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The 10 surprises in Schiphol CBD

How do you create an enjoyable work environment for your employees? Not only in your own office, but especially outside of it? Ten surprising activities in Schiphol Central Business District.

1. Free wooden designer loan bicycles courtesy of YourSchipholBIKE
A quick errand or lunch at Schiphol Plaza? Everyone who works for one of the companies at Schiphol is welcome to use a unique loan bicycles for up to five hours. Free! You use your smartphone to borrow it. Yourschipholbike.nl

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2. Drinks outdoors at VIVA! in The Base
Yes, you can grab a table outside at Schiphol, too. Bar/restaurant VIVA! is the place to enjoy lunch, dinner, a coffee or drinks. And if the weather is nice, you’ll want to take advantage of the outdoor seating area, of course. Restaurantviva.nl

3. Tasty teriyaki at citizenM
citizenM is not your everyday hotel; it’s a lifestyle for today’s cosmopolitan individual. You can easily spend the entire day here. Lounge around and read magazines, admire the trendy interior décor, enjoy a coffee, have a meeting. Be sure to try the tasty teriyaki, too: you just pop it in the microwave without any fuss.

4. TEDxAmsterdam side event at Schiphol
A side event of TEDx Amsterdam was hosted at Schiphol Airport for the first time at the end of 2014. The event included inspiring talks by photographers Jimmy Nelson, Mark McCaughrean about the Rosetta mission, and rising talent Angela Moyra. It was a huge success and highly inspiring, so be sure to circle 27 November 2015 on your calendar!

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5. 24/7 childcare within walking distance of your desk
CompaNanny’s child-care centre in The Base at Schiphol is the first to offer 24-7 care. Obviously, this is very convenient for flying personnel whose schedules vary. The more flexible hours are a real boon to office staff, too. Compananny.nl

6. Doing business in pop-up The Cabin
No city is complete without a pop-up. At Schiphol CBD, small and flexible entrepreneurs can now offer their services and products that are interesting for people working at Schiphol, in a streamlined, sustainably designed fold-up house made from cardboard and aluminium. Are you interested in doing business in The Cabin? Contact: realestate@schiphol.nl

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7. WTC Schiphol business club
Enterprising Schiphol networks at the WTC Schiphol Business Club. CEOs and managers meet each other informally at one of the breakfast sessions or during one of the many inspiring get-togethers such as the annual business golf tournament.

8. Room with a view: Executive Lounge Hilton Schiphol
Only a couple of months to go before the new Hilton Schiphol opens its doors. Unusual and impressive in every way, this will be a new hotel for Hilton and Schiphol alike. The view from the Executive Lounge on the ninth floor is almost as breathtaking as the view from the air traffic control tower.

9. The Base Library
The terminal already has an airport library, but you must be a ticketed passenger in order to use it. The library in The Base is a fine alternative. In a scheme set up with the municipality of Haarlemmermeer’s public library, you will be able to borrow a good book at the Atrium in The Base this summer.

10. De Young Professionials’ pubquiz in Café Rembrand

Schiphol CBD is home to many prominent companies including Microsoft, Cargill, Danone, KLM, Citibank, and Wereldhave, and naturally that means there are many networking young professionals here, too. A variety of activities are organised in cooperation with the SPOT Schiphol community. These include The School of Life events as well as a pub quiz at Café Rembrandt.