Friday, May 5, 2017
Cactus gardens, oxygen bars and 40ft slides: The world's oddest airport attractions revealed
By Sadie Whitelocks
United Kingdom – The Daily Mail
If you've got time to kill at these airports, the minutes are set to whizz by - thanks to their weird and wonderful attractions.
You can ride a 40ft slide at Changi Singapore Airport to find light at the end of the tunnel or fritter coins away at the slot machines before boarding a plane in Las Vegas. If you're a beer boffin, the world's only airport brewery in Munich might tempt you in for a tipple.
Read on for MailOnline Travel's round up of some of the world's oddest airport attractions to keep travellers busy...
Brewery - Munich International Airport
Bottoms up: Drinkers have a range of different ales to choose from at the Munich Airport brewery, including a 'lively and fruity' Kumulus and a 'naturally cloudy' Jetstream.
Airbräu at Munich Airport is said to be the only airport brewery in the world 'crafting beers in compliance with the exacting standards of the Purity Decree of 1516'.
Drinkers have a range of different ales to choose from, including a 'lively and fruity' Kumulus and a 'naturally cloudy' Jetstream.
Large groups can also indulge in a keg, containing ten litres of beer, for long-lasting enjoyment.
Brewery tours are on offer, with the shiny copper kettles being a main attraction.
Oxygen bar - Narita International Airport, Japan
Breathe of fresh air: Customers can choose from a menu of exotically flavored gas at Narita International Airport's Oxygen Bar, from eucalyptus menthol to cinnamon.
Travellers can breathe easy at Narita International Airport in Japan thanks to an oxygen bar.
Instead of alcohol, the health-conscious saloon in Terminal 1 serves up pure O2.
Customers can choose from a menu of exotically flavored gas, from eucalyptus menthol to cinnamon.
Tanks pump out puffs of the good stuff in ten minute increments.
If airport-goers are really in need of some fresh air, an hour of re-oxygenation should definitely do the trick!
Cactus garden - Singapore Changi Airport
Feeling hot: Located on the roof, visitors can 'stretch out' and bask in the sun at Singapore Changi Airport's cactus garden
The cactus garden at Singapore Changi Airport features more than 100 species of cacti and arid plants from the deserts and dry areas of Asia, Africa and America.
Located on the roof of Terminal 1, visitors can 'stretch out' and bask in the sun.
There is even a bar within the garden, so you can indulge a drink or two as you wander around the prickly pears.
Slot machines - McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas
Passing time: Slot machines are scattered around the airport terminals in Las Vegas and there are even rows of them at baggage reclaim
As soon as you enter Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport you're hit by a wave of ringing slot machines.
Gamblers can fritter away coins any time of day.
More than 1,500 dispensers are scattered around the terminals, including the baggage reclaim area.
It's said that travellers regularly win six-figure totals and one lucky player even scooped a $3.9million payout on the Wheel of Fortune slot.
40ft slide - Singapore Changi Airport
Weee! Singapore's Changi Airport has a slide that stretches over four storeys and speeds travellers from top to bottom at a rate of 19 feet per second
Singapore's Changi Airport boasts the 'world's tallest slide in an airport' in a bid to help passengers enjoy their time before taking off or while waiting for family members.
The tubular attraction is located in Terminal 3 with snazzy lights illuminating it.
'Slide@xx', as it's called, stretches over four storeys and speeds travellers from top to bottom at a rate of 19 feet per second.
Aquarium - Vancouver International Airport
Water wall: Some of the creatures housed in Vancouver International Airport's aquariums are part of ongoing research studies
Vancouver International Airport in Canada is home to two giant fish tanks.
The exhibits, installed by the Vancouver Aquarium, both house a rich collection of marine life native to British Columbia.
Some of the creatures housed there are part of ongoing research studies.
The main aquarium on Level 3 of the airport's International Terminal is home to 5,000 creatures including wolf eels, anemones, striped perch and orange cup corals.
IMAX cinema - Hong Kong International Airport
Movie magic: The IMAX cinema at Hong Kong International Airport is sited on the entertainment zone on Level 6 of Terminal 2
The IMAX cinema at Hong Kong International Airport features the largest IMAX screen in Hong Kong.
The projection space measures 46 feet high and 74 feet wide.
The theatre, which can seat 350 viewers, is located on the entertainment zone on Level 6 of Terminal 2 with 2D and 3D movies on offer.
Rooftop cocktail bar - Singapore Changi Airport
Cocktail hour: Harry's bar at Singapore Changi Airport is located on the roof of Terminal 1
Harry's bar at Singapore Changi Airport is located on the roof of Terminal 1.
Drinkers can order libations in the open air while 'enjoying the sights and sounds of jets flying by overhead'.
It is open from 6am to midnight daily, with signature tipples including a vodka-infused Dirty Harry, a lychee liqueur-inspired Kill Bill and a punchy Jungle Juice.
Indoor swimming pool - Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
Drifting off: Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, boasts a top-of-the-range spa facility complete with a pool, tub, gym and squash courts
Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, boasts a top-of-the-range spa facility.
Amenities include an indoor swimming pool and hydrotherapy tub.
There is also a gym for travellers to stretch their legs and a squash court to sweat it out.
For a spot of relaxation there are a range of spa treatments on offer, with an anti-jet lag massage being a popular pick.
Entry to the airport spa starts at £37.
Butterfly park - Singapore Changi Airport
Flight of fancy: Singapore Changi Airport's butterfly garden is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the main airport
Singapore Changi Airport opened a butterfly garden in 2008. It is the only airport in the world to have such an attraction.
It boasts more than 1,000 tropical butterflies, with 40 different species flying around.
The two-storey, glass-panelled space in Terminal 3 also has lush plants blooming from the borders and a grotto-waterfall almost 20ft high.
Visitors can also witness the breeding and feeding of butterflies at close range. A perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the main airport.
And after killing all of that time...
Morgue - Brussels Airport
Final flight: Brussels Airport has a funeral parlour with staff on call 24/7
It's clearly not an attraction as such, but since we're on the subject of quirky airport facilities, it deserves a mention.
Brussels Airport has its own 24/7 mortuary and funeral parlour for dealing with death in transit. It opened in 2005 after growing demand for on-site services.
The commuter hub handles hundreds of dead bodies each year, and the directors of the mortuary wanted to provide a way of dealing with remains in a more respectful way.
Staff can speak seven languages including Dutch, French, German, English, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. There is also a waiting area and theatre-style room for services.
A statement on the mortuary website reads: 'We organise the repatriation of the deceased, regardless of the country where death occurred or the country of destination and regardless of the nationality or religion of the deceased. In other words, worldwide.
'We have done that for over 30 years. Fast, efficiently and in close consultation with the next of kin.'