Love locks – where to see them

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The love padlock tradition has been around for a while, but it became a worldwide craze with the publication of Federico Moccia’s two novels – Tre Metri sopra il Cielo (Three metres above the sky) and Ho Voglia di Te (I Desire You).

According to the legend, lovers in Rome who write their names on a padlock, attach it to the third lamppost on the Ponte Milvio’s northern side and throw the key into the Tiber will remain together forever.

Sadly, the authorities in Rome cleared the Ponte Milvio of the love locks in September 2012. Dublin City Council acted quickly in January 2012, cutting off the love locks which had adorned the Ha’penny Bridge.

Our gorgeous, featured image (above) of love locks in London is by ciglieggia.

Incense, locks and love at Mount Tai, Shandong Province, China
Incense, locks and love at Mount Tai, Shandong Province, China. Photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
Budapest, Hungary
In Budapest, Hungary, happy couples place a lock on the fence around this tree and then throw the key in the river. Photo by William Schaffert
Love lock on the Millennium Bridge in London
Love lock on the Millennium Bridge in London. Photo by Betsy Weber
Love padlocks in Seville, Spain
In Seville, Spain, tradition dictates that after lovers fasten the padlock to the railings of the bridge, they then throw the keys into the Guadalquivir River as a token of their undying love. Photo by WVJazzman
Dublin, Ireland
The City Council may have cleared the love locks from Dublin in January but by June 26 2012 (when colleen trahan took this lovely photo) they had made a reappearance.
Love locks in Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic
Love locks in Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by larsen & co
Rome
Love locks in Portuense, Rome. Photo by Evan Bench
Lombardy, Italy
“Uniti x sempre” – “together forever” in Lombardy, Italy. Photo by Veridiano3
Love locks in Venice
Love locks in Venice. Photo by Violet Morton, a girl with her camera
The Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, Florence
The Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, Florence. Photo by Azuk
Love locks in Maspalomas, Canary Islands
Love locks in Maspalomas, Canary Islands. Photo by Brian Prout
Love trees on Luzhkov Bridge, Moscow
It’s traditional for newlywed Russians to share a kiss on a bridge. It’s said to bring good luck to the happy couple. The pedestrian Luzhkov Bridge that spans the Moskva River features trees, “planted” so that lovers can attach their love locks. Photo by juniorpeaches
The Pont des Arts, Paris
The Pont des Arts, Paris. Photo by Shaun Merritt
Love locks on the Pont des Arts, Paris
Love locks on the Pont des Arts, Paris. Photo by Jim Linwood
Pont de l'Archevêché, Paris
Pont de l’Archevêché. Love locks on the bridge between the Rive Gauche and Île de la Cité. Photo by 4Stone
Kalinigrad, Russia
Kaliningrad, Russia. Photo by Tormod Fauskrud
Moscow
Moscow. Photo by Daniel Cruz Valle
Love padlocks in Moscow
Love padlocks in the park around Novodevichy Convent, Moscow. Photo by Ralf Smallkaa
Tiraspol, Moldova
Tiraspol, Moldova. Photo by Michael Day
Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw, Poland
Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw, Poland. Photo by Marcin Kargol
Naples
Naples, Italy. Photo by Alessandro T.
Guam
Guam. Photo by chotda
Fuessen, Germany
Fuessen, Germany. Photo by jacqui_mae
Love locks on the Eiserner Steg Bridge in Frankfurt
Love locks on the Eiserner Steg Bridge in Frankfurt. Photo by getting around
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany. Photo by rachel_titiriga
Huangshan, China
Huangshan, China. Photo by Diver T.
Korea
Korea. Photo by beatplusmelody
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea. Photo by seafaringwoman
Busan, Korea
Busan, Korea. Photo by Lubo Zviera Ryba
Padlocks on Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Padlocks on Brooklyn Bridge, New York. Photo by Charles Dyer

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Love locks – where to see them was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!