Symbols of Love

One of the things that we have found interesting during our time here in Germany are the bridges that are covered in “love locks”, which are various locks clamped to the sides of the bridges. They are meant to be a sign of enduring love, an opportunity to show that couples are bound to each other throughout time, that they are one with each other. We are sure that some people find them to be a bit of an eyesore, but considering their message of optimism and hope, we have found them to be more of an image of beauty rather than of defecation. This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Repurpose, so we thought that we would share a few photos of the love locks that we have seen since our arrival here in Europe.


Cologne Germany


Frankfurt, Germany


The Two of Us on the Bridge in Cologne


Growing Signs of Love


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11 Responses to Symbols of Love

  1. Bea dM says:

    They can be found all over the world, but I haven’t found out where the custom originated. Have you?

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  2. thegreyeye says:

    Hi, it is beautiful. It seems, cologne is so near to France, so they have the love lock bridge like paris

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  3. tgeriatrix says:

    In Heidelberg, there is a special “Love Stone” to put all the love locks on. The old bridge wouldn’t stand the weight. In most cities every few years the locks have to removed because of the weight.

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  4. Interesting. You two look lovely!

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  5. My first experience witnessing this phenomenon was on the Cliff Walk in Newport RI. Many communities are trying to end this tradition but it looks like it started over 100 years ago in Serbia then was rekindled in 2000. Interesting that so many people know and bring their locks to certain locations.

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  6. Really, really ugly. Also, extremely bad for the unfortunate bridge. There have to be better ways to express your (theoretically) eternal devotion than by defacing the environment.

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