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Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, Willemstad

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
A clever solution for spanning a large body of water, Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge features two diesel engines that allow it to swing open and let through oceangoing ships. Probably the world's only permanent pontoon bridge, this structure originally opened in 1888 and went through a complete reconstruction in the 1930s. Today, the "Swinging Old Lady" allows you to cross the St. Anna Bay on foot, or watch huge vessels entering and leaving the harbor. When the bridge swings open, two free-of-charge ferries bring pedestrians from one side of the bay to the other. Make Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge part of your personalized Curacao itinerary using our Curacao trip itinerary maker.
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  • A place to see when you are in Curacao: water, colors, history. Walk the bridge and dine at one of the close by restaurants, like the Iguana Cafe. 
  • I sneak el.puente, because that opens and is closes, was strange la.primera time is opened, is cute to make good pictures
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  • Love this place! The bridge is great. Super convenient. Definitely great for photos and walking across with friends. 
  • Such a unique bridge with fantastic views. Not something you can experience anywhere else in the world. Cross from one side of Willemstad to the other with amazing views surrounding you. Also a great place to take photos. TIP: If the bridge is open and you see the dark blue flag raised, you can take the ferry to the other side for free. Another great experience.
  • You have to see this bridge. If you are lucky a ship will come by and they will need to swing it open. It is a very relaxing walk across to the other side. Amazing simple design. If it is going to be open for big ship the run a walk on ferry ( also free ). Do not go to this town without leading time to see the bridge.
  • A pedestrian bridge crossing the Saint Annabay connecting Punda to Otrobanda. After 7pm its arcs are colourfully lit. Interestingly designed, it has a hinge on the Otrobanda side and a motor on the Punda side allowing it to open like a door. Nice piece of engineering on Curacao. Definitely enjoyed best around the time the lights turn on.
  • What a creative bridge that was made to move across to let the boats enter the port. Nice views of the shops. The only thing I did not like was that I was getting seasick while I was on it.
  • The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay. The Bay splits the capital in two, Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of oceangoing vessels. Built in 1888 is one the oldest bridge still standing, on this part of the world. This bridge has a nickname "The Old Swinging Lady"
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