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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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  • The pontoon bridge is one of the fun sites to see while visiting Willemstad in Curacao. It was very close to the port where our cruise ship docked. If you want a real treat, view it from the large lan...  more »
  • The bridge is literally a floating bridge. I was amazed by its operation, not what I expected. Worth it!!!  more »
  • I wanted to walk across the pontoon bridge just to see what it was like. We weren't around when the bridge swung open but I did see it closing from our ship one time. It was an interesting bridge and ...  more »
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  • Truly a wonderful bridge to behold. Conceptually interesting during the day, and glowing colorfully at night, this bridge is certainly worth a stop of it's own. My only caveat is not to arrive with a very specific time schedule to walk across the bridge. If the bridge is opening, to allow ship entrance, you may be waiting a while to cross. There is the option of a ferry, so crossing is not impossible, but it is worth taking the time to walk the bridge at least once.
  • Beautiful bridge! During the day you can appreciate the colorful buildings on each side of it and at night it's illuminated with beautiful lights. One of my favourite places and will remember it forever as this is the place my fiancée proposed :)
  • Nice peace of art, a bridge floating on a number of small boats that moves to give access to the harbour when boats enter or leave, people can stay on the bridge when moving with it. The surrounding area is also wonderful with colourful houses
  • During the day, it's not that special, but once the sun starts going down and the lights go on, it's really beautiful. It you are lucky, stay on it as it opens for incoming or outgoing ships for a fun experience. Or wait for a big ship and enjoy a ride on the free ferry while the bridge is open.
  • Awesome bridge to walk to the other side of the city centre. From there is gives a nice view to both sides of the city. The bridge just closed for pedestrians, to open up & give access to boats that wanted to pass. Quite impressive to see the whole length of the bridge moving to the side! They provided free (& quick) ferry access to go to the other side when the bridge was closed for an hour.