A taxi will take you across the Queen Juliana Bridge 200 feet above Willemstad, offering a magnificent view of the capital, to your waiting Trolley Train. Your tour begins at Fort Amsterdam, and then it's off to Scharloo, a former residential neighborhood lined with picturesque homes built by Curacao's wealthy merchants during the 1880s. You'll stop at Bolo di Bruit, known as the wedding cake house and the city's most photographed building. Leaving Scharloo, you'll pass Pietermaai Cathedral, the largest and most impressive on the island. Your train continues by many interesting sights, including the floating market on Sha Caprilleskade, where Venezuelan merchants sell fish and vegetables from their boats. Stop at the Mikve Israel Emmanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, you'll see Queen Wilhelmina Park, the scene of frequent cultural events, and Waterfort Arches, an imposing fortress that was the site of the Willhem III Barracks. Finally, you'll visit Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships. At the rear of the courtyard is Fort Church, Curacao's oldest Protestant church. At the end of the tour you can stay in town (and find your own way back to your ship which is a short walk from town) or be taken by taxi back to your ship.
Note: A photo stop will be made at the Pietermaai Cathedral. If the cathedral is open, you may enter. Entrance to the Jewish synagogue is not guaranteed.
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Curacao is a charming island. Willemstad is brightly colored, diverse, and bustling. The trolley train was the perfect way to get a glimpse of daily life and the history of this fascinating place. Sometimes its nice to move slowly. The trolley ride was relaxing and fun. Our guide showed us interesting houses, churches, and schools. We passed the street market where merchants sail from Venezuela to sell their goods. The total tour took a little over an hour. Its meant as a snapshot of just part of Willemstad. We did this tour in the morning. For a broader view of the island, we did Discover Curacao in the afternoon. I highly recommend the Willemstad Trolley Train for anyone who wants to learn about a beautiful place in a fun and relaxed setting!