Amsterdams Schiphol Airport has long been one of our favorites (it made the cut in our Top 10 Airports for Shopping and our Top 10 Airports Worth the Layover lists), and yesterday it opened yet another ingenious amenity: an indoor-outdoor park.
Located after security in Lounge 1, the Airport Park a lounge area stocked with eateries and seating areas for passengers convincingly replicates an urban park. Inside, travelers can lounge on park benches and chairs upholstered with ivy, as projections of butterflies and a soundtrack of animals, bicycle bells, and playing children simulate a sunny afternoon outside. Outside, a small, Astroturf-paved terrace lets jet-lagged travelers soak up proper sunshine.
Appropriately, the entire operation has an eco-friendly theme. Travelers may charge cell phones via bikes that generate their own power; the park uses LED lighting as much as possible; and fair trade coffee, fresh juices, and hamburgers on organic buns are for sale at the Park Café.