REHAB has been one of the most important trade fairs in Europe focusing on rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. A visit to REHAB for personal or professional interest is worthwhile in any case. You’ll discover the latest assistive devices and therapeutic approaches in the fair’s barrier-free halls.

Find out all about the latest developments in rehabilitation, orthopaedic and medical technology. Learn about innovative products and specialized service offerings that make life easier and more independent for people with disabilities increase their independence.

REHAB offers specialist visitors an overview of the newest trends and innovations, as well as opportunities for continuing vocational education.

People with disabilities and their caresrs can look forward to REHAB’s familiar informal atmosphere and to receiving comprehensive, competent advice from the exhibitors!

General information

Date 22 to 24 May 2025
Opening hours Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre
Messeallee 1
76287 Rheinstetten
Please note: Animals are not allowed on the fairground. Exceptions are guide dogs, assistant dogs of people with disabilities and service dogs.

Site plan of REHAB 2023

REHAB 2023 will take place in 3 halls: Hall 2, marked in brown in the diagram, has its focus on Brain & Neuroreha, Homecare & Nursing, Mobility & Daily Living Aids and Therapy & Practice. Hall 3, marked in grew in the diagram, has its focus on Building & Living, Child & Youth Rehabilitation and Self-help. And the dm-arena, marked with light bluw, has its focus on Active Rehabilitation, Car & Traffic, Education & Profession and Leisure & Travel.

Graphic of the site plan with the hall layout of Messe Karlsruhe during REHAB 2023.

REHAB for people with disabilities and their carers

REHAB extends over three exhibition halls (hall 2, hall 3 and dm-arena). The exhibition area is divided into marketplaces, each of which is dedicated to a specific theme. In addition, you will find special offers in the special areas in the halls:

  • On the test track, you have the opportunity to try out the latest wheelchairs, handbikes and other cycling equipment directly on site.
  • The inclusive sports complex shows a selection of different sports that you can experience live.
  • In the Future Pavilion, the latest digital innovations will be presented, some of which are still in the research phase.

HERE you can find an overview to help you find your way around.

If you are still undecided, we also have further suggestions for you:

Receive advice on products and daily living aids to create a barrier-free home environment. Or visit different exhibitors to learn more about articles for nursing, homecare and hygiene.

Do you have the travel bug? At REHAB you will discover leisure and travel offers for accessible, barrier-free holidays. Or let yourself be surprised by the wide range of sport and recreation activities on offer.

At REHAB you will find a variety of offers and products to touch, and above all dialogue partners who are willing to listen and respond to your individual needs.
We look forward to seeing you!

REHAB for specialist visitors

REHAB provides retailers, therapists, rehabilitation technicians, physicians as well as staff and decision makers of rehabilitations and care facilities with the ideal platform to exchange information and ideas with members of different professions.

Whether new ways and opportunities in the provision of aids or legal changes in the rehabilitation and care industry - at REHAB you will find all the necessary information in order to provide competent and comprehensive advice and recommendations to your clients and patients.

As specialist visitor you can count on:

  • A comprehensive overview of the trends and innovations in the market for aids and devices.
  • An opportunity to exchange information with colleagues from other professions within the rehabilitation and therapy sector.
  • A chance to speak directly to persons with diasabilities and their carers attending the trade fair.

As part of REHAB 2023, the Interdisciplinary Conference for Therapists CON.THERA took place for the second time. Take a look at the German programme of the REHAB 2023 and be part of the next conference in 2025!

Information for specialist visitors

Exhibitors at REHAB are manufacturers, retailers, service providers, institutions and associations from the following areas and many more:

  • Aids for people with impaired hearing or speech
  • Aids for the visually impaired
  • Barrier-free homes and buildings
  • Cars and transport
  • Clinics and rehabilitation facilities
  • Clothing
  • Daily living aids
  • Ergotherapy
  • Food, health, household, hygiene
  • Leisure and travel
  • Medical, rehabilitation and orthopaedic technology
  • Nursing and medical supplies
  • Occupation & Education (integration, workstation equipment, basic and advanced training)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Preventive rehabilitation
  • Security and monitoring systems
  • Wheelchairs, mobility scooters, mobility aids and walking aids

Do you belong to one of the following professional groups?

Then be there at REHAB and exchange ideas with colleagues and other visitors and exhibitors. Visitors from other business sectors are of course also very welcome at REHAB!

  • Physiotherapists
  • Ergotherapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Nursing and care professionals
  • Curative education therapists
  • Medical professionals
  • Rehab and orthopaedic technicians
  • Inclusion and integration assistants
  • Inclusion representatives
  • Architects/property developers
  • Educators
  • et al.

Your way to REHAB

The following information will make your trip to REHAB quick and easy, wether you're travelling by car, public transport, rail or air. Barrier-free travel

How to get there

Wheelchairs reservations

As a free service for your visit to the fair, you have the option of reserving a wheelchair. Further information can be found under barrier-free trade fair at services.


P1 carpark is exclusively available as a parking area for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs. Furthermore, parking spaces for people with disabilities are available on P2 in the first two parking rows.

Trade-fair shuttle bus service

A complementary barrier-free shuttle bus service and other barrier-free shuttles operates between the central railway station and the trade fair for the duration of the event.

Here you can find the timetable of the barrier-free shuttle bus on the KVV-website as well as in the document below.

Description of how to get from the station to the trade fair shuttles:

Leave the station building via the main entrance (in the direction of zoological garden), cross the tram tracks and you will find several shuttles on the right-hand side at the station forecourt, which will take you to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre free of charge.
You can book a transfer support from the train to the trade fair shuttles by calling 0049 30 652 12 888.

Public transport

Information on the KVV’s itinerary planning is available here . Choose Trip Options to make your trip barrier-free, or please call 0049 721 6107 5886 (Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Deutsche Bahn

Please use the following contact data to arrange for assistance with boarding, changing or alighting from trains when travelling with Deutsche Bahn. Deutsche Bahn will also assist you in finding suitable connections, purchasing tickets and reserving seats, and send you your travel documents by post or prepare them for collection at a ticket machine.

Phone: 0049 30 65212888

(20 cents per call from a German landline, max. 60 cents per call from a German mobile network; costs for calls from abroad depending on provider)

Monday to Friday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.,
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Our free shuttle service will take you from Karlsruhe Central Station directly to the main entrance of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre and back again.

The departure times of the shuttle service can be found here.

From the A5/A8 motorway (Autobahn):

Coming along the A8 from Stuttgart, drive south onto the A5, following signs for Basel. Leave the A5 at junction 48 for Karlsruhe-Süd and follow signs to "Messe“. The road name for satellite navigation systems is Leichtsandstraße (on some systems Leichtsandstrasse) in the Karlsruhe district of Rheinstetten.

From the A65 motorway (Autobahn):

The A65 merges with the B10. Leave the B10 at junction 8 and follow signs to "Messe“. The road name for satellite navigation systems is Leichtsandstraße (on some systems Leichtsandstrasse) in the Karlsruhe district of Rheinstetten


For the duration of the event, P1 carpark is exclusively available as a parking area for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs. Furthermore, parking spaces for people with disabilities are available on P2 in the first two parking rows.

Designated parking spaces are available for vehicles over 1.90 m in height.

The parking fee for all visitors is 6 euros/day.

Tickets for the FareZone 100 apply for travel to the Messe/Leichtsandstraße tram and bus stop when a trade fair is on.

By tram

Messe/Leichtsandstraße or Messe Nord tram stops

From the city centre:

  • Underground Line S2 (destination Rheinstetten).

From Karlsruhe central station:

  • From the main train station, you can take various trains to the city center to change at the Europaplatz subway station:
    • Line S1/S11 in the direction of Neureut or Hochstetten
    • Line 2 direction Knielingen Nord
    • Line 3 direction Daxlanden or Rappenwörth

  • At Europaplatz, change to Underground Line S2, direction Rheinstetten (stop Messe/Leichtsandstraße).

For further information on the departure times of the trade fair shuttle, see „free shuttle service“.

Free shuttle service

Furthermore, barrier-free shuttles run from the station forecourt to the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

Description of how to get from the station to the trade fair shuttles:

Leave the station building via the main entrance (in the direction of zoological garden), cross the tram tracks and you will find several shuttles (Messe-Express, Rollicar, Zwingenberger) on the right-hand side at the station forecourt, which will take you to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre free of charge.

You can book a transfer support from the train to the trade fair shuttles by calling 0049 180 6 512 512.

From Durlacher Tor:

  • Line S2 (destination Rheinstetten).

More information including fares and departure times can be found on the KVV website.

By bus

Messe Nord or Messe/Leichtsandstraße bus stop

From Ettlingen changefree:

  • Bus Line 106 (destination Neuburgweier Breslauer Str.)

From Rastatt:

  • Change at the Silberstreifen stop to bus route 106 in the direction of Neuburgweier Breslauer Str.

All of the timetables of the KVV bus network are available here.

Karlsruhe is a hub for ICE, InterCity, EuroCity and InterRegio trains, and is located directly on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Basel intercity line. The east-west line Karlsruhe-Stuttgart-Munich begins here too. And the high-speed TGV train takes you from Paris to Karlsruhe in just three hours.

The best way to get there.

Pay as little as EUR 55.90 (one-way) with the Event Ticket.

Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH has partnered up with Deutsche Bahn to create an exclusive deal that allows you to travel conveniently to and from your Fairs and Congresses.

Take advantage and make the journey time yours. Use your outward and return journeys to work, read or relax. Whatever you decide to do, your travel with the Event Ticket will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

That special extra for you. Your Event Ticket at a single nationwide price, available at every DB station.

  • Event Ticket for a single journey, for use only on one specific connection (subject to availability):
    • 2nd Class EUR 55.90
    • 1st Class EUR 89.90

  • Event Ticket for single journey, for use on all connections (always available):
    • 2nd Class EUR 77.90
    • 1st Class EUR 112.90

This offer is valid until 2024-Dec-14.

By clicking the button, you will be redirected to a Deutsche Bahn website.

You can make the most of your travel time by using your journeys to and from your destination for work, relaxation or enjoying our on-board services. You can also rest assured that your long-distance travel is completely powered by electricity generated by renewable resources.

Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH and Deutsche Bahn wish you a pleasant journey!

The event ticket provided by Deutscher Bahn does not include the ticket for access to the trade fair or congress event of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH.

Map with neighboring airports Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden to the fair Karlsruhe.

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre has excellent connections to at least 4 airports:

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (approx. 30 minutes by road) and other major international airports such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Strasbourg (50–60 minutes by road).

Are you travelling with a camper van or trailer and would like to stay overnight directly at the fair? We offer you the opportunity to do so on our parking lot P3. Electricity can only be guaranteed if you order in time.

Please use the following formula to book your parking space up to 14 days before the fair begins. Electricity can only be guaranteed if you order in time:

You can also reach the exhibition grounds easily and in an environmentally friendly way with KVV.nextbike - the public bike and e-bike rental system of the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV). The rental station near the exhibition grounds is located at the tram stop Messe/ Leichtsandstraße (line S2).

Rental stations

This is how easy it is to use the KVV.nextbike: Select the bike at or at a rental station, scan it and off you go. Please note that the number of KVV.nextbikes available is limited.

Cost of the KVV.nextbike rental bike at the basic rate:

  • 1 € per 30 min (normal)
  • 2 € per 30 min (e-bike)

The exhibition grounds are easily accessible via a well-developed and signposted network of cycle paths:

  • Karlsruhe main station: 5.5 km
  • Karlsruhe city centre: 6.3 km
  • Ettlingen centre: 7 km

Further information at

Bicycle breakdown service

With our bicycle breakdown service, we offer you a basic set of tools and aids for quickly solving a breakdown. Be it a punctured tyre, a defective inner tube, a jammed brake or simply too little air: help can be called up and equipment borrowed via the service hotline 0721 3720-5222.

Your stay

The famous fan-shaped city, nestling in green countryside

From the Baden residential palace to the heart of the “TechnologieRegion” – Karlsruhe has a lot to offer.

Located on the Rhine Plain between the Black Forest to the south, the Vosges mountains of France to the west, and Germany’s Palatinate hills to the north, Karlsruhe is a cultural hub, a buzzing region for technological development, and a centre of science and academia.

And, with 310,000 inhabitants, the second biggest city in Baden-Wurttemberg. The quality of life here is very high, the region as a whole is booming – Karlsruhe, an appealing combination of think-tank, lifestyle, and diversity.

Tips for your stay in Karlsruhe

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After fair

Discover the tastiest places to eat, the local nightlife, and the best places to unwind.

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Our services for all aspects of your trade-fair visit

We provide a full range of services on location, too. Here’s where you can find out more about our electronic visitor information system, what our Business Center offers, and what information our informationstand can provide you with. This section also familiarises you with the Internet access options available on our trade-fair premises.


Close-up of the info symbol at the info counter at the Karlsruhe trade fair.

At the info counter in the Events Hall you will find information about restaurants and hotels in the surrounding area. At the info counters in front of the halls, they will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Close-up of a hand open upwards with a cube animated over it, showing the wheelchair user symbol.

Messe Karlsruhe is designed to be handicapped accessible. All halls and entrances are at ground level.


P1 carpark is exclusively available as a parking area for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs. Furthermore, parking spaces for people with disabilities are available on P2 in the first two parking rows.

Wheelchairs reservations

As a free service for your visit to the fair, you have the option of reserving a wheelchair. You can reserve a wheelchair early and subject to availability at For your stay at the fair, we offer manual wheelchairs you can pick up at the entrances to the exhibition grounds. In addition, we provide e-scooters with a hand-out in Hall 2.

Barrier-free toilets

There is also a “toilet for everyone” at the trade fair. This toilet is specially conceived for use by people with multiple handicaps. It is additionally equipped with a lifter and an emergency-call mechanism. This toilet is open during the regular opening hours of the current event on the trade fair’s campus. Additional barrier-free toilets are located in the exhibition halls during REHAB.

REHAB Kinderwelt

To give you the opportunity to get information and advice about the latest product innovations and services in a relaxed atmosphere, we offer childcare for your children (both with and without disabilities) during the regular opening hours of REHAB. The childcare will be provided by trained staff and registration is not required. To ensure professional care for all children, it will be limited to a maximum of 2 hours.

We look forward to making the stay at REHAB enjoyable for our little participants as well.

Close-up of a coat rack with hangers suspended.

The cloakrooms are located in the entrance areas. The fee for a clothing item is 2 euros, for a luggage item 3 euros. Lockers are available in the basement of the Events Hall using a 1 euro deposit coin. The basement is accessible by lift as well as by stairs.

You will find digital lockers in the entrance area (main entrance) on the left-hand side.

12 of 24 LiveLockers are equipped with the possibility to charge batteries of mobile devices. After opening the LiveLocker, you will find

  • a 220V/16A socket to connect your own power supply units, e.g. for charging laptops or bicycle batteries, and,
  • a USB type A and a USB type C socket with a combined output of 18W.

You can reserve these in advance for your stay at

There is a charge of 5 euros per day for their use.

Close-up of two hands with the WLAN icon animated between them.

Free WLAN access

As a registered user, wireless Internet access is available for you free of charge throughout the entire campus during the trade fair.

Free WLAN on the trade fair’s campus

You will need a WLAN-capable device of your own with a Web browser function.

Please note the following details:

  • To use the free WLAN, you need a WLAN-capable device with the globally common WLAN Standard IEEE 802.11 n/ac.
  • When there are large numbers of simultaneous users, reception is not guaranteed at every location on the campus.
  • The bandwidth per device is maximally 8 Mbit/sec. However, depending on the momentary traffic in the hall, the bandwidth may be less than this maximum.
  • One user /device can go online with a mobile device for maximally 4 hours.

Premium Wi-FI

If you need higher bandwidth, we recommend that you order our premium Wi-Fi for the highest online demands (without bandwidth restriction). A fee will be charged for this service. You may purchase it either online or in the Business Centre at Entrance West.

How do I connect to the WLAN?

Graphic of the site plan of Messe Karlsruhe with the locations of the EC machines directly on the exhibition grounds.

Karlsruhe Trade Fair makes available for its visitors an EC automat directly on the fair’s campus. The automat is located in the Events Hall at the main entrance.

This automat dispenses cash without a fee for customers with accounts at Volksbank. This is also true for customers of savings banks in the city of Karlsruhe-Ettlingen, but not for customers of savings banks outside this district or customers of other banks.

Photo of the charging station for electric vehicles in front of the Messe Karlsruhe.Two women charge an electric vehicle of the Messe Karlsruhe with it.

Four charging stations for electric vehicles (type 2 plugs up to 22 kW) are available to visitors to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre in car park P1; charging costs €6. Please note: There is a charge for access to car park P1. The charging stations cannot be reserved.

Photo of a guide dog for the blind.

Animals are not allowed on the fairground.

Exceptions are guide dogs, assistant dogs of people with disabilities and service dogs.

You can find all lost and found items at the lost and found office of the city of Rheinstetten or the city of Karlsruhe.

Lost and dropped off items are collected by our control room.

Phone: +49 721 3720 5222

If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the Lost and found office of the city of Rheinstetten, Phone: + 49 7242 9514 350.

Or to the

Lost and Found Office of the City of Karlsruhe, Phone: + 49 721 133 3310.

Visa service for participants of REHAB

Residents of EU countries do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Residents of all other nationalities are required to have a visa to enter Germany. The European Community has abolished visa requirements for visits of up to 90 days for some of these countries.

You can find an up-to-date list of all countries that require a visa and those that do not on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

To ensure that you receive your visa in due time before the trade fair/exhibition starts, we recommend you apply for your visa as early as possible. Applications can be made up to three months before you enter the country.

General information about visa regulations is available on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. The specific visa regulations for entry to Germany and details of the documents you need to provide when applying for a visa can be found on the websites of the German missions abroad.

Visa applications must generally be submitted in person to the German embassy or consulate responsible for your place of residence, together with all necessary documents.

When applying for a visa, exhibitors are requested to submit an exhibitor admission document from the trade fair company; in this case, the visa can be issued free of charge.

As a rule, you will need the following documents for your visa application:

  • Confirmed travel booking (flight, bus, train and hotel bookings)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • For exhibitors: additionally exhibitor pass, stand invoice
  • For visitors: additionally entrance ticket

In a directive transmitted per e-mail in July 2013, the Federal Foreign Office informed the visa offices of German embassies and consulates worldwide that, as a matter of principle, an official invitation letter from the trade fair organizer is no longer required when applying for visas for trade fair visits in Germany. Please refer to this information when applying for your visa.

In case the visa section responsible for issuing your visa should nonetheless request that an official invitation letter be presented, please send us your personal data in good time by e-mail using the Invitation form.

You can request letters of invitation at the earliest three months before the event begins.

Please also note the following instructions when applying for a letter of invitation:

  • Your personal data is taken directly from the online form. No changes or corrections can be made by us.
  • If your invitation letter contains incorrect data, you will have to fill in the online form again.
  • The invitation letter will be sent to you by e-mail as a pdf document. Sending by fax is not possible.
  • The processing time is up to 10 days and cannot be accelerated.
  • Please check your spam folder before contacting us about undelivered invitations.

We ask for your understanding that we do not process individual requests for invitations.

Your contact for Visitors' Service

Visitor service
T: +49 (0) 721 3720 5000