Posts tagged ‘love locks’
(Liebesgeschichten in Köln)
“Love locks” (Liebesschlösser) are for many a concrete declaration and manifestation of new and continuing love.
Found also in other places around the world, these locks now decorate the south fence of the Hohenzollernbrücke bridge in Köln (Cologne), Germany. Since their appearance here in 2008, the locks have been described by various sources, including the following from Germany and written in English:
- Locks of love tinkling in Cologne – Rhein Online
- Cologne Gets a Lock on Love – Deutsche Welle
- Folklorists baffled over ‘love locks’ in Cologne – The Local
At the end of September 2011, Altweibersommer or Germany’s version of “Indian summer” was in full effect with warm sunny days and many people escaping work and school to spend as much possible time lounging along the river Rhein.
I’ve been to Köln frequently to visit friends, drink Kölsch, eat döner. The conditions were perfect, and curiosity got the better of me – I finally made my way to the Hohenzollernbrücke.
After taking my own time on the bridge, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and shape of locks, and by the various inscriptions.
(Liebesschlösser an der Hohenzollernbrücke)
I made all of the photos above on 29 September and 1 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
PostScript: Anita Mac wrote about a different and historical perspective to the locks she found and photographed in Prague. She also provides a wonderful summary (and a bucket list!) of where else in the world love locks appear.