More and more couples are using padlocks as a declaration of love. When hung on a bridge, the love lock symbolises that the relationship will be everlasting. But where does this custom actually come from?
The origin of love locks has little to do with love. Back in the 1950s and 60s, Italian soldiers would mark the end of their military service by attaching their locker padlocks to the railings of bridges.
In the 1990s, this practice was taken up by Italian couples, with bridge railings and lampposts throughout the country amassing collections of love locks – well-known examples include the Ponte Vecchio in Florence or the Ponte Milvio in Rome.
From there, these amorchetti grew into a lovely, widespread tradition. Many countries now have bridges that have become a meeting point for those in love.
In Germany, the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne is particularly popular - it’s estimated that it now holds more than 200,000 love locks!
|ABUS offers the ideal lock for this romantic custom. Love Locks come in a vibrant red – the colour of love – and with romantic designs for a perfect declaration of love on the bridge railings. Couples can choose from six designs, and locks can be personalised with name and/or wedding date engravings on the back.|
Love Locks from ABUS
With its myLove padlocks, ABUS also offers two more love locks in a different style. These are available in two beautiful designs.
As with Love Locks, the padlocks in the myLove range feature a body manufactured from high quality aluminium. However, these love locks are also finished with a plastic coating. Although the locks cannot be engraved, they can personalised using a permanent marker.