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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  • One of the landmarks in Willemstad, it is effectively a ‘floating’ bridge. It’s worth stopping by for a photo or simply to walk across it! One of the 'must-see' attraction is Curacao.  more »
  • You will see it for sure if you cross between the two parts of Curacao. See it at night and day. Don't get caught when it opens or you will spend 30 minutes on the bridge. Good place to take pictures....  more »

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