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 simple pontoon bridge, but it led to a marvelous place - Otrobando. Go there for an experience of Europe in the Caribbean!  more »
  • Beautiful views of the Centre of the city, overlooking the sea, you can photograph and even be on the bridge while open to sail a small boat. He is a notice when the bridge is open.
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  • The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge that crosses the river channel between the two sides of Willemstad -- Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge swings open from a hinge on the Otrobanda side to allow ...  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.
  • The best time to walk on it is during bad weather. Then its a challenge to get to the other side without falling into the water below. Super awesome, if it gets to dangerous they will close it down tho. So its a one time thing so do it
  • Lovely "swing bridge" connecting the two sife of Willemstad. Lit up in rainbow colours at night. Wait for it to swing open for passing ships (and you can be on it swinging with it. Mostly open for 10min, but stays open for larger ships (up to 45min), in which case you have the option of taking the ferry to cross.
  • A very Dutch feel .. nice place but do not wonder far from the main tourist areas. The queen Emma Bridge is a feature, as the bridge floats and opens to let other boats enter the Harbour.
  • Really beautiful site! Located in the city centre of Willemstad Is one of the must visit place in the island, totally recommend going on Thursday night, one of the must actives night, Because every other night all the stores are closed. Go walk and enjoy

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