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Kölner Dom, Hohenzollernbrücke, Köln, Cologne, Germany, fotoeins.com

Cologne’s two grand landmarks

Give them any excuse, the people in Köln (Cologne) love to party at any time. It’s a wonder but no surprise this is where I find some of the happiest people in the country. As the calendar flips to a new year, the time heralds the annual shenanigans of the Kölner Karneval. For residents and visitors, two of the best-known landmarks in the city are the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and the Hohenzollernbrücke (Hohenzollern Bridge).

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Love stories in Cologne

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:

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.


Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

“Bridge lock including engraving, from 29.50 Euros …”

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Ribbon and memento

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Lining up the locks

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Out of pure love | aus lauter Liebe

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

A mysterious (love-) equation.

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Hohenzollernbrücke: Cathedral (left), RE5 train to Emmerich (right).

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Our journey together | unsere gemeinsame Reise

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Silver wedding anniversary | zur silbernen Hochzeit

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

The key to unlocking someone’s shell

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Design

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Sacred figure

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Furious directive or willful fantasy?

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Hey you | Hey du

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Honey | Schatzi

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

The big five-oh

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Well worn

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Will you marry me? | Willst du mich Heiraten?

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

A and J

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Rainbow love

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

More rainbow love

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

“Love is only a four letter word.”

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

What does it say about society when a padlock is a symbol for love? | Was ist das für eine Gesellschaft in der das Symbol für Liebe ein Vorhängeschloss ist?

Love locks: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

Watchful eye by dawn


Most of the love-locks on Cologne’s Hohenzollernbrücke are on the south side of the bridge. Shown in the map below are the west (blue) and east (green) approaches on foot, after alighting from trains at either Cologne Main Train Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof, Köln Hbf) or Cologne Messe/Deutz Station (K-Messe/Deutz), respectively. Regional trains, S-Bahn trains, and local U-Bahn trains pass through both stations on either side of the river Rhein.

I made all of the photos above on 29 September and 1 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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