7 unique airport experiences to add to your bucket list

From a Hello-Kitty themed terminal gate lounge to a Michelin star airport restaurant – here’s seven unique airport experiences you won’t want to miss.

From a Hello-Kitty themed terminal gate lounge to a Michelin star airport restaurant – here’s seven unique airport experiences you won’t want to miss.

Snooze in a Napcab at Munich airport

Passengers with a long wait at Munich airport can snooze in comfort and privacy without leaving the gate areas, by renting out a sleeping cabin by the hour.

The simple but stylish-looking booths – or ‘napcabs’ – are kitted out with a bed, desk, internet connection and power plug enabling guests to nap or work.

The napcabs are a permanent fixture in Terminal 2 (Gate H32) and they can be yours for a minimal rental charge of €30 (€10-€15 an hour).

Enjoy a full spa experience at Finnair’s spa & Sauna, Helsinki Airport

Just the tonic for jet-lag. Photos: Finnair

Bleary-eyes passengers connecting at Helsinki airport to or from a non-Schengen destination can enjoy some pampering before their onward flight, with a full blown spa and sauna experience.

6 top in-flight experiences to add to your bucket listFinnair spa & Saunas offers a sanctuary where guests can take a dip in the pool, unwind in a sauna and choose a natural spa treatment.

The spa at the airport, which is operated by Finnair, is free at the door for the airline’s Plus Platinum card holders, and costs €45 euros for other passengers (over 18s only).

Treatment options range from €50-€141 each and include the entry fee, as well as a bathrobe, slippers and fresh fruit served in the spa’s relaxation area afterwards.

Dine at a Michelin star restaurant in Stuttgart airport

Eat at a Michelin star restaurant in Stuttgart

Stuttgart airport in Germany is not just a hub for budget airlines, but a place to enjoy a high-end meal at the airport’s own michelin-star restaurant.

Restaurant Top Air overlooks the airfield in Terminal 1 and is headed up by chef Claudio Urru – whose passion and creativity for food has retained the restaurant’s michelin star since 1992.

Top Air is open on weekdays for lunch from 11:45-2:30pm and for dinner from 5:45pm (closed on weekends).

Learn about traditional Korean culture at Seoul Incheon airport

Seoul Incheon airport in South Korea offers passengers free, hands-on arts and craft lessons reflecting the best of Korean culture.

The airport’s traditional culture experience center (Center, 4F, Concourse) offers a variety of classes from fan painting and knot-making to hanji (traditional paper box making).

Experience the Hello Kitty takeover at Taipei

Taipei’s Hello-kittified airport lounge.

Hello Kitty fever has gripped one major airport in Taiwan.

Taiwan Taoyuan international airport in Taipei has transformed its departure gate area (C3, Terminal 2) into a Hello Kitty shrine.

There’s a ‘baby kitty’ nursery, playground and Sanrio shop dedicated to the world’s most famous cat – and even the seat covers at the gate are splashed in kitty.

Watch planes go by while ‘rocking’ in your chair

The rocking chair fad has caught on across America’s airports.

Charlotte Douglas International was the first airport to furnish its terminal with ‘rockers’, before other airports saw their appeal.

Passengers can also sit back in a rocking chair at Philadelphia International, San Diego and Houston Hobby airport..to list just a few airports following the trend.

Tie the knot at Amsterdam Airport

Plane-loving couples who want to get hitched can book one of four wedding packages on offer at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

The packages include ”Yes and go’, which includes the ceremony and honeymoon flight, ‘and ‘ticket to paradise’ for couples with a large party of guests. The package includes an optional charter aircraft to whisk everyone off to a party venue after the ceremony.

The airport even has its own wedding planner to assist with the big day – from the cake, to flights, transport and the sit-down dinner.

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