EXPLORING WILLMESTAD BY TRAIN
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A fun train tour to discover the beauty and history of Curaçao, from its colourful architecture to the busy everyday life that continues day after day.
- Queen Juliana bridge
- Trolley Station: train tour of Willemstad
- Fort Amsterdam
- Scharloo historical-residential quarter
- Pietermaai Cathedral or Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
- Floating market
- Return by taxi or on foot
- On our taxi-van, we reach Queen Juliana bridge offering amazing views of the capital. It is a four lane road bridge across St. Anna Bay named after Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. It weighs 3,400 tons and reaches a height of approximately 56 metres at its apex. We then head to the Trolley Station where we get on a fun train and start our tour of the city of Willemstad. We set off from Fort Amsterdam, the oldest on the island built in 1635 to defend the port from enemy ships and part of the historic part of Willemstad declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We reach Scharloo, an amazing historical-residential quarter* featuring picturesque buildings erected by rich Dutch merchants during the 19th century.
- The train then takes us to the Pietermaai Cathedral, also known as Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, the largest church on the island and cathedral of the Willemstad dioceses. The church was built in 1870 in the Pietermaai district and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 as it is part of the historic city and port of Willemstad. The so-called floating market is located nearby. Here, Venezuelan traders sell fish and vegetables directly from their boats.
- We head back to Fort Amsterdam where we get the chance to visit the small citadel turned seat of the Curaçao Government and Parliament. The church is located on the back part of the courtyard. It is the oldest Protestant church in Curaçao and also includes a museum.
Good to know
- To get back to the ship, we can either take a taxi or hang around the centre and go back on foot with a short walk.
- During the tour, the guide will provide information in English only.
- We recommend bringing insect repellent with you.