Make the most of your vacation from the get-go!
Vacation season is well and truly upon us! Alas so are the long-haul flights and dreaded layovers. If you don’t fancy taking root outside your gate and using up all your phone battery, you might like to check out what some airports have in the way of entertaining distractions. Together with the help of the consumer organization FairPlane, we’ve put together our favorite airport attractions from across the globe that will help turn the hours into minutes. Enjoy!
1 – Rooftop Paradise
At Singapore’s Changi Airport, it’s worth having a bathing suit stowed away in your hand luggage. A rooftop swimming pool awaits all those with time to kill! Those who prefer to stay dry can while away the time in the tropical garden, complete with almost 50 different types of butterfly and luscious greenery.
2 – Airport Brewery
Beer-lovers are bound to feel at home at Munich Airport. Home to the only airport brewery in Europe, what better place to kill an hour or 2 than with a behind-the-scenes tour or a sampling of their very own “Airbräu” beer? Follow the sound of clinking beer steins to the restaurant, located between terminal 1 and 2.
3 – Play and Fly
Keeping the kids occupied during a layover? Oh boy. All those stranded in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Here, little ones can let off some steam in the Disney-style play corner whilst the older ones check out the range of simulator games. With Playstation games, cartoons, and themed areas, the only thing you need to worry about is not missing your connecting flight!
4 – Underwater Wonderland
An underwater world of gigantic proportions awaits passengers at Vancouver’s International Airport in Canada. More than 20 different kinds of fish from the Pacific can be found bobbing through this huge aquarium. Go pay them a visit at the International Terminal.
5 – Rest and Relaxation
Travelers with a layover at Frankfurt am Main Airport in Germany won’t find themselves short on options to pass the time. Indulge in a pamper session to chase away pre-flight nerves, or treat your tootsies to a mani-pedi for that all-important beach debut. Those looking for a more spiritual atmosphere can find around-the-clock prayer rooms for peaceful contemplation.
6 – A Hole in One
The ultimate activity to keep airport boredom at bay can be found directly on the grounds of the Frankfurt Hahn Airport: a fully-functioning 9-hole golf course. Built in 1954 and renovated in 2006, the putting green provides fresh air and welcome relief from the tannoy system.
7 – The Endless Wait
If you’ve conquered the art of patience by now, why not visit an airport where airplanes are a thing of the past? At Tempelhof Airport in Berlin you won’t see any aircraft on the runway or in the skies above it. All air traffic was discontinued in 2008, although luckily for us the grounds and building itself are still open for intrepid explorers. Embark on a guided tour of the underground bunker system and many other secret corners that have only recently opened up to the public.
8 – Eliminate Further Waiting
After having waited hours for a delayed flight or connection, you’re probably not looking to waste further vacation time on queuing for taxis or navigating an unknown public transport system. Reward your perseverance with a luxury airport transfer, available from major airports worldwide such as Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. Sit back, and let the Mercedes do the work for you.