Contrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1824 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 610 times:
AMS is basically a very secure airport.
Police (they may be military, I couldn't tell) patrol the place inside and out, and they carry automatic weapons. There are several levels of security you must go through before boarding a flight. There is a security sweep of the boarding area prior to passengers being allowed in before a flight.
Aesthically, it's a beautiful airport. It's easy to navigate, although the first time it may seem imposing.
There is a railway station inside the terminal, with train service to all of Holland and Belgium. You can also catch a direct train to Paris and other European cities.
There are many stores, including a decent sized grocery store.
Once you clear customs you can walk directly to the gate or you can also spend time walking around in the duty free area. Schiphol is a very spacious and passenger friendly airport with many amenities.
At Schiphol it's easy to pass the time and if this is not enough, you can always take the train to downtown amsterdam (20 mins)