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Aboutus polaroids
  • "People with spare rooms...can let out their rooms to tourists and earn a small fortune..."
    — The Telegraph, Dec 28th 2011
  • "Wimdu is no shoestring operation: in June it raised $90m from its core investors."
    — The Economist, Aug 6th 2011
  • "Hotel alternative…Berlin-based Wimdu is one you might want to keep your eye on."
    — New York Post, Sep 26th 2011
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The Company

Wimdu started as a small international team in March 2011, but has quickly grown into a tightly-knit group of 250 dedicated employees worldwide.

Still growing rapidly, Wimdu is now a leading online platform offering private accommodation for all tastes and budgets. By connecting guests and hosts worldwide, Wimdu offers an enjoyable, authentic travel experience for those looking for a smart alternative to hotels.

From penthouse apartments in New York, to holiday homes in Majorca and city studios in Paris, Wimdu's range of over 300,000 properties in more than 100 countries ensures that everybody can find attractive, affordable accommodation for their next trip.

But that's not all. Wimdu also lets you rent out your own place to those looking for a place to stay. Listing is free, and allows hosts to make money from their extra space whilst helping others explore the world.


March 2011
Berlin, Germany
  • > 15 languages
  • > 150 countries
  • > 250 employees
  • > 300,000 properties
  • > 1 million registered users
  • > $90,000,000 financing
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The Story

Wimdu was founded in 2011 by Arne Bleckwenn and Hinrich Dreiling, two close friends who had successfully founded two companies together before establishing Wimdu. Having become increasingly dissatisfied with expensive, anonymous hotels, the pair decided to create Wimdu, a company which would combine technical know-how, a passion for travel and a closer attention to the individual needs of users.

Towards the end of 2014, Bleckwenn and Dreiling decided to step down as the CEO’s of Wimdu to join the Board of Directors, so they started their search for the right people to take their place. They found very suitable candidates in Arne Kahlke and Soren Kress, and CEO duties were voluntarily handed over at the beginning of 2015. The new CEO’s bring with them the combined expertise necessary to raise Wimdu to the next level. Having previously founded the dating website “ElitePartner”, Kahlke and Kress moved on to successfully position “Parship” as the number one matchmaking platform in Germany. Through their leadership skills, Wimdu will continue its success as one of the world’s leading platforms offering a smart alternative to hotels.

With over 250 international employees working at our Berlin headquarters and our Lisbon office, we are a diverse team of highly-qualified and enthusiastic people all aiming to turn private, home-grown rentals into an easy to use global norm. Our goal is to provide an accessible, affordable alternative to hotels, with a strong focus on quality and value for money.


Wimdu connects hosts and guests from all over the world

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Jason & Sarah were a lovely couple and it was great to meet them. We shared many hours chatting which was fun and easy. They are personable, clean and tidy as well as very respectful. Everything you could ask for from a guest. I would welcome them back in a second! I hope you guys are well! A & B

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Jason & Sarah

We are on our second honeymoon, doing a travel and sights degustation around Europe with budget in mind. We found accommodation with Wimdu as we wanted a local and more personal experience where we would get to meet other people. We have only positive things to say. Ahman and Bruce were friendly and hospitable. They have a lovely home (...) We regret that we only stayed for three days!

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When you open the door of your house to Nicole and Anne, you feel like you are welcoming old friends. We had such a good time with them. Nicole and Anne are very nice persons, very easy- going, friendly an with a lot of enthusiasm. We highly recommend them to any host. We wish this mother and daughter all the best for life. Thanks for choosing us and you are very welcomed to come back again anytime. Greets from Anna and Jordy, Barcelona :)

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Both our hosts made us feel very welcome. Being in a strange city with my daughter it was great to have the house of Anna and Jordy as our 'home base'. It is easy to get to every place in Barcelona by subway or by foot, and being so close to the Park Guell makes it extra special. (...) But our stay was especially great because of the care Anna and Jordy show for their guests. Go visit them! Nicole