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Amsterdam Shiphol Airport, Holland Boulevard Relaxation
Holland Boulevard relaxation (Photo courtesy of Schiphol Airport)

Dutch culture on display at Schiphol Airport’s renovated Holland Boulevard

The newly renovated Holland Boulevard, in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, could offer travellers a nice respite from a long layover. Unveiled last week after a major overhaul, Holland Boulevard is an open space that gives travellers a taste of Dutch culture – without leaving the airport.

As a major international airport, long-haul flights take off for and land from several continents at all hours of the day. That means that many travellers at Schiphol spend significant time here, between connections. And while super-efficient public transit makes it easy to reach Amsterdam for a half-day or overnight excursion, sometimes you don’t feel like going anywhere. Still, you may want to escape the airport vibes for bit.

The space is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light, breaking up some of the airport lighting. The space is intended to help travellers discover parts of Dutch culture in a relaxing manner.

Here are the highlights:

  • The Rijksmuseum Annex is an extension of the world-famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The airport annex provides an overview of 17th century Dutch paintings. Perhaps more importantly, the space truly feels like a proper museum, which means you may forget you’re in an airport for a bit.
  • The Airport Library features hundreds of books by Dutch authors, translated into more than 40 languages. There’s comfortable seating and touchscreens that show off Dutch culture
  • The NEMO Science Museum features interactive exhibits on science and technology. A couple oversized stuffed animals are perfect for kids who just need to run off some energy.

Open 24-hours, the space is located after security, between Departure Lounges 2 and 3. Holland Boulevard also has some things you’d expect from an airport: a transfers desk, a few shops and dining options, and a spa.

Have you spent time at Holland Boulevard? Let us know what you think.

Article by Christina Kidd