When a couple locks a padlock onto a structure to symbolise their love, it’s called a love lock. There are hundreds of love lock locations worldwide. Here is our list of the top five most famous love lock bridges in the world.
1. Mount Huang, China.
Huangshan is known as the ‘loveliest mountain in China’. The beautiful granite cliffs are thought to be where love locks first originated. Lovers inscribe their initials on the padlock, lock it on a fence and throw away the key among the cliffs as a token of their unbreakable love.
2. Ponte Milvio, Rome.
Lovers have flocked to the Milvian Bridge over the River Tiber since 2006, inspired by Moccia’s novel ‘Ho voglia di te’ (‘I want you’). Unfortunately, rust from the thousands of padlocks damaged the stone structure and in 2012 the authorities started to remove the padlocks with bolt-cutters.
3. Most Ljubavi, Serbia.
The aptly named ‘Bridge of Love’ in Vrnjačka Banja has been festooned with love locks for over 100 years. It is the most famous of the 15 bridges in the town.
4. Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne.
This bridge across the River Rhine is both a rail and a pedestrian bridge. Love locks adorn the fence between the footpath and the train tracks.
5. Pont Des Arts Bridge, Paris.
This pedestrian bridge across the Seine in France’s capital city links the Institut de France and the Palais du Louvre. It holds hundreds of thousands of padlocks, which featured in the 2013 film ‘Now You See Me’.