Amsterdam city is considered to be the sparkling jewel of the Netherlands and it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. In fact, Amsterdam Holland is the fourth most visited destination on the continent, coming in just behind the cities of Paris, London and Rome. This also means that the Amsterdam Schiphol airport is also one of the busiest airports in Europe and the world.
The most interesting thing about the Amsterdam’s airport is that it is actually considered to be a miniature, self-contained city. All of the facilities, necessities, entertainment, and conveniences that a person would expect to enjoy in this modern day and age can be found in this airport, which handles all of the flights to Amsterdam. Some people consider Schiphol to be a small, replica version of the Amsterdam lifestyle, even down to the liberal and relaxed attitudes about prostitution and “soft drugs.”
Many people are pleasantly surprised to discover that the Amsterdam Schiphol airport is a terrific place where one can find fabulous gourmet meals, as well as refined, trendy, yet comfortable hot spots for drinks and a bit of night life, or to relax and enjoy quiet conversation with friends. Also found within the Amsterdam airport are a variety of excellent stores that provide the travelers with plenty of shopping treasures to discover.
And, while the flights to Amsterdam and leaving Amsterdam are in a constant state of coming and going and landing and taking off, many people find such a hubbub of activity oddly relaxing and even entertaining and they enjoy settling in to watch this small city in motion. Those who enjoy taking a ride with lady luck will even have access to the Schiphol airport casino where they can pass the time in hopes of striking a jackpot that might pay for their Amsterdam travel.
One of the most popular areas within the Amsterdam airport is the “the Palace,” located in the Departure Lounge One. It features the refined and elegant “Grande Cafe” and the very popular, friendly, and cheerful Mediterranean Sandwich Bar. Both are decked out in a style that pays homage to historical styles that were influenced by Dutch and British cultures of several decades ago. These two eateries are bright and spacious, yet are set up in a way that helps to make the time passed there, while waiting for a flight, very pleasurable and comfortable.
The Schiphol airport is also a surprising place to encounter many wonderful and well-known works of art. The Rijksmuseum is actually a real, functioning museum that has been built right within this amazing Amsterdam airport. It is on Holland Boulevard, and is located between the E and F piers and it regularly displays some of the great masterpieces, by the likes of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and many contemporary artists as well. The best part of this unique airport feature is that it is completely free to the public.
A trip to Amsterdam would not be complete without having your share of unique gifts to share with those waiting for your return home. The Amsterdam Schiphol has plenty of engaging gift shops that are sprinkled throughout the three Departure Lounges. You can always pick up one last gift and grab that special item of delftware that will help bring your Amsterdam travel back to life for you.