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Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Willemstad, Curacao
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Swings wide many times daily to allow access to one of the busiest ports in the world. It also separates the two halves of the city.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This bridge called the "Swinging Old Lady" is more than 100 years old and one of the main attractions of the Dutch Kingdom island Curaçao. The bridge divides the capital of Willemstad is the connection between the two parts of the shopping area surrounded with...More

Thank InServiceCur
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting foot and bike/scooter (putput) pontoon bridge connecting the cruise ship area with downtown. Quick access to all the shops! Nice view of the city (and your cruise ship) from along the way. If they have to open it for boat traffic you are in...More

Thank CA-Traveler1022
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having never seen or walked across a pontoon bridge, this was very cool. We got to see the bridge open to allow for boat traffic as well. It is a nice entry point into Willemstad, something that should not be missed.

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Connects Rift Fort to Punda. Really neat to watch it swing open for boats to pass. Very pretty at night when lit up.

Thank rpgovols
Reviewed 1 week ago

First from walking on this huge floating bridge, really feels like you are walking on water! A whole 168metres that swings open to allow ships to pass through. Was fun watching this work and a fun ride back over in the ferry

Thank BurlingtonBankie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice views to both sides of Willemstad from the bridge. Was fun to stay on board while the bridge turned to let some boats go past. Not a spectacular spot, but still a must if you are in the area.

Thank Tomppa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bridge is one of the first things you see when entering town from the cruise boat. It's an interesting way to mKe a bridge. GreT placevto take pictures too.

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you visit Willemstad you just have to cross this bridge connecting punda to otrobanda. When a ship has to pass the bridge will move to the otrobanda side and you can take the free ferryboat to cross. We just loved it and kept on...More

Thank Tbirdt-bird444
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Curacao three times during my life, the first time I went there was in 1973 then twice last year. It is a beautiful island and always getting better and better and better. It is so so clean, they have made a few...More

Thank momwinslow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cool to walk across this UNESCO treasure. You can feel bridge moving as you cross. Wait for boats to come through and watch entire bridge swing open to all boat passage.

Thank Tnnrse11
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Lisa M
Other than the Queen Emma Bridge, is there a way to cross the Bay? On a map it looks like Breedstraat goes across the bay from pietermaii district to otrabanda???? Thank you
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Allen W | Reviewed this property |
There is a free ferry that crosses the bay as well. It is within eyesight of the bridge and easily identifiable. People may use this anytime, but is primarily used when the drawbridge is open for boat traffic..I feel that... More
Darcy P
Is this like a 5 minute visit? Is there anything special to see if we are just passing by it? Thanks!
November 8, 2016|
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Response from Giselle H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Yes it is five minute visit with pictures,but uf you get lucky, it would be great when you are there that a sea vessel needs to pass then you would get to see how the bridge moves to the side to let the vessel pass. We... More
We are cruising to Curacao next April and dock in Wilmestead. Is the synagogue within walking distance?
October 3, 2016|
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Response from Dirk S | Reviewed this property |
In Willemstad, Curacao, cruise ships tie up at two different locations, both on the other side of the St. Anna Bay. So either way you'll have to cross the pontoon bridge, or when that one is closed (i.e. opened for harbour... More