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Love locks, Eiserner Steg, Iron Footbridge, Main river, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Crown of locks on Frankfurt’s Eiserner Steg

The Eiserner Steg (Iron Footbridge, 1869) is a pedestrian-only bridge over the Main (word pronounced like “mine”) river in Frankfurt am Main which connects the city’s Römerberg and Old Town on the north flank with the Museum Embankment and Sachsenhausen on the south flank. My glance to the city’s “Main-hattan” skyline found clusters of love-locks hanging from the bridge structure. Whatever your opinions are about these love-locks, they make a great compositional feature.

Other love locks:

•   Cologne’s Hohenzollernbrücke
•   Heidelberg’s Alte Brücke (Old Bridge)

I made this photo above on 20 November 2014 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 L zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/20s, f/4, ISO4000 and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7WE.

Love locks, Alte Bruecke, Old Bridge, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: love locks on Heidelberg’s Old Bridge

There’s a well-used saying: “home is where the heart is.” Judging by what appears above, perhaps the saying should be modified to “the heart is where my home is.”

I’ve returned briefly to my former hometown of Heidelberg in time for the opening of the Christmas markets. I’m encountering a bright fall day and the sun shines brightly on the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), the Neckar river, and the mottled colours of fall’s leaves on the flanking hills. Some have begun attaching love locks on various places along the bridge. Regardless of opinion for or against, these locks provide splashes of colour in near-focus, contrasting with blur of colours in the background.

I made the photo above on 25 November 2014 with the Canon 6D camera, EF 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/2000s, f/4, ISO400, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com at http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6vx. Access to public transport was kindly provided by Heidelberg Marketing and the RNV (Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr) regional transport authority.

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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