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Handelskade

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that...

Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.

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Astonishing view on a super characteristic site of Willemstad

The buildings and bridges in the city of Willemstad are a must-see site when visiting Curacao. It breathes the colonial history and is a unique view of a city that was once... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Laren, The Netherlands
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Laren, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings and bridges in the city of Willemstad are a must-see site when visiting Curacao. It breathes the colonial history and is a unique view of a city that was once established by the Dutch. It's the called the "Handelskade' which is translated quay of trade and the Dutch are well-known from trade. It's a tipical spot because of... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The Handelskade is a must see if you visit Curacao. We heard so much about it before we arrived, it was the first place we had to see after we got off our cruise ship. It is so Iconic, most of the gift shops sell a cool small model of the buildings. Also make sure you spend time close to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I love to walk the handelskader because it has great views of (historic) Otrabanda; a good place to relax, enjoy a drink and cool of. Always cool to go into the inner streets for shopping and get in touch with the locals

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Northern New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Handelskade is where all the beautiful colored buildings are lined up on the shoreline street and it's where you see all of the postcards from Curacao. Go on the Emma Pontoon Bridge and get a nice shot of the buildings. It's very pretty and while you're down there you can enjoy one of the waterfront cafes or walk around and... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

During your holiday I would suggest to make time just for a short visit. It really is the face of beautiful Curacao. Have a drink or meal and enjoy the view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

What a beautiful and colorful town to stroll through, one building lining the waterfront more colorful than the next. Take a stroll during the day and pass a multitude of shpos and cafes.

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West Plains, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was the thing I was most excited about seeing in Curacao. It did not let me down! We went back several times, during the day and at night. It was equally beautiful at both times.

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Turnhout, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Go in the late afternoon, when the sun is in the right position, The view is spectacular. As you walk across the Emma-bridge, many more details become visible!

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Bayreuth, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Nice and colorful buildings. Really nice to look during the sunset. But don't forget, it's just houses....

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The scenery view of the colored houses is a must see in Willemstad. Don't forget to visit it by night as well.

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