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Sunday, 11 December 2011
Hanging Love Padlocks in Hohenzollern Bridge
When I saw some years ago these padlocks hanging in the steel nets of Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, I thought they were padlocks
for the bikes. Once we held a conference for Babaylan Europe, our hotel and conference site was across the bridge coming
from the main station and this gave me many chances to see the steel nets of padlocks again and observe at a close range
the romantic ritual of kissing, hugging, hanging the padlocks and throwing the keys to the river. Of course, with much
camera clicking as you can imagine.
Nope, not for their bikes but for their love as I learned later.
This is the famous Hohenzollern Bridge where lovers come, bringing their padlocks, kiss and swear love to each other,
hang the padlocks and throw the keys to Rhein (river Rhine) below.
If you have extra time when visiting the Dom City, go near the bridge and enjoy
the view of the river and the old city. True friendship could also be symbolically
sealed with padlocks before you indulge in not so much romantic activities like drinking famous Kölsch and eating
German sausages and pork knuckles.
And when lovers spats break out later for whatever reason, remember your relationship has been
sealed in this lovelock and the key is never to be found again.