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Several Early-Bird Travel Discounts, Things to Do at International Hardware Fair Cologne

The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne runs from March 9 to 12, and visitors are advised to use the remaining weeks to plan their visit. In addition to special travel and hotel conditions awarded by the Koelnmesse partners, early bookers can profit from the presale prices in the ticket shop and from a combination between an entrance ticket and a transport ticket for the local transport networks in Cologne.

Trade visitors can find further information on public transport connections and can also look up cheap flights with the partner, Germanwings, via the “Arrival and travel” link on the EISENWARENMESSE website.

An alternative to flight, the Deutsche Bahn’s Koelnmesse/Deutz station is a five minutes’ walk away from the exhibition grounds. The Deutsche Bahn offers a contingent of discounted incoming and outward second-class tickets to show visitors from all over Germany for 99 Euros (1st class: 159 Euros). The price does not include seat reservations. Bookings can be made by telephone directly via the sales Deutsche Bahn office hotline: +49-(0)180/6311153 (20 ct/call from a German landline) when stating the keyword “EISENWARENMESSE” or online on the EISENWARENMESSE website.

Koelnmesse is also cooperating with partner hotels in Cologne and the surrounding region for online hotel reservations. For last-minute bookers it is possible to reserve hotel rooms for the same night via the JustBook app via a mobile phone. Koelnmesse visitors will receive a 20 Euro discount on entering the “koelnmesse” voucher code.

The entrance tickets of the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne are available from the online ticket shop. Reduced presale prices apply for the day ticket through to the season ticket. The entrance ticket also doubles as a transport ticket for the public transport options of the Rhine-Sieg (VRS) transport system. Buses and trains in and around Cologne can be used free of charge.

Off the show floor, the city Cologne also offers many entertainment options:

  • Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra will be playing in the Cologne Philharmonics 8 p.m. March 12. Click here for more information.
  • Katty Salié and Max Moor will be presenting the Gala for the Award Ceremony of the German Audio Book Prize 2014 at 8 p.m. in the broadcasting centre of WDR Cologne. Prior to that Arundhati Roy will be meeting up with the English author John Berger at 6 p.m. at the Theater am Tanzbrunnen. Click here for more information.
  • Those interested in German culture can visit the makk, the second oldest museum in the city of Cologne, while those looking for local places to eat have plenty of options. The reservation portal, “Global Guest” on www.eisenwarenmesse.com can be used to research culinary preferences and book tables.

Further information is available here.



About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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