Love Locks of The Rhine~

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We have just arrived, jet-lagged, in Cologne, Germany. The Cologne Cathedral is on beautiful display outside our hotel window. It is stunning at sunset.
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The Hohenzollern Bridge over The Rhine River leads into the old city. Every inch of the bridge fencing on one side is covered with hundreds of thousands of “love locks!”
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Lovers place these locks on the bridge swearing ever-lasting love and toss the keys into the Rhine.
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We are traveling and I will be blogging as we go. Please understand that I will not be able to follow and comment on your posts as much as I would like. I will check in though, whenever I can.
Until then, cheers to you from beautiful Cologne Germany~

172 thoughts on “Love Locks of The Rhine~

  1. Cindy, this is a fascinating story about this bridge. I am going to research it a bit and possibly write a poem or prose poem about it–not sure yet–but would you mind if I used the last photo on your post if I did?
    Hope your vacation is going well. Best>KB

  2. That means, that you are now only 600 Kilometers away! 🙂
    My wife is born in Cologne and I know the town very good. I hope you will have a lot of fun! Kind greetings from Stefan

      • I’ll tell her! 🙂
        There are so many stunning places in this world (and yor home area is one of them), but Germany also is worth living here. Especially Bavaria – where we live right now, is very beautiful…
        Have fun, Cindy!!!

  3. By the way… these lovelocks are more dangerous as one might think. In those giant numbers they are very heavy – their weight reaches tons! There have been documented the first breakdowns of bridge-rails or even small bridges. 😯
    As result they are forbidden in some early reacting towns…

  4. I love the locks! And Germany! Oh man. Cant wait for this series. Our son went to Germany last year for a month and had a great time!

  5. We had never heard of or seen love locks until we toured Russia. They were locked onto man-made “trees” on bridges. A wonderful tradition, for sure, but our guide said that over half of marriages end in divorce. So we wondered what happened to all those locks after the marriage has ended! Travel safely.

    • The locks I fear last longer than the love! Apparently the tradition started in Italy. We are going to Russia on this trip so I will certainly look for these locks. Thank you for alerting me~

  6. Lol – have you ever been there?
    In Cologne there are no more pickpockets than in any other big city in the world, probably it’s even more safe than most. Travel to New York, Machu Picchu, London, Paris, Istanbul or any big african City and you know, what it means to be unsafe 😉

  7. Hope you have a speedy recovery from the jet-lag and welcome to Germany. I hope you have a great time and can visit as many interesting places as possible (so we get the photos later on). :-Should your hotel burn down or the journey to Russia be delayed, you would certainly be welcome. Have a nice and safe journey!

  8. Aaah, late summer in Germany. I was there for almost ten years, but mostly in Berlin. May I deduce from your name that you’re of German heritage? Sprichst Du auch Deutch? I didn’t get a chance to spend as much time in Köln as I would have liked, but we had good friends farther downstream. Have a lovely time, and thanks for taking the time to answer my comment and for following me!

    • Ich bin alles bisschen von allem, einschlieBlich Deutsch. Mein Mann ist 100% Deutsch-Amerikaner. Wir lieben Reisen in Deutschland und tun es regelmaBig. Vielen Dank fur Ihre Meinung!

  9. Very nice and thank you for sharing the sights as you go. For the locks that put on the bridge, I have been wondering whether the original design considered extra static weight (and keep on adding) from those locks or not. They concern me a bit.

  10. Oh goody, we are in for a treat… gorgeous photos of European cities. My niece lives in Cologne, Germany, and I have visited her for 3 or 4 times. Where else do you have in your itinirary? Have a great time!

    • Oooooh we are going lots of places! Stayed tuned and be surprised, Lots of firsts on this trip for me as we are heading out of our usual haunts. Today I am acclimated and feel like I am in Europe!!! Wooo Hooo~

  11. Wunderschöne Bilder von Köln am Rein ich wohne ja in Köln ist eine schöne Stadt hoffenlich war der Urlaub schön.Liebe Grüße und einen schönen Tag.Gruß Gislinde

    • Ich hatte keine Ahnung, dass du in Köln gelebt! Es ist so schön! Wir verlassen Köln morgen. Ich hätte gerne, um Sie Gislinde getroffen haben und es tut mir leid ich die Chance verpasst. Ihre Stadt ist herrlicher!

  12. Liebe Cindy kaum bist du in Köln angekommen und schon hast du die Sonne mitgebracht ja Köln ist eine Reise wert,hast du schon das Kölsch probiert und ein Halver Hahn ist ein Röggelchen mit dicken Käse und Butter ?? schöne Zeit wünscht dir Klaus

    • Ich werde es versuchen! Es klingt lecker! Ich habe den Verzehr von viel Schnitzel, spaetzel, Rotkohl und Gewürzgurken. Ich verehre Deutschland und deutsche Küche! <3 <3

  13. I just heard a story on this about the love locks and how it is bearing down too much pressure on the bridge. I don’t know if it is true or not, but it is really nice to actually visualize it. Beautiful photos.

    • WOW!!! See above! Clever Yellow Cable voiced this concern. The cumulative weight must be formidable. I did see an article awhile ago that I paid no attention to about finding another way to mark your love. Interesting & thanks for pointing it out~

  14. May your travels be safe, joyful and renewing! Köln is a gorgeous city and its cathedral one of my favorites. Please enjoy it for me to the fullest! Happy wandering.
    Kathryn

    • Yes, so do I, whenever I am not here. There is something truly remarkable about the place, the food, the friendly people, the charming villages, the constant green, and the Bavarian country life and furniture. I am hooked on Germay!

  15. Hey Cindy: Can’t tell you how much we’ve missed visiting your blog!!! We’ve been locked away the past two months trying to finish Book #2 in our P-7 series. But we’re almost done & can’t wait to get back to our blogosphere & favorite haunts!! All this post did was make us hungry for your beautiful pictures!! These are breathtaking Cindy!!! Once again you leave us in awe!! Sharing this now. 😉 xo <3

    • I know about your book and can’t wait to read it!! I’m thinking you two should come to Brugge where I am no. It would be a wonderful place to write and then there is the chocolate…….. 🙂
      <3 <3

  16. Cindy!!!…
    I loved the meaning behind those locks…
    A sort of german version of the italian Trevi Fountain and the coins !…
    Thanks for sharing. All my best wishes to you,
    Aquileana 😀

  17. Kholn…I simply loved it when I visited it some years ago, during Christmas holidays…so beautiful!
    Anyway, do you know the trendsetter of lovers’ padlocks in a bridge was an italian writer? He starts this trend by his novel for young people, titled “three meters above the sky”, nice story…his name is Federico Moccia 😉

    • I remember seeing these locks in Italy but I do not know this story and will research it. It sounds lovely and very Italian! Vive Italia. I can’t believe we are not visiting this trip, we nearly always do!!! <3 <3

  18. I’m having a bit of trouble getting a post reply in here and there, but will try again. 🙂 I am really enjoying all your wonderful photos and love them all. and see that you are reading mine. Thanks so much. I will continue to read and follow yours and enjoy all I see. 🙂

  19. Such a wonderful way to demonstrate the diverse and beauty in ‘locks’ Cindy! I loved the gorgeous sky in the first picture! I am enthralled with the ‘love locks’ on the bridge of the Rhine. this reminds me of “Letters to Juliet” and the way they are given such prominence in France. The one with the crocodile or alligator is so cool, along with the photo of all of them combined. Thanks for the views, Cindy!

    • One of the loveliest trips in the world, passing through some of the most idyllic villages, and of course the incredible German food. You will have the most delightful time!

  20. Gorgeous photos, Cindy! You certainly picked the best place in Cologne, what a grand location. It’s my favourite place in town (only 20 minutes away from Bonn where I live); the Hohenzollernbridge and the Cathedral always present a different look and magic. Funny; there are more than 35.000 love locks on this bridge. I made a post on the locks a couple of years ago (Forever Love) and your two last images show the same locks I posted! 🙂
    Happy travelling!

    • Wow that is synchronisitic and gives me goose bumps! You are so lucky to live in one of my most favorite places. I am posting soon on Warnemunde, what a wonderful surprise this place was! Cheers to you and thank you~

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