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. Plan to see Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Willemstad trip planner.
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  • A key landmark for Willemstad and a good free crossing over the water. Many waterfront vendors ready to serve you. Water side food and drinks are readily available for the thirst and hungry travelers....  more »
  • If you are on Curacao you should have been on a pontoon bridge. This connects the two halves of Willemstad with each other and is always open and close. If you're lucky, there are large cruise ships in front of or behind and also the other boat traffic is nice to see. Both sides are long terraces where you can watch the whole thing quiet. You can hear the call then the bridge partially or completely open. On the side of Otrobanda are several market stalls with souvenirs and snacks. You may remain during the run on! He is sociable evening lit.
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  • It was a treat to see it and even more fun to cross it several times. It was also interesting to see it open and close.  more »
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  • The bridge is an interesting piece of engineering.... based on floating boats.. located at the entrance / sea, it is fully operational. The bell rings to alert that it will open, and people just walk like nothing..... at the 3rd bell, the door closes and it moves to the side, to let small and larger boats pass.... if you were not quick enough, you might need to wait until it goes back into place. It’s a piece of history for the island and a must see... you can take great photos of Willemstad, the color buildings, the fort... a must do if you travel to Curacao.
  • Super cool. The bridge is very well maintained and so nice for an evening walk. The lights are nice and the breeze wonderful. Defenitely hang around until the bridge "swings" open !!!!
  • We visited in December 2017, there are plenty of reasonable priced stores and restaurants. NOW PAY ATTENTION! Park in the Renaissance parking garage, it's free. Short walk to the Queen Emma Bridge, or the free ferries if the bridge is open for ships. CHECK THE LOCAL HARBOR SCHEDULE ! It tells you how many cruise ships are docked. Pick a day with the fewest or no cruise line at Port. You will thank me later. Some of the small kiosk souvenirs places are closed if no ship is in. But trust me go across the bridge and shop in Punda. Gentleman, there are plenty of places to sit and have a beer!
  • Loved this free attraction as you get to take wonderful pictures of town from it, especially if you’re lucky enough to experience being on it as it pivots and opens. The first picture has the Queen Emma bridge in the foreground (highway bridge in background). Second picture was taken from the bridge.
  • The Queen Emma Bridge is the best thing to have experience while moving as the tourist will enjoy it for sure. I was surprise when ferry passed through the open sea. I hope to see it again in the future! Night time will be more elegant for lovers as there are hanging christmas light at this time (November to December).

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