After discovering hundreds of padlocks affixed to the Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris I decided I had to learn more about this increasingly popular trend. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m a big romantic deep down but to see the rows of love locks is a beautiful sight.
In many of the cities I’ve visited I’ve been on the hunt for love locks, their stories or equivalents; of course, after finding them in Helsinki, I was curious to know if the Danish people had joined in the love lock trend.
I’d been told by a few locals that there was a pedestrian bridge on the edge of the city where Danish couples came to express their love and so, on my last day in Copenhagen, I set out to find this place.
Tucked behind the giant Fisketorvet Shopping Centre, on a street called Havneholmen, is Bryggebroen, the pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning the distance between Kalvebod Brygge and Islands Brygge, connecting Vesterbroon Zealand and Amager.
It almost looks naked but there, placed every so often along the railing was a single padlock rattling against the metal of the bridge in the strengthening winds. Towards the centre of the bridge the numbers grew and I got snap happy, fighting to keep my camera dry from the on-again, off-again rains.
Leaning over the bridge, gazing along the Sydhavnen – that’s South Harbour for the English speakers – the moody Danish day didn’t seem to want to improve as raindrops showered down and the grey skies created a moody backdrop perfectly complimenting the modern architecture, almost blending into the colour of the water rushing underfoot and a stark contrast to the colourful locks strewn across the bridge.
The padlocks adorning Bryggebroen may be among my favourite I’ve seen so far. Though simple in shape and design, and while the placement of colourful babies dummies confused me, two locks in particular, adorned with phrases, have captivated me:
“In us we believe, In love we trust. Daniella + Gregor 2013″
“There’s a world out there that we should see. David & Nancy”
Unfortunately, locals predict that upon completion of the pedestrian bridge in trendy Nyhavn the love locks will be relocated there and Bryggebroen may be forgotten about. A place special only to those who have left their mark, their love locked tight, in years gone by.
Now it’s over to you:
Where have you found love locks?
Would you place a love locks with your love?
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Bryggebroen is a pedestrian and cycling bridge located between Kalvebod Brygge (west) and Islands Brygge (east), connecting Vesterbroon Zealand and Amager.
The bridge is located just outside the city behind the Fisketorvet Shopping Centre and in front of Aller Media House (Havneholmen 33).
The 991 and 992 bus stops near the bridge on the Islands Brygge side, while the 30 and 97N stop on the main road outside the Fisketorvet Shopping Centre on the Kalvebod Brygge side.
The Dybbølsbro Metro Station, Lines A, B, BX, C, E, and H, all stop just a 7 minute walk away from Bryggebroen.
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