Between 23 and 26 September 2008, from the Tuesday until the Friday, no fewer than 1,912 exhibitors from 41 countries presented some of their latest products and ideas within the vast exhibition complex, occupying far more of the latter than ever before in the past. Total floorspace occupied was a staggering 150,000 m2, both within the halls and on the fan of sidings adjacent to the buildings.
An aerial photo gives some idea of the vast extent of the Berlin Messe. In the foreground is the outdoor exhibition area, which for 2008 was enlarged, too. In 2006 there were 1,900 m of sidings; this year 3,500 m of track were available for exhibits. Beyond is the great complex of halls. The main entrance, from Jafféstrasse and the adjacent S-Bahn station, is over on the far right, and not completely visible. In the centre of the view are halls 25 and 26, regularly occupied by infrastructure exhibitors, and on their right is the main block of halls, on two levels, used in previous years - 1 to 6. Beyond these is the delightful sunken bowl of the Sommergarten, and also the older ring of halls - from 23 left round, accross 22, 21, 20, 18, 11, 10 and 8 to 7. Only 23 and 22 are fully visible in this view, however; the remainder are off the photo to the left.
Photo: Matthias Winkler