June 24, 2011

Amsterdam | Schiphol Airport Park

latimes.comHere's a breath of fresh air for people flying through Amsterdam: a new park-like space at the city’s Schiphol Airport, where travelers waiting for takeoff can sit at picnic tables amid real and fake plants, listen to birds sing and grab organic snacks.

The park features picture displays of parks around the world, projects images of butterflies onto walls and floors and pipes in recorded sounds of birds chirping and children playing.

Fake tree stumps resting on the ground can be used as benches and there is even a real trunk of a 130-year-old copper beech tree.

At the Park Cafe, travelers can buy organic sandwiches and fair-trade coffee to eat at picnic tables arranged in the park. Then they can work off the calories and recharge their cellphones by pedaling stationary bicycles that generate electricity.

For travelers who want to get outside, there is an outdoor terrace.

The airport also has a casino, massages, oxygen bar, shower rooms, meditation center, an XpressSpa and a Hotel Yotel for a napping.

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