The Schiphol Panorma Terrace is great place to spend some time with children and watch all the activities on the platforms below. The terrace stretches over most of the terminal building roof at the platform side, so there always is room enough.
Expect some school classes visiting and the sounds and smells of airplanes are obvious.
2011 Update: A Fokker 100 aeroplane is placed on the terrace to serve as an aviation experience.
Winter: 9AM - 5PM
Summer: 7AM - 8PM
The National Airport Museum at Schiphol is closed and moved to the local Lelystad Airport. The new name = AVIODROME.
The former dome will be moved and transformed into a church.
2011 Update: The Aviodrome t Lelystad closed at theend of 2011.
Schiphol has grown into a world on its own. At first Schiphol is the well-known airport for business, pleasure and even for fun.
Around the Schiphol traffic-tower (one of the highest of the world and completed in 1991) the Schiphol area turned into an international airport with thousands and thousands passengers a day.
You can reach Schiphol by train, car and others (highway A4 - A9).
The Schiphol Plaza is very popular for day-tourists where you can find all kind of shops and small restaurants. The "tax free" shops (See Buy Fly) you only can reach with a boarding pass.
See a very nice link about Schiphol
I find all airports mind numbingly boring. They are usually expensive and as there is more often than not no way of escaping the high prices they really have got you by the balls. Thankfully Schipol Airport have come up with a brilliant idea of putting an annexe of the excellent Rijksmuseum in the airport departure lounge. Now there is something that you can do to kill time rather than while away and your money at the airport bar.
They seem to change there their exhibits every few months or so. I have been lucky enough to go away for a couple of weeks and on my return during transit have found a completely new set of exhibits.
The Museum shop below sells some nice little trinkets such as Vermeer prints.
This is what is all about ...
People watching the aircraft leaving Schiphol and taking off into airspace.
The so-called plane-spotters!
Why people get so fascinated to watch rising aircrafts is not known.
It just is ... for a lot of reasons I guess ...
Mine is to feel the emotions of leaving the place wherever,
maybe of your parents, maybe of your love ...
Maybe the emotion of saying "goodbye" and fly away ...
General information about Schiphol airport
Schiphol is a huge modern busy airport, well designed, with an enormous public roof terrace. Here you can spend time in the fresh air watching planes to your heart's content. Especially the blue and white KLM jets - there are plenty of them!!
The "Panorama Terrace" really is vast, L-shaped, at a guess I would say each 'leg' is about 100 metres long. There are telescopes for public use. And two 'Heineken' bars. And at the far south corner there is an unusual triangular lift which takes you back into the main building.
The only advice I would give is do not spend too much time there or, like me, you might almost miss your plane!!
If you - like me - like watching planes you have to visit Schiphol's Panorama Platform. It's not as good as other platforms I've been to because you are far away from the planes on the runway. But it's free (unlike the other platforms I know ;) and you can have a look at a lot of Jumbo Jets here. Which you can't at the other platforms I have been to ;-)
Tip for people that want to catch a glimps of Holland when waiting to get onto a connecting flight. Offers:
Amsterdam (2 1/2 hours at 35 euro)
Amsterdam incl. canalboat (3 1/2 hours at 45 euro)
Evening in Amsterdam (3 hours at 45 euro)
Volendam and Marken (fishermens' villages 3 1/2 hours at 45 euro)
Delft (historical town) and Madurodam (miniature Holland) 4 hours at 50 euro
Zaansche Schans (Windmills, clogs and cheese) 3 1/2 hours at 45 euro
Keukenhof (only in April and May) 4 hours at 50 euro
Do you have a couple of hours to spare, are you waiting for you loved ones to arrive or are you a spotter? Why not kill a few minutes on the panorama deck. From here you get a great view over the starting lanes of the airport. With some 1100 flights every day, you're bound to see dozens of planes. Opening hours are from 9 to 5 in winter and from 7 to 8 in summer. You can get to deck on thr route between arrivals 1 & to and arrivals 3.
Schiphol has a very nice panorama-terrace, from where you can see the airplanes land and take off. From the roof of the mainbuilding you can see how the iron birds dock on the piers and bring new people from everywhere to The Netherlands or transport Dutch to their holdiay-destinations. Also an ideal place to catch the first glimps of a friend or familymember coming to you ... or waving a looved one goodbye ... until he/she returns.
Some of the paintings from the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum are on display at Schiphol branch.
Open from 7AM to 8PM.