No island getaway is complete without seeing gorgeous scenery you'd never, ever see at home—and Willemstad’s floating bridge delivers! Built in 1888, "Our Swinging Old Lady" is supported by 16 pontoon boats and two motors. When you hear the siren, look to see the entrance gates slam shut and moments later, the bridge sways to accommodate passing ships. (If you don’t feel like waiting for Queen Emma to reopen, you can take a ferry between Willemstad's Punda and Otrobanda districts instead.) At night, the bridge's lights cast a shimmering rainbow on the water.
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Koningin Emma Bridge
Built in 1888 and named after a Dutch queen, this floating bridge, with its original wooden boards, connects the Punda and Otrabanda neighborhoods of Curaçao’s capital and is supported by a series of pontoon boats. Take a wander across for views of the pastel gabled buildings along the banks. When ships need to pass through the harbor, the "Swinging Old Lady" opens and pedestrians are transported across the bay on ferryboats.