Mannheim Maimarkt - 401 Years

26. April - 6. May 2014

Germany's largest and oldest consumer trade fair

The Mannheim May Fair dates back 4001 years to 1613, and since 1989 takes place at the Maimarkthalle off Autobahn A656 near the airport, southeast of Mannheim. This year’s annual Mannheim Maimarkt, a gigantic lifestyle exhibition, opens 26 April and runs through 6 May. It is open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This year, there will be more than 1,400 exhibitors displaying over 20,000 products on many different themes. In fact, you name it, you can probably find it in Mannheim: home improvements, tools, household equipment, lifestyle, gardening, fashion, cosmetics, jewelry, leisure, health and fitness, tourism, camping, water land and air, coffee and tea, food and drink, asparagus, beer, wine, autos, trucks and SUVs, computers.

Then there are animals: horses, coaches, dressage and show-jumping competitions, a milking competition, a petting zoo; a children’s play area, and a supervised kindergarten, where children may prefer to stay and play while their parents visit other exhibits. There are crafts such as flower arranging, glass making, furniture restoration, an international bazaar with gift items from around the world, live music and many other special events.

There is a full program of things to see including travel and vacations in halls 1 and 2; health and wellness in halls 3 to 5; food and drink specialties from all over the world in halls 6 to 9; leisure, sport and hobbies in hall 10; furniture in halls 11-13; international handcrafts in halls 14 and 15; electrical appliances in halls 16-20 and 42-43; fashion and cosmetics in halls 21-24; toys in hall 36; animals including bees, horses, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats in halls 44-47. There are also large outdoor areas devoted to home improvements, gardening and to agricultural machinery, cars and bicycles.

The Maimarkt takes place on the Maimarktgelände, easily visible from from A656 Heidelberg-Mannheim highway. For more information visit www.maimarkt.de(external link)