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Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, Willemstad

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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 Willemstad itinerary using our Willemstad trip itinerary maker.
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  • Kids will love this bridge, cross it and hear the ringing bell announcing any boat that need to pass trough the channel, they got amazed when the bridge just move to the side and allow them to pass.  more »
  • I would not plan your day around this bridge. It allows you to cross the bay to the other side of the city. Its kinda fun when its windy. Your only other option is to take the ferry to the other side.  more »
  • This bridge is fun to walk across because it is moving! We were also able to watch it open so a boat could pass through.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Its a nice bridge with nice surroudings. Worth a look and a foto.
  • 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.
  • Very cool floating bridge on pontoons. It can be a pain if you get stuck on one side and have to wait for the tug boat to push it open and closed, but walking over it gives you a great view of the colorful buildings along the Handelskade.