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Helsinki’s Bridge of Love

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There doesn’t seem to be an exact date that it started but the sightings of love locks on bridges, railings overlooking famed icons or just scattered randomly have continued to grow around the world. From Paris to Cologne, Seoul to Chile, the craze continues to flourish.

I’ve never locked a padlock on anything fancier than my school locker, but these colourful, often engraved, pieces of metal endear me.
The time some people must put in to find the perfect lock, the markers they may have engraved, and how far people travel to place their locks in a special place, a declaration of their love.

It’s such a simple recipe – just lock the padlock, throw the keys into the water of the river and your love will last eternally – sounds almost too simple, right?

While many countries are concerned about the locks damaging the bridges and threatening to remove any of the lovelocks placed – like on Paris’ Pont de l’Archevêché – Finland’s capital, Helsinki, passed laws in 2010 allowing lovelocks on the cities bridges; a huge win to lovers and lovelock appreciatiors.

While lovelocks are allowed on any of the cities bridges one bridge is particularly popular despite its small size.
Rakkauden Silta – Helsinki’s Bridge of Love – crosses over a narrow section of the Vantaa river at Vanhankaupunginkoski, beneath the imposing Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.

Even amidst a snow storm and -16 degree temperatures I had fun looking at the messages of undying love on the petite but busy bridge and wondered when I’d return to place a lock, a reminder of love, as well.

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No matter what you think of these locks of love – artistic, romantic, tragic or as graffiti – the lovelock trend continues to grow.

I suppose there are worse ways to declare your undying love to the world.

Now it’s over to you:

What do you think of love locks?
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?

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Details

Rakkauden Silta

Rakkauden Silta is located beneath the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.
If you are travelling by car, ask to be taken to the restaurant Ravintola Sipuli. The bridge is out the front.

From the city centre, tram 4 and 4T stop just a short walk away from the bridge.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather
    February 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I love this trend! I left a love lock on Seoul Tower and hope to add to many others around the world 🙂

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    Jen
    February 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Great post Nicole. I’d love to put a lock on the bridge one day. It’s like leaving a small piece of your heart on the other side of the world.

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    Henry | @fotoeins
    February 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    That’s beauty, Nicole! I hadn’t realized Helsinki had its own “bridge of love.”

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    Adelina @ PackMeTo
    February 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I haven’t put a lock up, but I’ve seen plenty of these around Europe. I like looking at the locks individually as they tell a story, but en masse they’re kind of hard to look at.

    Happy travels!

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    Seattle Dredge
    February 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Whaat–I never saw this place *shakes fist* It was brave of you to check it out in the snow storm. I like the lizard lock and kind of want to steal it :p

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    Catherine
    February 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Had heard of the love bridge, but didn’t realise they had one in Helsinki too. I think it’s a great idea, a bit cheesy, but would love to go there with my boyfriend and add a padlock to the collection 🙂

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    Rhoody
    August 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I think it is a great idea.

    They tried it here in the Philippines, it did not work. During night squatters cam from the slums and stole the locks. Metal is money, and they have nothing. Sad but true.
    On the other side, if it paid for a kilo rice, the symbol of the love of two people may have fed a whole family for a day. So at the end of the day a great thing 🙂

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