Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
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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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  • Chloe B
    Spotswood, New Jersey9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Going into the City
    Walking in the bridge is so much fun but if you are prone to sea sickness I don’t recommend going on this bridge. If shakes a big but is such a fun place to take your pictures. Try to get out of the way before it opens besucase you will be stuck for a bit!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Leigh R
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting bridge.
    Very interesting bridge. We walked across and then walked around the area. We weren’t sure we would get to see it swing open to let a boat go through, but we actually got to see it open and close twice! Once from each side of the bridge. It was fun to watch the tourists who got stuck on the bridge while it was swinging open.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Michaela M
    Westmount, Canada224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit especially at night
    Make sure you walk across the bridge in the daytime and go back at night. Totally different. At night the bridge is lit up colourfully and you can watch it Move to make way for the boats. We ended up taking the free ferry back as the bridge was not out back when we wanted to cross. Walk at night from the beautiful colourful Punda to Otrabanda and go have a meal in Rif Fort.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Emma Bridge
    The Queen Emma Bridge is a floating foot bridge which crosses the entrance to St Anna Bay, The Bridge swings open to allow ships to pass. For smaller ships, the bridge only opens partway, but when larger ships need to pass, the bridge will swing so it rests up against the shore, opening the entire waterway. The bridge floats on pontoons, which makes it thoroughly enjoyable to cross. At night, the bridge is lit and is quite picturesque.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Joanna B
    San Antonio, Texas27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge - A Sight To See!
    The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge is a fun site to see and use. It allows you to walk from Otrabunda to Punda in Willemstad. You just need to watch out if it is opening to allow ships to enter/depart the channel.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,687 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bridge on pontoons?
    When we were walking about we went across the harbour on a ferry because the bridge was open to all ow a navy ship to pass. On our way back from exploring Willemstad we walked across the pedestrian bridge which is floated on pontoons. Quite amazing actually. The bridge connects the Punda and Otrobando Quarters.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 22, 2023
  • Keith G.
    Cheshire, Connecticut485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop by while on the Odyssey of the Seas!
    Our first stop on our holiday cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas was Curacao. An amazing island that is part of the A, B and C island chain. (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) we were located on main pier, which was nice but plan on a good walk to the bridge. After our walk, we immediately took our time enjoying the bridge. The view is amazing and fact that this bridge is so old and in full operation is amazing. We were lucky as while we were returning, after walking around town, we were "caught" on the bridge as it opened for a small boat. What a ride as it opened and then closed. If your visiting, this is a must!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • smilingcarolyn
    San Francisco, California110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bridge that moves sideway in the water
    Definitely worth seeing. If you are lucky to watch the bridge open, it is unique. The ferry runs back and forth (for free) when the bridge is open). Enjoy a drink by the water and you can wait for this experience.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2024
  • MerlinsMom99
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when in Curacao.
    It was a beautiful bridge; we got to see it move aside for the tug boat. Very neat. There were not too many people out that morning when we were there. But evidently, when the bridge is not in place, there is a free ferry that takes people back and forth until the bridge is back in place.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
  • lithlith
    878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving Bridge in Curacao
    This bridge has a fun little bounce to it as you walk across! It is moveable, so be careful when you visit that you don't get stuck on one side or the other. They do give warnings before it moves for a boat to go through. We've been to Curacao several times via cruise ship and we always enjoy a walk across the bridge into town from the cruise ship port. The bridge and city is photogenic, so you'll get some great photos along the way.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
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SilkRosi
Willemstad, Curacao27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a very nice bridge to walk on. While walking on it, you swing very passionately same pase it does. The path is making a nice sound beneath your feet. The sound of the ocean you feel it in your bones as well. It's an easy 5 minutes walk but you will stand in the middle for 15/20 min for sure to be able to enjoy your sorroudings. On the Punda side, there is a huge heart where you can still hang a few locks. At night the bridge is illuminated with colorful lights. Very nice to see. Both sides of the bridge offers you where to sit and eat, from a hotdog till a 3-4 course dinner. For those on heels you, can find your way holding on the rails. The best Harbour I have seen so far. Very nice soroundings. Enjoy!!
Written February 13, 2020
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Sarajoecat
Rogers, AR94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a floating bridge that swings open to allow ships to pass through. It is a main walk way to get to the other side of the bay. It is colorfully lit at night and is fun to watch hoe it opens.
Written February 24, 2020
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a really unique, hinged bridge that swings open to allow boats to pass through. It is operated by an individual in a control booth and a chime sounds just before the bridge is going to open. It was hilarious to watch people run and jump over the expanding gap to avoid being delayed on the bridge as it went through it's arc.
Written March 1, 2020
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Charles F
Newtown, UK724 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Pontoon walking bridge across the harbour entrance with a powered unit, in effect a tug, attached at the city end, this reverses the bridge out of the channel to allow marine traffic through, a free ferry operates if the bridge is out for a period. Alarms and gates warn walkers, you can stay on the bridge during the movement, its very casual. The building on both sides are picturesque and the vehicle bridge dominates the inner harbour. Obviously very busy as liners arrive.
Written March 1, 2020
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PoltergeistZ28
Toronto, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This bridge is amazing in that it is supported by floating pontoons. When a ship needs to pass the entire bridge pivots at one end to create a clear passageway. The bridge is alive and moves as you walk across. At night it is lit up by coloured lights. It is perfectly safe for push chairs, infants and older persons to walk across.
Written February 6, 2020
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GeniAus
Lake Macquarie, Australia642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
As our ship sailed into Willemstad we saw this structure on the bank of the harbour. Little did I realise that it was a pedestrian bridge.

When we visited the next day. I loved the vibe around this floating and opening 19th century bridge that connects the two sides of the Harbour. There were people of all ages milling around on the bridge and on the shore taking photos as it opened to let boats sail through.

Don't miss going for a ride on this bridge if you are in Willemstad.
Written January 4, 2020
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bbeene
Warner Robins, GA57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Not much more to add to other reviews than this is a most unique bridge that allows cruise ships to enter the heart of the city. Very ingenious idea by the people who perfected canals in Amsterdam. Even if your boat is not the one in the center it is only a short walk back to the other docks.
Great shopping and reasonable pricing eateries on both sides of the bridge along with local artisans in tents.
Quite beautiful and safe area to enjoy a nice afternoon.
Look at all the locks on the structure prior to bridge. Maybe a copycat version of French bridges with locks (eternal love) but quite cute and I suppose romantic if you are the ones placing.
Written January 29, 2022
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Ulwazi
Calgary, Canada1,372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge is an easy way to get from Otrobanda to Punda and back again. It is a pedestrian bridge. We crossed the bridge on two different days, each day a different sea condition. It was interesting to hear the bridge creak and sway in a somewhat heavy sea. A neat experience. Even better is to sit in the Iguana Cafe and watch to bridge swing open for vessels passing by. At this point there is a ferry that will transfer people to the other side.
Written February 3, 2020
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JAG
Bogota, Colombia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We found the bridge to be one of t most interesting sights in Willemstad. During our afternoon in the city center, we had the chance to see the bridge several times in operation to allow boats/ships to go through. Waking through the bridge itself is also pleasant, as both sides have very beautiful houses/buildings.
Written January 5, 2020
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Janis H-P
Ocala, FL3,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This unique bridge was our way back to the ship after our tour. The bridge has 'Locks of Love' on the town side...with rows of beautiful buildings to see nearby, a pleasant walk across and it's uniqueness of swinging out of the way to let ships travel thru.
More beautiful at night (if that's possible!)
Picture taking haven!
Written February 27, 2020
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