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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. Plan to see Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Willemstad trip planner.
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  • Very picturesque! Make sure to go a night to see it lit up. Or in the day to see how it opens and closes. 
    Very picturesque! Make sure to go a night to see it lit up. Or in the day to see how it opens and closes.  more »
  • Cool walkway with great views. Be sure to time it so that you can get back across. If you have to get back and the bridge is not available, take the water ferry. Better to visit on days when the... 
    Cool walkway with great views. Be sure to time it so that you can get back across. If you have to get back and the bridge is not available, take the water ferry. Better to visit on days when the...  more »
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  • A bridge unlike any other in the world. It's a landmark that must be visited when traveling to CuraƧao, even if you just walk across it. It's a very well maintained bridge that is still in use today. Instead of a draw bridge, it turns sideways.
  • Really liked the experience, we also learned on the spot that the bridge moves every so often to allow boats to pass. It was a bit scary just seeing the bridge move. I think they should put a sign especially it being a tourist area, for persons just updating us that the bridge opens ever so often to eliminate that panic moment. Really beautiful city though

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