Danish modern: 48 hours in Copenhagen with Airbnb's Joe Gebbia

Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:09pm EDT
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By Burt Helm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home-sharing website Airbnb.com (www.airbnb.com/) has made it big, but when co-founder Joe Gebbia leaves San Francisco to travel for business, he still bunks down with Airbnb hosts.

Gebbia first visited Copenhagen in 2012 to open the company's office there. Back then, he got to know the city's Vesterbro district and fell in love with its mix of midcentury modern architecture and 17th century castles.

"I was there in February. It was chilly, snowy and very quaint," Gebbia says. "But it was beautifully designed and very approachable."

Here is how he spends two day's time in the Danish capital:

After the flight: I like to go straight to my Airbnb listing to settle in before venturing out. Rather than rent an entire apartment, I book a private room in a host's home. When I stay with a host I go from being an outsider to an insider overnight. I love that feeling, to be on the same vibration as the city.

Post-redeye breakfast: Granola (Værnedamsvej 5) is a wonderful, comfortable spot. It's a quintessential breakfast nook with all the staples, except done in a Danish way.

Team inspiration: Danish Museum of Art & Design (Bredgade 68) and the Danish Architecture Center (Strandgade 27B). Then bike along the water out to Oliver's Garage (Kystvejen 24, Charlottenlund), an old gas station designed by Arne Jacobsen, a famous Danish architect.

From there, head to Jaegersborg Deer Park where there are hundreds of acres of land, forests and fields along with deer crashing antlers against each other. End up at Eremitage Palace, a gorgeous estate where the Danish king used to hunt.   Continued...

The landmark sculpture "Little Mermaid" is pictured next to the B&W Hallerne where the grand final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest will take part later on Saturday in Copenhagen May 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz