Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, Willemstad

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Must see · Bridge · Tourist Spot
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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  • This is a great, hopping spot in Curacao, lots of shops nearby and a great area to spend the day! Grab some ice cream and just walk around!  more »
  • The walking bridge is a must see in Curacao. It connects Punda and Otrabanda by foot. There are great views of the city and the water. If you go at night the bridge is lit up and it's very pretty.  more »
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