According to the airport, the new-look boulevard – the public area between Departure Lounges 2 and 3 – has been developed “to meet the needs of passengers wishing to step out of the travel process for a while”.
The airport insists that the new transparent design gives visitors a clearer view of the entire area and its offerings.
“Large areas of glass and low walls create a fresh, open feel. Passengers can spend time with friends and family, enjoy a spa treatment and work or shop in comfort in this area,” it says.
“A traveller wanting to read can visit the new Airport Library, with around 500 books by well-known Dutch authors, translated into more than 40 languages as a literary calling card for foreign travellers.
“In addition to its books, the Airport Library has touchscreens showing the best of Dutch culture."
It adds that the renovated Rijksmuseum annex also gives the traveller the perfect place to “step out of the travel process”.
The current exhibition introduces visitors to 17th-century Dutch painting.
“It is a varied overview, with portrait, still life, landscape and seascape as genres,” promises Amsterdam Schiphol.
The selection consists of a Delft Blue tiled tableau and ten paintings representing typical Dutch narrative themes from the Golden Age, such as flat lowlands, water and sea, floral magnificence and wealthy citizens.
Elsewhere, other works of art include ‘10,800 Horizons’ by Samira Boon, which pays reference to the region’s polder landscape as well as the “floral magnificence of the House of Tulips shop”.
Amsterdam Schiphol believes that The NEMO Science Museum challenges everyone, young and old, to discover how fascinating and relevant science and technology are. Two gigantic cuddly toys, designed by artist Florentijn Hofman, are among its exhibits.
Tanja Dik, Schiphol’s director of consumer products and services, says “Holland Boulevard is a place for you to stretch your legs after a flight, go wandering amongst the Dutch masters, curl up with a good book on a comfortable settee, enjoy a fellow passenger’s piano playing or to enjoy attractive shops and restaurants.”