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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 Curacao itinerary using our Curacao trip itinerary maker.
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  • I had the pleasure of walking over this bridge several times during my stay. It is simply mesmerizing. 
  • Ok, so I live here and actually work for the Curacao Ports Authority, so I'm not sure if I'm 100% objective, but I can tell you that this is one unique bridge. You can feel it swaying under your feet ...  more »
  • Lots of action here whether it is people crossing or boats coming by when it has swung open. We enjoyed having a cool glass of wine while we took in the action. Beware...when a tug went by a large wav...  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.