With Valentine’s day coming up soon I’m in the mood to share the love. Across Europe the phenomenon of love locks have taken hold. Everyone has heard of the love locks on the Pont des Arts in Paris where it all started. The story goes that lovers put their initials on the lock, secure it onto the bridge and throw the key into the river below the bridge as a symbol of their undying love. Much to the government’s dislike, these locks have gain popularity and it is said that the French government will cut off locks. But never fear, these locks have spread across Europe and the world now.
Here are a few unusual and unexpected places where I’ve found some love locks:
Forget declaring your love over the Danube river, Budapest offers a love tree. Set in the middle of Erzsébet tér, the tree is surrounded by a metal frame with heart shapes. Affixed to the frame are hundreds (maybe thousands?) of locks full of initials.
Despite its name and the grotesque image it may conjure, hanging off of the Butcher Bridge in Slovenia’s capital are a series of love locks. While not as full as others I’ve seen, what made this unique were what the locks were attached to. Along the bridge were stone animals where locks were attached. Others were also attached to the cables that were strung along the bridge.
Novi Sad, Serbia
Another unexpected location for love locks was on the Varadin Bridge. The lack of a proper sized railing didn’t deter lovers. Their solution? Adding a chain to the bridge. Over time, others attached their own locks on top of others creating a massive cluster of locks in one small area.
What unusual places have you seen love locks? Have you put one up?