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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  • Only saw the “swinging lady” during the day, but it was cool. Be prepared for a bit of a jostle if the water is rough. I get seasick, so didn’t really care for the sensation of being on a boat, but... 
    Only saw the “swinging lady” during the day, but it was cool. Be prepared for a bit of a jostle if the water is rough. I get seasick, so didn’t really care for the sensation of being on a boat, but...  more »
  • This historic bridge is truly a wonder of engineering. As one of the walking gateways to downtown Willemstad it gives a beautiful reveal to the historic vibrantly painted waterfront. Most... 
    This historic bridge is truly a wonder of engineering. As one of the walking gateways to downtown Willemstad it gives a beautiful reveal to the historic vibrantly painted waterfront. Most...  more »
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  • The Queen Emma Bridge, I believe this is one of the most unique places of the world. It is a floating bridge, that is special of course. However, you can sometimes see the biggest ships coming in and your standing a couple of meters away just to watch it. And if you are hungry or thirsty there are enough places to do so. Note that the buildings are colorful and just eye-catching. Enjoy it
  • Love visiting Curaçao and this bridge is a unique quirk about the city. At night it's lit up with different colors and during the day provides easy passage across the water. When it opens be prepared to wait 10+ minutes as it lets boats through - or there is a complimentary ferry that can bring you across.

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