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 heart of Willemstad is surely this bridge. Very recognizable and particularly nice if a large seagoing vessel has to pass when the bridge opens.  more »
  • it is just a bridge - not sure why there is so much talk about this bridge. yes, the view of the colorful stores is nice, but even those are ruined by advertising on them  more »
  • The Queen Emma Bridge is the one and only over the whole world that can open and close. This bridge is more than 130 years old. It is a nice experience able to walk over it. Come and visit our bridge and our downtown area.
  • Very nice floating walking bridge between both sides of the downtown. Be aware, it floats, so it moves...you have not been drinking THAT much...

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