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It all started with a holiday home and a seed capital of € 3.24

8. Februar 2001

“Our seed capital was 3.24 euros”

Everything started with an apartment on Lake Ammersee owned by Sebastian’s mother. Sebastian wanted to help her rent out the holiday accommodation via the internet. At the same time, while in university, Nicolaj helped his family and other hosts in the Lüneburg Heath get their apartments online. In 2001, the two teamed up to market holiday accommodation together online. The idea was to create a marketplace featuring many apartments and holiday homes in the region – “Traum-Ferienwohnungen” was born.

8. Februar 2001
10. Januar 2007

“Our first office”

After spending the first few years working on Traum-Ferienwohnungen.de from Nicolaj and Sebastian’s student digs, it eventually became too cramped, and it was then that the move to our first office space in Bremen’s Medienhaus occurred. At Medienhaus, we changed offices three times: from 20 sqm to 35 sqm. That was not the final stop.

10. Januar 2007
16. Mai 2010

“New layout for our holiday home marketplace”

In 2010, we redesigned and updated our website and used our new layout for many years. In the meantime, we arranged over 10,000 holiday accommodations and worked with permanent employees.

16. Mai 2010
19. November 2012

“On the move yet again”

After three exciting and successful years, the office space in Bremen’s Medienhaus still did not give us enough space. We were all set for the next move. The new 700 sqm office on the Weser river in Bremen provided plenty of space for all our employees. That year we also became an official apprenticing company and founded our sales department, which has been personally travelling to the various tourist regions ever since.

19. November 2012
7. Juni 2013

“We are a founding member of the German Holiday Home Association”

“We are a founding member of the German Holiday Home Association”
Together with other holiday home providers, we founded the German Holiday Home Association, whose aim is to support the interests of the holiday home industry, hosts, and holidaymakers. The focus of the association’s work is to heighten public awareness about the holiday property sector and to formulate legitimate industry interests with regards to the economy and politics.

7. Juni 2013
5. Juli 2014

“We started our social project “Vacation on us””

Our next move took place in 2014, as the offices on the Weser river in Bremen no longer offered sufficient space for all employees. So the 80-member Traum-Ferienwohnungen team went up the Weser River to the old wine merchant store in Bremen’s Überseestadt. We also started our campaign “Vacation on us” there and since then, we have been committed to helping families who are unable to go on a holiday for financial reasons.

5. Juli 2014
1. Dezember 2015

“Time for a new look”

Our logo as well as our website had grown a bit antiquated and needed a new look. During this extensive project, we redesigned our logo based on our values, history, and people and, from that moment on, have shown our colourful and emotional side. That year, we also got rid of specialised departments and organised ourselves into cross-functional teams geared towards our target groups. Hierarchies were abolished.

1. Dezember 2015
10. Oktober 2016

“We become a part of the @Leisure Family”

The @Leisure Group is among the leading companies in the European holiday accommodation market, which includes holiday homes, holiday parks, and apartments. By joining forces with @Leisure, we can work together on new growth opportunities for the future – nationally and internationally.

10. Oktober 2016
10. März 2018

“Our new holiday property purchasing marketplace is under way”

With the holiday trend towards holiday homes, the demand for corresponding properties as investment properties is increasing. Until this moment there had been no specialised marketplace for interested parties and sellers. This changed with Traum-Ferienwohnungen’s new marketplace for holiday properties. Since then, we have been using our extensive industry knowledge and unique industry network specifically for investors and sellers of holiday properties.

10. März 2018
1. Mai 2019

“@Leisure becomes a part of the OYO Family”

On May 1, 2019, the Indian company OYO Hotels & Homes took over Traum-Ferienwohnungen. Founded in 2013 by then-19-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, OYO has grown in record time into India’s and China’s largest and the world’s sixth largest provider of hotels and holiday homes. Up to this point, the @Leisure Group, which also includes Dancenter and Belvilla, owned the majority of Traum-Ferienwohnungen. With the OYO takeover the @Leisure Group, formerly a part of Axel Springer, the two other shareholders and founders of Traum-Ferienwohnungen, Nicolaj Armbrust and Sebastian Mastalka, sold their shares to OYO.

OYO VACATION HOMES LOGO

1. Mai 2019