Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam at the main airport called Schiphol Airport, and I was blown away by several facts about the airport.

The name Schiphol means Ship's Graveyard. Where the airport lies was once a large shallow lake and violent storms would whip up and sink any ships on the lake.

So the Dutch drained the lake and reclaimed the land. As a result, the airport is 11 feet BELOW sea level, with the water being held back by dykes.


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