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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  • The downtown area is small and easy to explore, the bridge very picturesque, worth a visit. I recommend bringing water because it's hot.
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  • After getting off the ship and having sea legs, boy could you feel it. It was super interesting to experience with the up and down motion. What’s even cooler is when a bit comes in the entire thing pi...  more »
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