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    Airport Library

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 22, 2010

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    Favorite thing: De Airport Library is the first library in the world housed at an airport.

    Books and music can be downloaded on IPads. Classic books are available to read at the spot, not to take away.

    All in all, this in a nice spot to relax and sniff at the Dutch culture.

    Location: Holland Boulevard in the tranfer area.

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    A big splash of green in a hostile world

    by aaaarrgh Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you have any interest in 'green' or ecological building then Schiphol Airport is quite interesting. Above the concourse to the railway station is a massive, curved grass roof.

    I wrote a dissertation at college on 'green roofs'. Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands have lots of them. They help make the building blend in with the surroundings, create a home for wildlife, humidify the air, absorb rainwater, insulate and protect the building.

    The large planted roof at Schiphol was created in 1998. It is actully not grass, but sedum (succulent plants) and moss, on a thin layer of special growing matter. It was installed by a German firm, Strodhoff & Behrens Begruennungs GmbH.

    Of course, this roof does very little to combat the major problem of noise, carbon emissions and other pollution that the 1000's of aircraft create every week. In that sense, it is more a public relations exercise by the airport, than a serious contribution to saving our planet.

    But all the same, I personally think it looks much nicer than a great expanse of metal roof!!

    Fondest memory: Actually I found the best way to see the green roof is to walk out of the front doors of the airport to the drop-off point. It is quite difficult to see form above - you can look out of the first floor windows on the way to Departures. Also, you can get a fair view from the far south corner of the Panorama Terrace, near the triangular lift.

    grass and sedum roof viewd from panorama terrace
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  • Schiphol Airport

    by sabsi Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Schiphol Airport is one of the nicest airports I know. It's one of the biggest in Europe but still it doesn't feel too big. I almost missed a flight here because the duty free shopping area was too nice.

    Train connections to and from Schiphol airport are excellent from almost everywhere in the Netherlands and also from Germany and Belgium.

    If you need more information I can recommend the official website of the airport (http://www.schiphol.nl) as well as pieter_jan_v's excellent Schiphol page (http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2f01c/6fbd0)

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    Holland Tourist Information

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 17, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Dutch Tourist Board has an office/shop at the Schiphol Plaza area at Schiphol Airport, Aankomsthal 2 (Arrivals 2) and is open from 7AM to 10PM.

    The number one question is accommodation at Amsterdam, but the people will help you with all other questions.

    Telephone: 0900 4004040.

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    Holland Tourist Information
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    Cash Dispenser - ATM - Cash Machine

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 1, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Money is always one of the first things you need when arriving abroad.

    Cash Dispenser of the ABN-AMRO bank are available in the transfer area - lounge 2

    In the transfer area and the luggage claim area there's an ABN-AMRO bank and furtheron there are many Cash Machines (ATM).

    Cash dispenser Schiphol - Cash Machine/ATM ABN AMRO bank at the transfer area ATM (Cash Machine) at the Schiphol Plaza
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    Baggage Claim

    by pieter_jan_v Written May 29, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The bagage claim area is located in the center of the Arrival part of the terminal.

    On your way you will pass immigration/passport control and bathroom facilities.

    There are many bagage belt, so look at the information displays with belt will serve your flight number.

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    Luggage Lockers

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: You can store your luggage in a luggage locker for up to 168 hours (7 days).
    Charges for luggage lockers depend on the duration of use and the size of your luggage:
    EUR 5.00 per 24 hours (small)
    EUR 6.00 per 24 hours (medium)
    EUR 8.00 per 24 hours (large)
    EUR 10.00 per 24 hours (extra large)

    If you loose your ticket you will be charged EUR 10.00.

    Locations:
    Lounge 1
    Lounge 2
    Lounge 3
    Lounge D-pier
    Arrivals 3
    Kelderplein (Basement)

    Luggage Locker Luggage Locker Lounge 2 Luggage Locker Arrivals 3 Luggage Locker - Schiphol
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    Luggage Depot

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: In the luggage depot you can store your luggage for up to 1 month.

    Opening times: 6AM - 10.45PM (assistance by phone available outside these hours ).

    Location: Basement between Arrivels 1 & 2.

    Tarifs
    EUR 6,00 for 24 hours or less.
    EUR 4,50 per collo per 24 uur day 2 through 5.
    EUR 4,00 from day 6.

    Phone: +31-20-6012443

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    Departure Area's

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Departure Area's are at the fist floor. When entering the terminal building you have to go up one floor and find your check-in counter (see departure information TV-monitors). Thereafter you go through imigration and enter the tax-free shopping area.

    Departures 1 & 2 are mostly used for International flights; departures 3 for budget airlines.

    Schiphol Departures Check-in and Bagage drop off information display Schiphol departures Wishing you a good flight
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    Transfer - DIY

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Schiphol is the first Airport with Do-It-Yourself user friendly transfer machines called Self Service Transfer Kiosks.

    The machines are located at the end of each Pier.

    In a step-by-step procedure you can print your own boarding pass for your connecting flight.

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    AIRPORT INFO

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing: There are Airport info stands at several places, both at the transfer and at the Schiphol Plaza areas.

    Furthermore you can pick up flyers with an airport map and the latest info almost everywhere.

    Schiphol Airport website
    Schiphol startpage (Dutch)

    Schiphol Weather or Schiphol Weather Forecast.

    Airport Info Where to go at Schiphol? To the lounches at the first floor From Arrival 3 to Schiphol Plaza Airport Information in the Transfer Area
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    Schiphol in 1995…

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I spent a week in Schiphol in November-December of 1995 when I was on business in KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines).
    Schiphol is considered to be an Airport City and it was very convenient to accommodate and live there because the airport itself and KLM where the main purposes of my trip were located.

    I was lucky to arrive in Schiphol two times in November of 1995 (once it was a transit airport from Moscow on the way to Berlin, and the second time when I arrived from Paris). When my business trip was over I left Europe from Schiphol and came back to Moscow in December of 1995. Then it was the best airport and the best airline I had ever seen before. I well remember their staff I met and all their facilities they had shown to me. It was a very useful business trip and I'm glad to share my opinion with all passengers who used to come to Schiphol.

    You can watch my 3 min 02 sec Video Amsterdam Schiphol Airport out of my Youtube channel.

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    Creative Packing

    by aaaarrgh Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: These two sturdy gentlemen were caught trying to smuggle themselves into the country as hand-luggage!!!

    OK, I lied again.

    There are several large objects of public art, of various kinds, around the airport. And a small extension of the Rijksmuseum, if you have the time. The two bronze sculptures (pictured) are good fun and great as seats for weary travellers. You can find them on the route to/from Gate D.

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    Schiphol in 2011…

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Last time I was in Schiphol when in transit on the way from Mexico City to Moscow in February of 2011. I spent there 4 hours without leaving the airport because I hadn’t Schengen visa. It was a great sorrow for me because I hadn’t any possibility to go Amsterdam and revisit its sightseeing though I had enough time for an excursion… I knew that it took only 15 minutes to get to the Amsterdam Central station by train... But I couldn't.
    Spending four hours in the airport I could appreciate all the great changes that happened in the airport since 1995 recalling how it looked like 16 years ago.

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    The Piers and Gates

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Schiphol has one terminal with the B, C, split-D, E, F, G and H piers.

    The B pier (and a part of the D pier) is used for charter flights and Schengen flights.

    The F pier is used for the biggest planes.

    The G- and H piers (with limited facilities) are used by low cost carriers.

    Moving walkways limit the need for walking (which can be up to 15 minutes otherwise).

    Most plane boarding is by covered sky walks (aka slurf) directly to the plane entrance door(s).

    Buses to planes on the platform are only used in very rare occasions or for very small aircraft.

    Each gate has its own security check facilities, but that will be changed into a central security facility.

    A new A-pier is scheduled to be build.

    Gates layout

    Schiphol Pier E pier moving walkway - Schiphol Transavia plane at the Schiphol Airport Pier locations G-Pier - Schiphol
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