More and more couples are using padlocks as a declaration of love. The lock is hung on a bridge and the key thrown into the water to symbolise an everlasting relationship. Originally from Italy, this wonderful custom has developed into a widespread tradition.
Love Locks from ABUS are the ideal locks for this romantic custom, particularly prevalent on Valentine’s Day, the day of lovers. The Love Locks series – in bold red, with six romantic motifs and personalised engraving – is perfectly suited to a declaration of love on a bridge.
The T65AL/40 myLove has a protective plastic cover and comes with two different love motifs.
Newly available: The 72LL/40 in different colours and enlarged space for engravings.
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 sweethearts, with bridge railings and lamp posts 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 so-called “amorchetti” have grown into a beautiful, widespread tradition.
With an estimated 200,000 love locks, the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne is among the most popular in Germany. Love locks can now even be found on the Great Wall of China, on the Pont des Arts in Paris, the Kampa Bridge in Prague and the Lushkow Bridge in Moscow. The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is also among the most popular bridges for lovers. Needless to say that London would be incomplete without such a place. Here, the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames is considered to be the city’s love lock bridge.