everyone who loves animals, and to those who would like to find out more about them. The main focus is on the most popular and also on some of the most unusual bipeds and quadrupeds from every continent and of all kinds, covered with fur, shells or scales. Among the creatures that can be seen are giant stick insects from Malaysia and Indian praying mantises, the African bullfrog, which is as large as a soup plate, and giant millipedes. Those who prefer cats will enjoy seeing breeds such as the Sacred Burmese, the Siberian Forest Cat, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Somali and Siamese. With Eurasians, Dalmatians, Sheepdogs, German Shepherds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, to mention only a few, the German Canine Club (VDH) will be presenting over 800 dogs representing more than 50 breeds during the course of the Green Week. Here at the fair visitors can obtain advice from the various associations, breeders and veterinarians about the most suitable pets, along with useful information about how to take care of them.

Gardening section presents outstanding floral arrangements

In 2014 the Floral Hall emphasises the diversity of plants from all over the world, and features them in various combinations. Outstanding floral arrangements are used under the heading of the “International Parliament of Flowers“. More than 30 palm trees from Alicante in Spain, thousands of Dutch tulips, South American succulents and Asian azaleas are being used to create a colourful, inviting and spring-like atmosphere amongst a total of more than 30,000 blooming, scented flowers and blossoms. The Floral Hall is being transformed into a parliamentary chamber where, according to their countries of origin, the various “nationalities of flowers and plants“ will be placed on radially arranged terraces up to three metres in height in a community of plants. The centre point of this parliament will be provided by a pool of water with a four-metre high fountain, surrounded by colourful, scented arrangements that have been created by some of the best florists. Once again the major partners closely associated with this floral parliament will be the Berlin Association of Gardening Enthusiasts, the city’s two zoos – Zoologischer Garten and Tierpark Friedrichsfelde -, the organisation Grün (Green) Berlin and the many partners of the National Horticultural Association such as the cemetery trustees’ association Friedhofstreuhand.

The project entitled “Andernach – the edible town“ is bound to attract a great deal of attention. Here the signs state “Please pick“ instead of “Keep off“. Strawberries, lettuce and onions: the town council has encouraged the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and herbs, and everyone can help themselves. In this way public green spaces and parks have been tuned into gardens for the benefit of the residents. The availability of useful plants demonstrates how to enjoy a healthy diet and creates a greater appreciation of regional foodstuffs.

To an increasing extent Berlin is becoming Europe’s urban gardening capital. Also playing their part in this process are the nearly 200,000 allotment holders cultivating the 70,000 plots, whose own personal efforts are contributing to an improved urban climate in the truest sense of the word. The display by the Berlin Regional Gardening Enthusiasts in Hall 9c includes garden ponds as a habitat for numerous small animals and for plants. Their guests are the Hamburg Gardening Association and the Floral Hall is being sponsored by the magazine GartenFlora. The media partner is radioBerlin 88.8, which is also presenting an entertaining and informative programme on the stage.

Green Week young generation

Teaching with a close practical relevance and a wealth of fascinating, instructive and interesting topics: for more than 20.000 pupils the International Green Week provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge about everyday aspects of agriculture, nutrition and horticulture. This display features more than 50 separate items, from preparing the right sort of school breakfast to modern methods of animal husbandry and suitable ways of cultivating school gardening plots. “Green Week young generation” has been designed to meet the needs of a young target group and is recommended by the educational authorities in Berlin and Brandenburg. Under the heading of “My green future“, during the Training Day (20 January) middle school pupils can follow a specially prepared route around the Farm Experience in order to acquire information about various careers in agriculture and the food sector. A central table is also provided where teachers can obtain material that they can use in their lessons. Rounding the day off is a fascinating programme on the stage, with discussions and some surprises too.

Information for visitors: Three long days at the Green Week

The International Green Week Berlin 2014 has prepared a full programme of events between 17 and 26 January as it awaits some 400,000 visitors from the trade and industry and the general public. Opening times and the pricing structure for the admission tickets are intended to cater for those who have planned a visit in advance as well as those who come at short notice. The fair is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the second Friday and on the two Saturdays (18, 24 and 25 Jan.) the fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A day ticket costs 13 euros, reduced-rate tickets for schoolchildren and students cost nine euros. Children under the age of six will be admitted free of charge. Happy Hour tickets costing eight euros are available every day (daily from 2 p.m., including on days with extended opening times), and a family ticket (maximum of 2 adults + 3 children aged up to 14) costs 26 euros. A day ticket on both Sundays of the Green Week (19 and 26 Jan.) costs ten euros. The Sundays are particularly good days for families to pay a visit. A day ticket for groups of 20 or more costs 11 euros per person, and for parties of schoolchildren (school IDs required) the individual charge is four euros. Unlimited admission to the Green Week costs 42 euros.

Obtain Green Week tickets without standing in line: admission tickets can be ordered and printed out by going to the online ticket shop at www.grünewoche.com. A new feature: the mobile ticket shop. This enables you to download the ticket onto your own mobile device when you get to the venue.

Arriving by car

From the A10 (Berliner Ring) onto A100, A111 or A115 to Funkturm interchange, take Messedamm exit. Parking is available at the Olympic Stadium. From here a free shuttle service will take you directly to the North and South entrances to the Exhibition Grounds. The Exhibition Grounds and ICC are located outside the Environment Zone. Car drivers arriving on the autobahn and heading directly to the Exhibition Grounds from the Messegelände/ Messedamm exits are outside the zone and therefore do not need to obtain the requisite windscreen sticker.

Arriving by public transport

S-Bahn (light rail system) S5 to Messe Süd station; S-Bahn S5, S7 to Westkreuz station; S-Bahn S41, S42, S46 to Messe Nord/ ICC station; U-Bahn (underground) U2 to the stations at Kaiserdamm or Theodor-Heuss-Platz; bus routes 104, 139, 349, M49, X34, X49 to Messedamm/ ZOB (Main Bus Station)/ ICC.

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