Winter art exhibit at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has a lot going for it.

Besides being just 20 minutes from downtown Amsterdam, the airport is just a fun place to hang around.

Amsterdan Schiphol play area for kids

There are really fun play areas for kids, a casino for adults, a short-stay Yotel hotel perfect for napping and refreshing up, lounge chairs, a library and some really great artwork.

The airport is also home to a branch of Amsterdam’s infamous Rijksmuseum.

Loocated on Holland Boulevard, post-security, between Piers E and F, the museum is open every day and there is no admission fee charged.

The museum has a permanent exhibition of ten works by Dutch masters of the Golden Age as well as temporary exhibitions that change several times a year.

The current special exhibition, ‘Dutch Winters,’ will be up through March 2011.

Isaac Israëls, Two Girls in the Snow, ca. 1890-94

Tidbits for travelers: art & massages at Schiphol, more music in Austin

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has more than 100 shops, an equal number of cafes, pubs and restaurants, casinos, a Yotel, a great art collection and a branch of the Rijksmuseum that’s currently showing the Sunny Skies exhibition, featuring nine works by Dutch 17th century landscape artists inspired by the Italian landscape.

Speaking of inspiration, Schiphol’s Cone Bar, in Lounge 2 (post-security) recently installed these specially-designed Massage-O-Matic (MOM) chairs that offer eight minutes of privacy and Shiatsu massage for about $5.50.

More music at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

If you’re heading to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival, don’t rush out of the airport when you land.  The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers live music in the terminal year-round, but during the SXSW festival, the airport is an official showcase venue. And since you can’t spit in Austin without hitting a Grammy-winner, it’s a sure bet that even if you haven’t heard of the band, you’ll enjoy one of the free shows.

The airport’s SXSW showcase kicked off yesterday with an appearance by Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) with the Marshall Ford Swing Band.  Here’s a link to the other performances you can see at the airport this month.