Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Evert v/d Beekstraat 202, Amsterdam, Netherlands
www.schiphol.nl - 0900-0141 Eur 0,40 p/m
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport Reviews
No chance to get bored! Apr 12, 2013
I spent about 5 hours in transit at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in February on the way to and back from South America. I originally intended to take the train into Amsterdam but ended up spending the whole time there because of bad weather during the 1st transit and because I just wanted to relax during the 2nd transit after a hectic 3 week trip through South America. Indeed the lounges had everything to keep me occupied for those few hours and I hardly noticed that 5 hours had gone by before it was time to go to the departure hall.
I have been to Amsterdam a few times (many years ago), but I never spent as much time in transit at the airport. Besides the usual souvenir shops, cafes and a well stocked cheese counter, the mini Rijksmuseum is worth a browse to get a taste of some of the well known art you can see if you have more time to spend in Amsterdam itself.
As I wandered around through Terminal U on the upper level, I found a very serene meditation room with some people using it as a prayer room as well. Another form of relaxation you can opt for is one of the many spa stops which were well patronized when I was there. However, coming from Asia where the massages are quite cheap, a 30 minute foot massage at 45Euros is just a bit too steep for me.
At Holland Boulevard where you can sit down for a cup of coffee, there is a grand piano nearby waiting to be played just outside the museum shop. I was lucky enough to be there when someone was playing, and on top of that he was no amateur.
There is also a mini Bols Genever museum a few steps away near a counter selling tulip souvenirs. You can learn about the making of this famous gin through the exhibits and you can also learn how to make Bols cocktails from a virtual bartender.
Of course you can also surf your time away with 'premium' internet which I thought did not live up to its name. At 3 Euros for 15 minutes which comes with a rather slow connection, I would rather wait till the next wifi equipped cafe which is usually free of charge to check my mails and messages.
If you have at least half a day to spare, taking a short excursion through Amsterdam would be worthwhile. This can be arranged at a designated counter for a reasonable cost, in the transit lounge.
There is also a reference library near the museum shop where you can leaf through colorful books about Holland, or just read your own book whilst waiting.
All in all it was the best airport layover I can remember having, and the proof is that the 5 hours felt like 1 hour spent!
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My favorite airport Aug 27, 2011
As far as airports go, I'm not sure it gets much better than this one. The reason this airport is worth a review by itself is because it has so much available. There is a ton of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and of course plenty of massage chairs. If you're on a layover for a few hours, the airport can arrange for you to go on a quick sightseeing tour of Amsterdam and get you back in time for your connecting flight. There are also showers for you to freshen up, and an awesome meditation room that welcomes individuals of all religious affiliations to come pray/meditate/sit quietly as long as you want. And if you need it, there are chaplains to talk to about what troubles you. Happy flying!
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Little country BIG airport Jan 31, 2009
Amsterdam Airport is the main international Airport in the Netherlands and located about 20 miles from Amsterdam Centre. You can reach the airport by Car, Bus or train. There also enough taxis taking you from Amsterdam centre to the airport.`
Schiphol is geographiclly the world's lowest major commercial airport.
Schiphol is the home base of KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), Arkefly, Martinair and Transavia.com, and a hub for Northwest Airlines in cooperation with KLM. KlM is the oldest airline in the world.
Schiphol is deploying a one terminal concept, where all facilities are located under one single roof. The areas though, are divided into three sections or halls: 1, 2 and 3. To all of these halls, piers or concourses are connected. However, it is possible, on both sides of security or customs, to walk from one pier to another, even if they are connected to different halls. The exception to this is the low-cost pier M: once you are airside (i.e. you passed security), you cannot go to any of the other halls or piers. When changing between Schengen and non-Schengen areas, there is immigration control.
Piers B and C are dedicated Schengen areas. Pier E, F and G are dedicated non-Schengen areas. Piers D and H/M are mixed piers, using the same gate positions for Schengen and non-Schengen flights.
Pier D has two floor levels. The lower floor is used for non-Schengen flights, the upper floor is used for Schengen flights. By using stairs, the same jetways are used to access the aircraft. Schengen gates are numbered D-59 and up, non-Schengen gates are numbered from D-1 to D-59.
Piers H and M, the low-cost pier, share the same construction. Here, the H-gates are non-Schengen gates, the M-gates are Schengen gates. Both areas are on the same level.
Last year Schiphol lost alot passengers because of the flying tax the goverment has introduced. Alot passengers divert to German airports.
SEE YA at Amsterdam airport.
Part of the list 5 airports i have flown from
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