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.
“Bridge lock including engraving, from 29.50 Euros …”
Ribbon and memento
Lining up the locks
Out of pure love | aus lauter Liebe
A mysterious (love-) equation.
Hohenzollernbrücke: Cathedral (left), RE5 train to Emmerich (right).
Our journey together | unsere gemeinsame Reise
Silver wedding anniversary | zur silbernen Hochzeit
The key to unlocking someone’s shell
Furious directive or willful fantasy?
Hey you | Hey du
Honey | Schatzi
The big five-oh
Will you marry me? | Willst du mich Heiraten?
A and J
More rainbow love
“Love is only a four letter word.”
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?
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.