Press info from 22.06.2022: Premiere for Europe’s Largest Model Railroading Event: IMA Joins Faszination Modellbau 2022!

When Faszination Modellbau calls, model building fans from all sectors head out to Friedrichshafen. This is the place where drones and drifters, truckers and tankers, train drivers and airship captains come together. This year’s event, taking place from the 4th through the 6th of November, is a highlight in particular for the model railroad community because Europe’s largest model railroading event, the IMA international exhibition for model railways and accessories, will be held for the first time concurrent to Faszination Modellbau and Echtdampf Hallentreffen in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in the beautiful tri-border region where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet. And best of all: all three events are open to the visitors – a single ticket for 3 events with spectacular shows and a supplementary multimedia programme for the entire family!

In Anticipation of the International Model Railway Exhibition in 2022

The uniquely personal atmosphere, the outstanding infrastructure and delightfully unconventional cooperation amongst all participants are some of the unbeatable benefits of Friedrichshafen as a well-established model building venue. IMA 2022 will be the flagship event of the year, especially for major brand-name manufacturers in the model railroad industry like Märklin, Faller, Bemo, Herpa, Lenz Elektronik, Lemke Collection, SB Modellbau and ESU electronic solutions Ulm. Eric-Michael Peschel, head of events marketing at Märklin, promised us already last year: “I can assure you that we’ll be expanding for the IMA, which will be held for the first time at the venue in Friedrichshafen, and that our Insider, Trix and LGB clubs will also be on hand. You can expect to experience Märklin’s full commitment. It will definitely be worth the trip!”

Carloads of Happiness

The adventurous journey into wonderfully colourful and diverse miniature worlds begins as soon as you step into the two exhibition halls where the IMA will focus attention on model railroading. Showcase stars, railway giants and rolling stock from a broad range of historical epochs will be highlighted here. In all gauges – they chug, steam and glide over Europe’s most beautiful railways and through fabulously charming locales. Faithfully reproduced with great attention to detail, the model railroad layouts of the clubs and associations will be presented live on their platforms and will provide fans, families and other interested parties with hands-on technical know-how, history and insight – in personal dialogue with their creators if you like.

Distinguished brand-name and small-series manufacturers will also be on hand with their top-quality products covering all aspects of miniature technical equipment and layout features, as well as accessories. One thing is for sure: whether classic analogue or modern digital systems are involved, the model railway hobby is a source of joy for all generations at the IMA.

Functional Modelling at its Best!

Functional model building is also a great source of joy: powerful construction machines, snow groomers and agricultural machines perform a graceful backhoe ballet by perfectly executing precisely coordinated work sequences on the naturalistically constructed courses. As opposed to this and with little regard for the others, the high-tech racing drones whizz through their high-speed course at the FPV Drone Race – with their sights set firmly on the finish line. Despite speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour and an iron will to win, the cool RC speedsters and motorcycles zip around the track at the German Open RC Car Masters according to a fixed racing procedure in order to secure a place on the winner’s podium. Mega monster trucks, racy RC motorcycles with and without sidecars and powerful dragsters compete for the favour of the spectators in wild shows and demonstrate functional modelling at its best!

Action in All of the Elements

In the sky, on the ground and on the water – action abounds in all of the elements at Faszination Modellbau: elegant airships and personalised RC slowflyers scamper about in the airspace provided by the two spacious foyers at the popular indoor attraction, the unique outdoor airfield at Lake Constance Airport is the point of departure for model aircraft flown by professional pilots at the renowned international FMT “Stars of the Year” air show, and all model fans will be sure to get their fill on the cool exhibition lake when the racing boats make their rounds. Speaking of speedsters: which iconic red car has twelve cylinders, a sleek body and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year? Right, the Ferrari! And if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even discover this iconic automobile in its original size on the magnificent fairgrounds. Maybe the iconic fire-red speedster will be parked in one of the bright, open exhibition halls which offer fantastic opportunities for strolling, shopping, astonishment and hands-on participation.

Express Yourself – Model Building in Action

Experience model making in action as offered by the exhibitors and clubs at Faszination Modellbau for young visitors – with cool hands-on activities where they can challenge their craftsmanship and technical skills. Together with the experts who provide valuable advice, they can put their creative ideas into actual practice and take the results home with a great sense of pride.

And anyone who would like to present their own projects live to the model building public at Faszination Modellbau as an honorary participant can register online at

Good to know! IMA, Faszination Modellbau and Echtdampf Hallentreffen are accompanied and celebrated by an agile and enthusiastic social community with a total of more than 20,000 fans. Networking with us keeps you up to date on all of our trade fair highlights:  

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Complete information concerning the 20th FASZINATION MODELLBAU – leading international trade fair for model railways and model making – and the 38th IMA international exhibition for model railways and accessories can be accessed at and


2022 Exhibition Date

4 to 6 November 2022



Messe Friedrichshafen
Neue Messe 1
88046 Friedrichshafen

Opening Hours

Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission prices:

Day pass, adults: 16,00 €
Discound day pass: 13,00 €
(young people between 9 and 17 years, pupils, students, retirees and other entitled persons with ID)
Family ticket: 40,00 €
(2 adults with 2 own children age 9 to 17)

Children up to 8 years of age are admitted free of cha