This phenomenon really intrigues me. Declaring your love for someone by locking a padlock onto a bridge is such a bizarre concept, but it has really taken off! Frankfurt was the first place I’d been where I saw it in person, we walked up the steps to the Eiserner Steg bridge, and on a fairly grey day, I suddenly noticed all these tiny multi-coloured things glinting back at me! We then spent about 45 minutes examining them all, aiming to find the oldest ones (harder to find as they are underneath the newer ones!) It was 1 degree, so these little locks were FREEZING to touch, but we warmed up with a hot chocolate afterwards!
This article has some amazing pictures and a little bit of the history, and of course wikipedia has more info!
The writing on this is SO small (& German) it must’ve taken ages to do! But there are websites that you can order specially personalised padlocks from! I only found this out from researching the thing, but they’re very pretty! More articles here too
I think it so amazing that each padlock tells a story of the couple, the blue one above signifies 70 years… where did they meet? where are they from?
Unfortunately some authorities don’t like the idea, like Paris because they think it will damage the structure/paintwork (they may have a point, but what spoilsports!)
As we had no idea that there was a bridge to which you could click your padlocks on, we used the one from Sam’s suitcase, and some nail polish that I had drunkenly purchased the night before, and DIY’d it! We saw the bridge on the first day of our trip, and took a walk back there on the last day to affix our own!
We then ceremoniously flung our keys into the river Main, and hoped that a fish didn’t eat them and get a squiffy belly.
How awesome is this tree in Moscow. Unfortunately google cant seem to find any pictures of UK padlock locking locations, do you know of any?
s this too lovey-dovey for you? Ever etched yours and your loved ones initials into something, think back to your teenage years… & what’s the biggest declaration of love anybody has ever made for you?!