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Love Locks in Copenhagen

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.

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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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Details

Bryggebroen
Havneholmen,
1561 København V

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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16 Comments

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    Aubrey
    February 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    This sounds like my kind of adventure! I love the idea of searching for lock bridges in different cities and these photos are great. I came across a little one in Venice last year, and I can’t wait to visit the famous bridge in Paris. So sad that these might have to be re-located, sounds like bad luck to me!

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    Sammi
    February 28, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I love lovelocks, I’m not really a romantic person but I think this is awesome. We’ve found them in Camden, there was a Valentine’s special in Covent Garden & along one of the bridges in Krakow, Poland, Budapest, Hungary has some. I love seeing them. 🙂

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    Chelsea
    February 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I absolutely loved this post! Beautiful photos. My partner and I have a love lock. We have yet to find the perfect place to lock it to. I see them a lot on bridges and touristy locations 🙂 Really love the photos

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    Johanna
    February 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    What an incredibly diverse and photogenic amount of locks. I love your photos. Who’d have thought a lock could look pretty? You’ve made me dead keen to go and see for myself 😉

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    Henry | @fotoeins
    February 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    After finding and photographing the locks in Köln, I made it a note to see if they would turn up elsewhere. I did find it interesting that someone had spray-painted a note on the bridge deck in Cologne about how we might run the danger of focusing too much on the “symbols of love” rather than the love itself. Thanks for writing about the locks in København, Nicole!

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    Heather
    March 3, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I left a love lock at N Seoul Tower after reading about it on your site! Since then I’ve only seen them in Budapest, but I’ll be moving to Europe soon and expect to find a lot more. I think it’s such a sweet idea, though those pacifiers are a little creepy.

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    Catherine
    March 5, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Had heard of the love locks in Paris a while ago, but only recently discovered they have them elsewhere. Going to have to see if there are in the UK now, would love to see them with my own eyes!

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    Beth
    March 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I love love locks and think the idea is so romantic! The first time I ever came across them was while in Japan– they’re everywhere! Every major attraction has at least somewhere for people to put their locks onto. Unfortunately at the time I was traveling solo with my fiancé back in the US… but I would love to go back and finally put on a lock together 🙂

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    Savi - Bruised Passports
    March 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hey Nicole,

    I quite like your fascination with finding places that have bridges with “love locks” – so much fun 🙂

    We have seen those in Paris (who hasn’t ;)) and Prague. Love the photographs you have posted here !

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    Sol de Dezembro
    March 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’ve seen them in Copenhagen, in Nyhavn 🙂
    http://wp.me/p3yilT-1Lu

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    Susane Morris
    April 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Though I am not really a thorough romantic, the idea of love locks seems fascinating to me as well. The pictures taken by you add to the entire feeling of enchantment. Wonderful!

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    Elena@Elena's Travelgram
    May 25, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Wow, the Danish people are really creative about the padlocks!

    There’s a bridge in Besancon, France where the tradition has just started. There’s around a dozen of love locks so far, but I bet there would be way more soon 🙂 It’s just in the city center close to Rue Battant.

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    Anna
    June 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I’m guessing the pacifiers are an extension of the ‘pacifier tree’ in Copenhagen http://classiccopenhagen.blogspot.dk/2014/03/the-pacifier-tree.html?m=1

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    Ann
    May 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Me and my boyfriend have our lovelock there <3

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