Schiphol Airport plane spotting locations

Schiphol. A plane every 2 minutes

Schiphol. A plane every 2 minutes


Witness takeoffs and landings

Vijfhuizen - The little village of Vijfhuizen is located nearby the Polderbaan runway of Schiphol. This plane spotter location is easy accessible and offers plenty of space to watch the takeoffs and landings. Travellers dislike the Polderbaan because it takes about 20 minutes by plane from here to the terminal; but for plane spotters the Vijfhuizen location offers an excellent and close-by view on the takeoffs and landings. In fact the Polderbaan is just one of the five runways of Schiphol. So there are more places to watch planes around Schiphol Airport!

Schiphol Airport

Plane spotters location neat the Polderbaan runway
Plane spotters location neat the Polderbaan runway
Schiphol ranks as Europe's 4th busiest airport by number of flights. Direct flights are operated to more than 220 destinations in 90 countries. Schiphol has five main runways. Around Schiphol Airport there are a few great places for plane spotters.

Schiphol Polderbaan runway near Vijfhuizen

As mentioned in the introduction, the spotters location near the village of Vijfhuizen is a popular place to watch the planes. The location is very close to the Polderbaan runway, one of the five runways at Schiphol. If the wind is good, you will see departing and arriving planes every 2 minutes.

The spotters location near the village of Vijfhuizen

Spottershill near the McDonald's
Spottershill near the McDonald's

Spottershill McDonald's

Spottershill next to the McDonald's is easy accessible by car and is a nice location if you are hungry and want to watch planes at the same time. This is also a great location during stormy weather. From highway A9 near Amsterdam, take exit N231/Schipholdijk and follow the signs. After about 500 meters you reach Schiphol-Oost. Take the exit to the parking lot next to the McDonald's. If the wind is right, you will have a great view at the planes.

Old Schiphol nostalgia
The old Schiphol. The old control tower is located near the McDonald's. From here you can see the airport and the hangars

Schiphol Panorama terrace

On the premises of Schiphol, before passport control, you can visit the panorama terrace. From here you have a great view on the platform. Access is free of charge.

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    Adress and visitor information

    Schiphol Airport plane spotting locations

    Address: IJweg
    Postal code and City: 2141 CN  Vijfhuizen
    Region: Schiphol
    Province/Region: Noord-Holland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 1,5 hours.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Waxing gibbous

    Special occasions at Schiphol Airport

    Runway parking

    Nuclear Summit

    During the Nuclear Summit in 2014, leaders from all around the world visited the Netherlands, including US President Obama. One runway was used to park the planes.
    Planefinder image: Parked planes on the runway of Schiphol during the summit. Unfortunately not all planes were visible (picture: PlaneFinder)

    Schiphol from the air

    Where to stay Vijfhuizen?

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