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The island's principal fortress today serves as the seat of government.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited based on the strong reviews but sadly when I got here there were no signs and the people I spoke to kept sending me to places where there were ropes across the entrances. Really hard to work out where to go so I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CrisH653
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best attraction in Curacao and still being used for its original purpose.Constructed as the main base of the Dutch West India Company it was the seat of government and the main defence of Willemstadt along with several other forts. Beautifully maintained and preserved the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lizandianp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The awe we felt standing in the middle of this complex is hard to explain. Pure history. These are the original buildings and how I wish I had the dates in front of me. But 100+ years. Make this part of your walking tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patty_in_Cleveland
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Spent about 15 minutes here. Some nice clicks and some history. The buildings have a lot of character and makes good photoes!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank archana r
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Nice place with some history but just look at it from the outside. Not much else. Nice outside for pics but skip going in.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 677ScottS
Reviewed May 5, 2018

It might be possible to take a tour, but our guide said these were working government office buildings that included a reception hall, etc. We only stood on the outside in the hot sun and stared at them. If you are interested in colonial architecture,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

Nothing special. Lots of tourists. Backyard needs renovation. Look, take a picture, go. Don' waste time here.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NurPorsche
Reviewed February 28, 2018

This is another great example of the restoration of the historical buildings you will see all over the sections of Willemstad. Many of the buildings were originally white but the reflection in this hot climate was blinding. The government decided to paint the buildings colorful...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank William G
Reviewed February 7, 2018

Beautiful building with refreshing colour. There is an officer at the front but does not stop you. No charge to walk through the gate. Pictures are allowed. There is a museum near the back but it's not free. There is a charge. Nothing really memorable...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Leamer
Reviewed January 25, 2018

Curacao has such nice buildings. We loved walking in town and at fort amsterdam. historic buildings everywhere!

Date of experience: January 2018
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RealTravelman
Oroville, California
Is Fort Amsterdam open to the public? (3 Replies)
I checked and it said niether locals or tourists aren't allowed there, only fishermen coming in from sea. But I saw pictures on Google Earth, so someone had to take them. But I saw on a video that there is a gate with security guards, and they won't let you in. I also notice there is a hotel there. Do you have to go through the hotel to get to the fort? Is it trespassing? How do you get to this place?
January 31, 2013|
Response fromdansc_13|
we stay at divi all the time and that is the way in, in fact our unit is at the top of the hill right at the fort. They have to let you in, all beaches and parks are open to the public in St. Maarten. You do have to walk through the resort but no big deal. There is a bar on the way back down that you can stop and "refresh" yourselves at
kaydekng
New York City, New York
day from cruise - 3 questions (1 Replies)
i am coming into curacao fri 2/10 from RCI cruise, and i have 3 questions. 1- can you walk to the floating bridge from the port? 2- how far is the liquor distillary? and 3- how far is this: Near Fort Amsterdam, at the corner of Columbusstraat and Hanchi di Snoa, the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
January 18, 2012|
Response fromMyrouck|
Answers: 1. Yes, you can easily walk to the floating market. When you get off the ship you will follow all passengers towards Riffort Village/Renaissance Hotel. You will see the St. Annabay and the floating bridge on your right. Cross the bridge, take a left and follow the walking path along the water (water is then on your left). This will lead you right to the floating market. 2. The Liquor Distillery at Landhuis Chobolobo is about 15 minutes by car. 3. To get to the synagogue -->...More