One of the best parts about living in Germany is being able to devote time to being a local. There’s no need to go to Köln and rush around, trying to see all the sights in a jam-packed itinerary for two days. You have the liberty of time to stop and notice the little things that busy tourists might otherwise pass by (or quickly snap a photo of and move on).
One afternoon in Köln I spent some quality time looking at the locks that couples have locked on the Hohenzollern Bridge. It was a bit dodgy, taking pictures while tourists nudged my elbows and bicycles whizzed past me. Nevertheless, I managed to capture some of my favorites:
Some of the locks commemorated weddings, with matching wedding bands locked together. (A popular idea, but Eric and Tanja’s lock won out.)
(Imagine if it said, “Nein!” instead. I know, I know, that’s very unsympathetic…)
What this one lacks in looks, it makes up for in size (and in creative names).
(This sounds like something I would say. Awkward.)
Let’s hope this lock just commemorated their 10 year anniversary, not a divorce after 10 years. (I kid, I kid.)
This wins the most random lock award. “Taddel” and “Lind Ling” are some weird pet names. And I’m sincerely hoping that the caterpillar and Squidward-esque additions aren’t 100% accurate likenesses of “Taddel” and “Ling Ling.”
Budda was a popular choice for the more elaborate locks.
A beautiful sentiment on some not so beautiful locks. I’m pretty sure orange is only popular if you’re a pumpkin or an…orange.
Nothing says, “I love you,” like a salamander. Unless, of course, you are a salamander.
Or, perhaps just skip the traditional lock altogether and go for a giant fish. (To complete it, they should have engraved it with, “You’re quite the catch!” Thank you, thank you, I’ll stick around after the show.)
Which lock is your favorite?