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Number 33: Lovelocks over the Rhein in Köln

Love locks, Hohenzollernbruecke, Koeln, Germany

Some say it’s ugly, and some say it’s sweet; there’s little middle ground when it comes to this public evidence of new love or endless love. Across the south side of a major railbridge over the river Rhein in Cologne are thousands of “love locks” or Liebeschlösser. Couples come here, secure a lock to acknowledge their devotion to each other, and throw the key over and into the river. You can see more photos of these locks here. “Aus lauter Liebe” is the title of the 2011 album by the Cologne-based band Klee, and translates roughly as “from a sonorous love.”

I made the photo above on 29 September 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Wide at


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