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    Transfer Area

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Schiphol Transfer Area
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    Favorite thing: Schiphol has a nice wide transfer area connecting departures/arrivals 1 (Schengen area) and departures/arrivals 2 & 3 (International area).

    You'll find shops, bars & restaurants, casino, banks, information, transfer desks and lounges in the area.

    List of bars/restaurants:
    Balcony Bar
    Boulangerie Paul
    The Brasserie
    Bubbles Seafood & wine bar
    Burger King
    Café Amsterdam
    Café Chocolat
    Café Elipse
    Casino Bar
    Coffee Bar
    Color Café
    Cone Bar
    Dakota`s Café and Bar
    Deli-Holland Boulevard
    Espresso bar
    Galaxy Bar
    Grabandfly
    Grand Café Het Paleis
    Hot Wox
    Ice cream
    Juicy Details
    McDonald`s
    Mediterranean Sandwich Bar
    Murphy`s Irish pub
    Nautilus Café
    Network Bar
    New Destinations
    Noodle restaurant
    Restaurant In de Bontekoe
    Rotisserie
    Pier 01
    Sbarro Pizza and Pasta
    Segafredo Coffee bar
    Starbucks
    Sushi Bar
    Touch Down Restaurant

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    NS Highspeed lounge

    by pieter_jan_v Written Sep 21, 2012

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    NS Hi-Speed lounge - Schiphol Airport

    Favorite thing: For passengers of the Dutch Railways NS Highspeed trains there is a small lounge at the Schiphol Plaza in between the shopping corridor.

    More information.

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    Arrival Area's

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Schiphol Arrivals
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    Favorite thing: The Arrival Areas are at ground level. When entering Schiphol from your plane you walk from the gate through one of the so called "Piers" [B-G]. At the end you have to go down the stairs, go through imigration, baggage claim and customs.

    From here you go to the shopping area called "Schiphol Plaza" where you find:
    - Train Tickets counters
    - Car rental company counters
    - The red/wite MEETING POINT cube

    Outside the Schiphol Plaza you'll find:
    - Taxi's
    - Public Trabsportation buses
    - Hotel shuttle mini vans

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    AIRPORT INFO - Help yourself

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 30, 2009

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    DIY information display
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    Favorite thing: Schiphol has dedicated information computers in operation.

    Furthermore the Airport is known for its easy to follow signs throughout the terminal building.

    Local area map displays are available at many places in the building.

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    Children's Play Area: Kids Forest

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 29, 2011

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    Kids Forest - Schiphol
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    Favorite thing: Schiphol has as one of the few airports a special area where children can play. There is a firm glass wall at one side, so you can watch your children while having some coffee at the bar next door.

    The play areas are open daily from 6 AM till 10 PM hours. They are located between piers E and F. There is no supervision, you are responsible for the safety of your child yourself

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    MEETING POINT

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 1, 2009

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    Schiphol meeting point
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    Favorite thing: The clear RED/WHITE BLOCKED MEETING POINT in the Plaza area.

    The meeting point is the most pratical point to meet. All 3 arrival halls lead to the central Schiphol Plaza area where the cube is located.

    In fact the cube is a piece of art called CODA by artist Dennis Adams (1995).

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    Arrival / Departure times

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    Schiphol Plaza: Arrival/Departure times
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    Arrival Times (0-12 hr)
    Arrival Times (12-24 hr)

    Arrivals from www.schiphol.nl

    Departure Times (0-12 hr)
    Departure Times (12-24 hr)

    Departures from www.schiphol.nl

    Airport News (in Dutch)

    Inside the airport there are multiple monitor stations with on-line info.

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    Internet at the first floor

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Internet center at Lounge 2
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    Favorite thing: There is a quiet corner at the Communication Center located at the first floor in the transfer area-Lounge 2, where you can use the Internet.

    Throughout the Airport there's WiFi Internet available, so you also can communicate by wireless over the Internet from your own laptop.

    At the Schiphol Plaza there are some Internet terminals close the the Meeting point cube, but at rediculous rates.

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    Welcome Intercom

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 26, 2011

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    Welcome Intercom; Schiphol
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    Favorite thing: The baggage claim area is partly seperated from the public Schiphol Plaza area by a glass wall. To enable friends and family to communicate with arriving love ones waiting for their suitcases there are Welcome Intercoms.

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    Arrival: out in the open, airport Schiphol

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 24, 2003

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    From gate to the Plaza, signs are loud and clear

    Favorite thing: Finally you will enter real Dutch territory leaving the "international ground" through maingate 1, 2 or 3. Hopefully you are picked up by a friend or familymember. But if not ... don't be nervous ... The Netherlands is a very easy going country and (almost) everything is regulated. Behind the maingate, you will be in the commercial area of the airport. Shops of all kinds (but especially connected with travel or tourism) are surrounding you. Walk to the Plaza in the centre of the building (from maingate 1 this is to the right, from maingate 3 it's going to the left. Here are also all "next-step" services: train, busses, taxi etc. About them I tell you in the transport-tips.

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    Arrival: passport-control and luggage-retrieval

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    Luggage in Schiphol is handled fast and properly

    Favorite thing: After a walk (or slide on rollerbands) of a few minutes, a passport-control will appear (only for non-EC citizens). Most customservice employees (in The Netherlands members of the military police) are friendly but strict. The passport-control is often at the end of the pier, after which one will be arriving in one of the three main luggage-departments. Here are several rollerbands, bringing the luggage in. On telescreens above the bands, as well as on central points, the flightnumber and origin are named of the luggage that will appear on the band. Often only a few minutes after getting to the right band, the luggage starts rolling in. Luggage-trolleys are more then enough available and free. No annoying guys pulling on your suitecase here to carry and ask for money later.
    Having retrieved your luggage you have a last check at custom-service. Here they will (often) only ask you if you have any goods to declare. If not ... then the final step ...

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    Departure: getting there

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    Telescreens showing arrivals and departures

    Favorite thing: Leaving The Netherlands by Schiphol will start with going to the airport. By car it goes fast and efficient, although the parking guiding system is somewhat confusing as for the many enormous parkinghouses in and around the airport. For passengers that leave the car for long terms, the parking is far away from the terminal. A fully automated (no chauffeur) little bus will drive you to the main building.
    Arriving by train will be underneath the airport (it can't be more easy).
    Taxi's and busses drop you off at the central square in front of Schiphol Plaza.
    In all cases luggage-trolleys are immediately available and always there in masses.
    This time you have to be on the upperlevel of the airport. When there you can find on one of the many telescreen-blocks, where your fight (number and destination) are checked in (counter number). Now you have to get in line at one of the, more then, 30 counters. Roughly, there are 8 counters right of the maingroup of 14 counters in the middle (KLM desks as well). On the other side are the other counters, which are also the ones with higher security!

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    Dutch Aviation Pioneers

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 26, 2011

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    J. Block, M. Schr��der, A. Plesman & P. Legro

    Favorite thing: In the Schiphol Plaza the statues of four Dutch aviation pioneers are located next to each other. Have a look at:
    -John Block; co-founder of Martinair and founder of Transavia & Air Holland.
    -Martin Schröder; founder of Martinair
    -Albert Plesman; Dutch aviation pioneer and founder of KLM
    -Peter Legro; founder of Transavia

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    Arrival: descending and docking

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 24, 2003

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    Complicated but necessary, a map of Schiphol

    Favorite thing: In Schiphol all planes land on one of the four (soon five) landingstrips. When using some of them you have an excellent view over Amsterdam, others provide scenery like the coastline or - in the right season - the famous flowerfields.
    After touchdown the plane will role to one of the six piers and dock on one of the many piers. The piers are coded by letters "A" to "G" and run from South to North upwards. On the piers one has on either side gates, numbered with numbers.
    When the plane is locked on the "slurf" (litteraly translated "trunk" like the ones elephants have) the passangers will disembark and enter Dutch territory. All piers lead to the main building in the middle of construction that looks likes a six-legged octopus (the other two will no doubt appear in the future (see the map).
    Now most important to understand the structure of Schiphol fast is this:
    The airport is built in two main-levels. The upperlevel for departures and the lowerlevel for arrivals.

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    Schiphol maps

    by ATLC Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    Favorite thing: You can download and print maps of Schiphol airport so that you will be better prepared:
    http://www.schiphol.nl/Travellers/AtSchiphol/Maps.htm

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