Queen Emma Bridge
Follow the course of Curaçao's Queen Emma Bridge across the waters of St. Anna Bay, which separates the capital of Willemstad's two historic quarters of Punda and Otrobanda. The pontoon bridge was first constructed in 1888 – and subsequently restored - to enable it to be raised to accommodate seagoing vessels. Foot traffic can also use the bridge, which provides the perfect means for PlanetHoppers! to explore this amazing city that was also the capital of the entire Netherland Antilles (before it was disbanded in 2010). The quarter of Punda is the location of the original Dutch settlement, dating back to 1634, with Otrobanda the city's cultural center. Together they combine to form a unique blend of Colonial Dutch architecture and Caribbean ambiance that has even gained UNESCO's official nod of approval. The locals affectionately call it "the Swinging Old Lady" as the bridge swings open dozens of time each day to allow ships to pass. When the bridge was first opened, there was a toll for those who tried to cross it wearing shoes and free to those crossing barefoot. Don't worry; keep your sandals on, now it's free to everyone!
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- Location: Curaçao