An airport is moving, and a new district is emerging; that was the situation on the eastern outskirts of Munich in the early 1990s. A stroll through the expansive squares, streets and parks of the district of Messestadt (Trade Fair and Exhibition City) of Riem demonstrates the success of one of the largest urban development areas in Europe. Over an area of 560 hectares, apartments for 18,000 people, schools, a huge shopping centre and of course the Neue Messe (New Munich Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre) were built.
Messestadt Riem was developed in line with ecological principles, and the key guiding ethos of ’Compact - Urban - Green‘. The district is divided into several areas by the central east-west axis of Willy-Brandt-Allee. The Neue Messe (the New Munich Trade Fair Exhibition Centre), the Technologiepark West and the eastern industrial area are located to the north of this axis. And the residential areas, the Riemer Park and the promenade with infrastructure facilities to the south. It is around 20 minutes by underground to the centre of Munich.