When you are travelling to the Netherlands, you will most likely arrive at its world famous airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This airport is located near the city and is actually one of the biggest airports in Europe. That’s quite an achievement for such a small country! Thousands of flights arrive and depart from the six runways each year, transporting millions of passengers. The airport is ever expanding. A fun fact is that the airport is actually over a hundred years old. It was established as a commercial airport in 1920, but had been a military airport since 1916. That makes it, besides being one of the biggest, also one of the oldest airports in the world. Isn’t that something? Are you traveling to Rotterdam The Hague Airport? We can help you as wel!
When your airplane lands near the Dutch capital, chances are you will be up for some exploring. What better way to do that than with a car rental from Amsterdam Airport? Right, there is none! On our website you can easily compare and book after choosing from the different car rental offers at the Amsterdam Airport or nearby, so that you will be able to start checking the boxes on your list of sights right away. To give you some inspiration, we have listed as much as possible about the airport, the locations you can visit and why they are so special. Are you ready?
When your stay is short but you want to explore Amsterdam and its surroundings, you might want to consider a hotel room at the airport. Especially when you have a very early flight, it is nice to have your bed as close to the terminal as possible so that you can squeeze in some extra hours of sleep. The following hotels will give you just that. Ranked by proximity, these are the ones:
Located directly after security in the transit area of Lounge 3, this hotel offers something unique. You can only stay here if you have a flight on your check out day. It is however available for overday or overnight stays. Perfect for when you have a lot of time to kill.
Similar to the Mercure in one way, remarkably unique in all others. At YOTELAIR you will find all the comforts of a first class fight fitted into a modern cabin. This is your hotel room, and it works like a charm for stays shorter than 24 hours.
The four-star Sheraton at Airport Schiphol is conveniently located, you can basically roll through the front door from the terminals. It is the nearest full-fledged hotel at the airport. The facilities are top notch and the rooms are well isolated. Combined with the Sweet Sleeper beds, you will surely leave here well rested.
This incredibly hip hotel has had quite a few enthusiastic designers run around before opening its doors. That shows. From the iMacs to the custom furniture and from the intricate lighting to the smart design, everything carries a technological flair. A very unique and refreshing experience.
Easily the fanciest hotel on our list. The brand new Hilton Hotel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a sight to behold. With interesting design choices and quality materials, as well as all the extra services and comforts you can imagine, your stay here will make you feel spoiled and pampered!
Places to go to from Schiphol
If you are staying for a little longer, there are many options for you to consider. You can take your rental car from Amsterdam Airport to many different places off the beaten path. There are many different towns nearby which you can easily reach by using a vehicle. Below are some of our top picks. If you have more time you can also visit The Hague or Rotterdam.
The Harlem district in New York owes its name to this town, but they look nothing alike. Sometimes dubbed little Amsterdam, Haarlem is a beautiful place rich in history. You can go shopping, visit some historical locations or just stroll around the historical city center. There are many different monuments, squares and fountains to admire. Haarlem is also the birthplace of the famous Dutch master painter Frans Hals and as such has a museum with many of his works on display.
This little town is quite famous for its cheese, which you can buy all over the world. Once per week during the summertime, there will be an old fashioned cheese market on the central town square. Men and women dressed in traditional clothing carry the cheeses with old fashioned tools to weigh and display them. A very special thing to see and a nice way to keep traditions alive. Should you not like cheese that much at all, there is plenty more to do in the picturesque town. You could visit Fort Edam for instance. It is located right outside the city center and used to be part of the Amsterdam Defense Line. It offers spectacular views and is even listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Don’t miss out.
This old harbor town features an eye opening look into the 17th century times of the Dutch East India Company. The many warehouses, the old harbor and the town center breathe the riches of the Dutch golden era and therefore all look beautiful. You can almost smell the ships arriving with fresh herbs and spices from the far east!
Yet another cheese city, of which the Netherlands has quite a few. The Dutch sure love their dairy. This historical town is very photogenic and also boasts a few interesting museums. There is the Beermuseum, the Cheese Museum and last but not least, the Beatles museum. That last one is entirely dedicated to the ‘Fab four’. It all started with a single Beatles record, its owner Azing Moltmaker and his living room. From there on it grew and grew to the now largest privately owned Beatles collection on display, worldwide!
Things to do in Amsterdam
Sure there are plenty of pretty towns and interesting places to visit in the region around Amsterdam, but if you haven’t seen the capital itself yet you will most likely be aching to. Take your car rental from Amsterdam Airport to the famous city and enjoy everything it has to offer. We have made a short list of interesting sights which might not come up first usually, but are extremely interesting and fun to visit. Find them here.
During the 1600s the black plague swept through Europe, claiming thousands upon thousands of lives. Unfortunately it did not spare the Netherlands and Amsterdam. For this reason the Hortus Botanicus was established in 1638. Because of the increase in population, there were far too few monasteries that grew herbs for medicinal use. With this new botanical garden the production of these herbs and plants got back up to speed. Subsequently, the Dutch East India company took many different rare exotic plants back from their travels which made the Hortus Botanicus become a place of mystery and marvel. It currently houses a 2000 year old agave cactus dating back to the time of the Romans, as well as the Victoria Amazonica. That is a water lily over 150 years old! You can visit the Hortus Botanicus throughout the year and should surely consider doing so. If you like plants, this will be heaven for you.
This library holds one of the largest and oldest collections of art history in the Netherlands, and has a mesmerizing reading room to boot. In its shelves are thousands of books that provide a colorful backdrop to which you can read and study the vast amount of history stored in this place. The reading room is open to all visitors and very much worth your time.
Our Lord in the Attic
In the 17th century, Catholics were prosecuted in the Netherlands. It became impossible to hold mass in public, so Jan Hartmann decided to give up the attic of his home in order to create a church for his fellow devout papists. Through a secret door hidden away inside the house, they could all follow a narrow winding staircase to the attic. There was room for 150 people and the church itself, invisible from the outside, is decorated in the brilliantly lavish Dutch classical style of that time. The secret church became a museum in 1888, but still holds services regularly as it has for the past 400 years.
Museum of Bags and Purses
A rather quirky and specific theme for a museum, but very interesting nonetheless. The Museum of Bags and Purses has acquired the world’s largest collection of suitcases, purses, satchels, bags and coffers. Included among those are for instance the handbag of Margaret Thatcher, as well as the Versace purse that Madonna carried when she attended the première of Evita. Some of the purses are hundreds of years old while others are encrusted with hundreds of Swarovski diamonds. Not your average bags and purses, that’s for sure.
A well known sight is the regular Trippenhuis. Created for the two brothers Trip who made a fortune trading in arms, it is the widest building by the canals in the entirety of Amsterdam. Right across the canal is the small version, the kleine Trippenhuis. The story goes that this house was built after the brothers Trip overheard their chariot driver say that he would be able to die a happy man if his house was only as wide as the Trippenhuis’ front door. When the kleine Trippenhuis was built it became the most narrow building by the canals. This legend has been debunked, but it is a great story! The bottom part is a shop, so you can spend a few minutes inside and wonder how one would live in such a narrow space.
Museum of tropics
This is the justly self-proclaimed museum of world cultures. Originally created to display the art and attributes of former Dutch colonies, now it hosts different exhibitions about countries and cultures all over the world. If you visit any time soon, you might be able to see the current Cool Japan exhibition for instance. The exhibitions are in constant flux and change throughout the year, but are always interesting and open your eyes to new and unexpected learnings.
Get your rental car and explore from Amsterdam Airport
As you have probably read by now, there is a lot to do and see in and around Amsterdam. Whether you love the outdoors, museums or just interesting history and activities, it offers everything and more you could ever ask for. The best way to experience as much of it as is humanly possible is with a car. That is why we offer our service to help you select the best car rental Amsterdam Airport. Simply use the parameters on the tool to select those things that matter to you and we will find the perfect car rental at Amsterdam Schiphol for you! That way, when you arrive, you can come out of airport security and basically zip off to all the goodness in your rental car right away.