Monday, 26 April 2010

Love Locks - Hohenzollern bridge Cologne

The "Love locks" on Cologne's Hohenzollern bridge in can be intriguing for those walking past, or when viewed from the trains which sometimes stop while waiting for platform space at the main station.

The practice of couples leaving a padlock, which is usually embellished in some way, with painted of engraved names or monograms, is quite common in many other countries around the world.

In Germany it's been a growing trend since late summer in 2008, when the first love locks started to appear. Deutsche Bahn was apparently keen to have them remove, but bowed down after a public out-cry, so the custom is currently allowed to continue with DB turning a blind eye on the practice for the mean time.

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Edit: Added a video from 31st May 2012 which shows the build up of Love locks.