The World’s Best Airport Amenities

Beer Gardens, Butterflies, Golf, Museums, and Rides Take Off as Airports Compete for Passengers

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Airport library in Schiphol

Airport library in Schiphol

Not to be outdone, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, which competes with Schiphol for connecting traffic, has Espace Musées, open 365 days a year in Terminal 2E, with no admittance fee. The museum opened in 2012, and its mission is to promote French culture and arts, and counts as a partner the Musée Rodin.

Seoul Incheon Airport is home to the Korean Cultural Street, where visitors can sample local delicacies and enjoy traditional Korean culture and architecture.

Zürich Airport has the world’s longest attended lounge bar, in Swiss’ lounge in Dock B.  It also has one of the best outdoor observation decks with high tech gear such as the Airportscope, an electronic set of binoculars that superimposes flight information on whatever aircraft they are trained on, along with digital signage showing information where aircraft at the gate are flying to.

Zürich Airport's very long bar

Zürich Airport’s very long bar

Another great observation deck can be found at Munich Airport atop Terminal 2.  The open-air visitors terrace has great views of takeoffs and landings as well as movement on the tarmac.  Munich also has a separate park, the Munich Airport Visitors Park, with its own S-Bahn stop and no security checkpoints.  The park’s Viewing Hill is a great vantage point for takeoffs and landings as well as views of Terminal 1, the apron, and the ramp.

John F. Kennedy International Airport has an outdoor airport lounge, the Delta Sky Club in Terminal 4, which opened last year.  Known as the Sky Deck, Delta also has one at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Both feature an outdoor bar and seating areas with great views of airport operations.

In the wintertime, Munich Airport hosts a winter wonderland in the covered atrium between Terminals 1 and 2.  The Winter Market first started in 1999 and runs from the start of the Advent season through the end of the year.  It includes a Christmas market with more than 50 stalls that offer food and gifts as well as a variety of entertainment.  Included are dozens of performing groups that play an eclectic repertoire ranging from blues to jazz to holiday-themed music.  There’s also a large, free skating rink.   It’s truly something to behold with hundreds of pine trees and a 49-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree decorated with over 50,000 lights and 3,000 ornaments.

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