Love Lock Bridge : Hohenzollern Bridge

Vagabond Tim
Construction of this bridge was completed in 1911 after the demolition of the old bridge. During the second world war the allies bombed the bridge almost daily, yet it sustained only minor damage. Finally when the allies were about to invade Cologne the Germans blew it up themselves, presumably out of spite. It was rebuilt shortly after the war and remains in use today for both train and foot traffic.

For reasons largely unknown in about 2008 people began attaching love locks to the bridge, and when there ceased to be room for more locks, to other preexisting locks. The resulting patchwork of iron and steel forms a dense wall almost impenetrable by light, years of rusting have caused many of the locks to become permanently fused to one another.

There is a long and somewhat mythical history surrounding the love locks and their appearance around the world. In keeping with the astounding ability of Asia to generate absurd and awesome folklore they have some of my favorite explanations, including magnetic wish granting fields generated by passing trains. Greece, not to be outdone in the field of crazy folklore answers right back with the story of Nada and Relja.

Of all the many things to see in Cologne the love lock bridge stands out as the most honest and important, primarily due to it not being intended to draw in tourists.

Even from a great distance the patchwork of locks is visible along the pedestrian guard rail.

Even from a great distance the patchwork of locks is visible along the pedestrian guard rail.

When viewed close up it absolutely solid wall of steel is impressive and heartwarming

When viewed up close the absolutely solid wall of steel is impressive and heartwarming

In sadly stereotypical German fashion Deutsche Bahn tried to remove the locks as they represent something other than miserable efficiency

In sadly stereotypical German fashion Deutsche Bahn tried to remove the locks as they represent something other than misery and cold efficiency

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