Fish sitters at Schiphol airport



Schiphol Airport (aka Amsterdam Airport for those of you who ‘break their tongues’ pronouncing ‘Schiphol’ – try ‘Shrip-pole’ – there, see?) has just opened up a goldfish hotel so travellers can have their fish taken care of while they fly away to warmer pastures. The hotel was the brainchild of well-known travel agent D-reizen and was opened by Olympic long-distance swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden.

The aquarium looks like a hotel, with a tennis court and a pool with a slide. “Goldfish dropped off by travellers will get private suites, so that they don’t get mixed up or get sick,” says D-reizen director Steven van Nieuwenhuizen. And if a fish happens to die while its owners are away, D-reizen will make sure they will be able to take the real dead one home, regardless.



  1. Ridiculous. This flies in the face of Dutch sensibility. Every knowledgeable fishkeeper knows that they’re much better off in their ‘home’ water than they are being moved about.

    Comment by Darth Paul — June 30, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Oh, totally.

    Comment by Orangemaster — June 30, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

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