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I visited Cologne a few days ago. It's such a great and dynamic city with lovers all around!

Love padlocks are a custom by which sweethearts affix padlocks to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolise their love. Since 2008, love locks have started appearing on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. The bridge is 409.19 meters long and is full of these locks between the sidewalk and the tracks. Usually, the loving couple throws the key in the river below... Deutsche Bahn, the bridge's operator, threatened to have the locks removed, but relented in the face of public opposition.

The bridge is a huge construction but these locks give it such a romantic dimension... I'll soon post a big panoramic view showing all the city from a high skyscraper...

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10
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:icony22799:
y22799 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
a lovely photo...

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:iconmaur1n:
maur1n Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
That's sweet! I want to put a padlock there too!
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:iconnerroo:
NeRrOo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
omg !!!!
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:iconcloverdeer:
Cloverdeer Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
oh god...thats a lot of padlocks~ :O
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:iconjien-chan:
Jien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
I'm not normally a romantic person (at least not when it comes to my own, personal life), but some day, I want to find a person worthy to put a padlock at the Hohenzollern Bridge with.
:)
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:iconmidnightxlover:
midnightxlover Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is incredibly romantic. I live in a small town and the people don't really do this anymore. I find this picture to be very inspirational and I just love it. A lot of the locks are the same type and style of lock but I like how each on is special because the names of the sweethearts are on it. Very good picture.
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Memory-Clock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Beautiful, not just by the way you captured it, but because mankind has used this as a symbol of love, to show love. People where I live (Brainerd, Minnesota,) seem to have forgoten this, forgotten love and art.
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petebritney Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
this uplifts the very core of my soul :')
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neo-ricochet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Hey Ben, nice shot! This would fit like the 360° of Cologne perfectly in our "Love for Cologne" ! ;)

By the way, i had have quiet the same idea! ^^

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Greetz
Jos
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:iconartsynerd94:
artsynerd94 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so cool
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:iconlovemylittlelie:
lovemylittlelie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
awe :heart:
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:icononepurplemoose:
onepurplemoose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Hmm...there's something like that in Korea. Pretty amazing, if you ask me.
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LadyTashigi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Yeah, you visit Köln! I love this place in Köln!
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:icontinoc1:
tinoc1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Photographer
oh it's getting crowded ;)
i remenmber that bridge without that much on it and that was just last year
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
it's bigger every month, that's totally crazy
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:iconrancidazn:
RancidAzn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student Photographer
Love that background history of the photo. Mad chill concept
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:iconmizuki-chinatsu:
mizuki-chinatsu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard of another place like this in Japan. Great picture!
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smilingbooger Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I read about this online before I see your pictures, very awesome :)
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you
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SakuraHyuga Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I´m living in Cologne and I´ve seen these love padlocks nearly everyday. I got used to that, but your pic reminds me of the meaning of the locks. I noticed for the first time that on some caplocks something is written.
Still wondering what happens when the lovers break up...
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha, yes, right.... See you in Cologne next time?
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:icondacedarrien:
Dacedarrien Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Writer
Hmm I'll be there on Monday, something to do!
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musicality1993 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Photographer
this is amazing
id love to go there
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:iconabiparmenter:
abiparmenter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
wow.. this is beautiful.. all to symbolise love :meow: so cute! :love:
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kazaki03 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UWAA THAT's a lot. xD
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fluffy-ninja356 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
this is definitely interesting :aww:
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FunkyPhotoFarm Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
that is amazingly amazing :)
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:icondali-la:
Dali-la Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Wow! That's spontaneous! Awesome!
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AquaticEchos Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Photographer
I love how there is a pacifier hooked to one of padlocks.
Wonderful photograph :clap:
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Sleeping143 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really cool photo, the bokeh is perfect. Really interesting background, and the sheer quantity of locks is amazing!
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