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Love locks

Created by Administrator 4 years ago.

Rules for this challenge:

  • Lots of locks in the picture

First for this challenge

  • Skipper
  • Rüdi
  • Walter

We've seen this phenomenon in some cities around Europe ourselfs and really like the idea of it. So why not make it a challenge!

It's not that hard to locate the locations (you can for example use the list at this page: but there are only limited places where these love locks are present hence the difficulty level for this challenge!

So grab your loved one (travelbuddy), locate a love lock locations and do this challenge. It's not required to actually place a lock ;)

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts and lovers lock to bridges, fences, gates, or similar public fixtures to symbolize their love.

Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations around the world!

There are varied explanations for the origin of love padlocks. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the 1992 book Three meters above the sky by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Tre metri sopra il cielo. Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War II. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. 

3 travelbuddie(s) did this challenge!

Walter did this challenge with the spot Lisbon (Portugal).

Submitted on: 06 December 2014

On one of the hills of Lisbon, Walter remembered that there was a challenge with love locks. So he was a little bit risky and sa down on the fench and took a photo with the locks.

Rüdi did this challenge with the spot Ljubljana

Submitted on: 09 June 2014

I was in Cologne but missed the opportunity to make a photo at Hohenzollernbridge. But last weekend a was in Ljubljana and at Butchers Bridge are love locks also. :-)

Skipper did this challenge with the spot Keulen - Cologne - Köln

Submitted on: 16 December 2013

When we visited Cologne we came across the "Hohenzollernbrcke bridge" full of these love locks, we've seen em before in Paris, Rome and Prague! It's a nice (yet a bit messy) form of showing the love :)