Love Lock Bridges Around the World!

Love is in the air this week and many couples around the world will be signifying their undying love by attaching a love lock with their initials engraved to a bridge and throwing the key into the water below; the love is then thought to be locked into place for eternity.

Love locks have become more and more popular over the last two decades with new love lock locations sprouting across the world. Take a look at our favourite 10 love lock bridges below!

 

Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia

Most Ljubavi or the ‘Bridge of Love’ in Serbia has had love padlocks secured to its bridge dating back over 100 years. This according to many sources is where the love lock tradition began, today there are hundreds of love locks lining the bridge and the story attracts visitors to the bridge from across the world.

Where is the love lock bridge in Serbia?

The love lock bridge in Serbia is located over the river Vrnjacka reka in the Park Promenade.

Can you still put love locks on Most Ljubavi?

Yes, currently you can still put love locks on Most Ljubavi and you can buy locks nearby.

 

Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France

The padlock bridge in Paris is arguably the most famous love lock bridge in the world situated conveniently in the ‘City of Love’.  Although it may be the most famous, the Pont des Arts Bridge love padlocks are no more. With hundreds of love locks being added every year the bridge could not cope with the weight which amounted to around 45 tonnes and posed a danger to the historical bridge and the people who walked across.

Where is the love lock bridge in Paris?

The love lock bridge in Paris is situated over the river Seine close to the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Can you still put a lock on the bridge in Paris?

No, due to the weight of thousands of locks Paris officials removed them and put up Plexiglass to prevent more being added.

Why did Paris remove lovelocks?

In 2015 Paris removed the lovelocks to help maintain the structure of the bridge as previously railings on the bridge had fallen off and there was a danger the bridge could deteriorate further.

What happened to the locks on Lovers Bridge?

Paris auctioned the locks in bundles or as the whole railing when they removed them from the bridge. They donated the money between three charities that were helping refugees in Paris and raised a total of €250,000.

pont des arts bridge

 

Luzhkoz Bridge, Moscow, Russia

To combat the potential hazard of damaging the structure of the bridge, Moscow installed metal ‘trees’ along the centre of the bridge which has space for hundreds of locks to be secured onto. The love lock trees became so popular that the authorities extended the trees to along the entire street that sits next to the canal.

Many brides and grooms visit the love lock trees on their wedding day to lock in their love and celebrate with a traditional toast of vodka!

Where is the love lock bridge in Moscow?

The love lock bridge in Moscow sits over the river Moskva River in the district of Tset near the State
Tretyakov Gallery.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Moscow?

To prevent damage to the structure of the bridge Moscow officials installed metal structures in the shape of trees to encourage visitors to continue with the love lock tradition without causing any damage.

 

Mt. Huangshan, China

Possibly the highest location where you will find the love lock tradition is Mount Huangshan which is often described as the ‘loveliest mountain of China’. It is renowned for its beautiful scenery which is why it has probably attracted couples as a place to place their love locks to lock in their love.

The tradition supposedly started here as it was inspired by a true story of love between a forbidden couple who jumped into the valley below so that they could be together forever.

Where are the love locks on Mt. Huangshan?

The love locks on Mt. Huangshan are particularly found on Lotus Peak which is 1,800m above sea level.

Can you still put love locks on at Mt. Huangshan?

Yes, you can put love locks on the mountain, as long as you aren’t afraid of heights!

 

Hohernzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

The love locks started appearing on the Hohernzollern Bridge in 2008, in 2011 they were counted and found that 40,000 padlocks had been attached to the bridge. It has been estimated that, that number is now 8 times higher!

The bridge is mostly full with padlocks now but there is still a small section of space left that is located in the last third of the bridge opposite Cologne Cathedral. Can’t make the trip to Cologne? Not to worry, you can add your virtual love lock here: http://www.lovelockbridge.cologne/index.html#virtual

Where is the love lock bridge in Cologne?

The Hohenzollern Bridge crosses the Rhine River and is located in the Innenstadt district, buses, trains and trams also cross over this bridge.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Cologne?

Yes, you can still add your love locks to the Hohenzollern Bridge, if you can find room that is!

cologne germany bridge at night

 

N Seoul Tower, Central Seoul, South Korea

The N Seoul Tower or the Namsan Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower based on Namsan Mountain in Seoul and is 236m above sea level. Like the rest many locals and tourists flock here to attach their love lock onto the railings of the observation deck. The N Seoul Tower encourages couples to leave their mark by selling the locks and have installed ‘heart’ benches that dip in the middle so that it forces the couple who sit upon closer together.

Instead of throwing the keys off the top of the tower as this poses as a danger to those below there is a post box at the top of the tower to post your key to keep the lock from being unlocked. Posting the key is a great idea that could be adopted by many other famous love lock bridges sites so that it does not end up in the sea and pose a threat to marine life.

Where are the love locks in Seoul?

The love locks in Seoul are found on the observation deck on the N Seoul Tower.

Can you still put love locks on N Seoul Tower?

Yes, you can still add love locks to the lock trees or the railings at the top of the N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower South Korea

The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam

In Amsterdam there used to be a two love lock bridges. First there was the Magere Brug more commonly known as the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam and the Staalmeesterbrug. From 2015 these locks have been removed due to the bridges not being able to operate properly as parts had been broken off.

Amsterdam is still a romantic city with its 165 canals and its ‘chocolate box’ houses. To symbolise your love with your partner in Amsterdam the tale goes that if you kiss your significant other whilst passing under the skinny bridge the love will last forever.

Where are the love locks in Amsterdam?

Previously the love locks were found on the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam but they have since all been removed.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Amsterdam?

No, since 2015 Amsterdam officials have removed all locks in Amsterdam in worry that they will cause damage to the bridges like they did in Paris.

amsterdam skinny bridge

 

Butchers Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Butchers Bridge overlooks the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The bridge was designed in 1930 by architect Jože Plečnik and was finally opened in 2010. Since its opening Butchers Bridge has become a popular spot for tourists to attach their love padlock to the bridge.

Where are the love locks in Ljubljana?

The love lock bridge in Slovenia is called Butchers Bridge and crosses the river Ljubljanica facing the bigger ‘Dragon Bridge’.

Can you still put love locks on Butchers Bridge?

Yes, you are still allowed to put love locks on Butchers Bridge in Slovenia. This is one of the few bridges left where love locks are permitted and there is still some space left at this current time.

 

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US

Brooklyn Bridge which opened in 1883 is part of the iconic New York City skyline and is a popular filming location for TV and film. Like many other love lock locations you are no longer allowed to attach love locks to Brooklyn Bridge.

The Department of Transportation said goodbye to the love locks after following suit of the Pont des Arts Bridge and after the weight of the locks snapped the street lights on the bridge due to the pressure and causing one of the lanes to close for two hours!

Where are the love locks in New York?

The love locks in New York used to be on Brooklyn Bridge in the Two Bridges district but have since been removed.

Can you still put love locks on Brooklyn Bridge?

No, like many other bridges around the world you can no longer put locks on Brooklyn Bridge. There is a fine of £100 for those caught locking their love locks.

Brooklyn Bridge New York

Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy

Like Paris, Venice is another romantic city that many couples travel to as a romantic gesture. There are many proposals and celebrations of anniversaries and to mark the special occasion what better way than to attach a love lock?

As you may have guessed like many other love lock bridges around the world it is illegal to do so in Venice. Like the other bridges across the world, Venice can’t take the weight of the sheer amount of love locks attached to the bridges which causes the historical structures to buckle under the weight.

Where are the love locks in Venice?

The love locks in Venice were on the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge over the Grand Canal outside the Accademia.

Can you still put love locks on the bridges in Venice?

No, it is not permitted to put love locks on the bridge in Venice as the structures are too weak to cope with the weight.

 

Love Lock Bridge Alternatives

The notion to lock in your love with your significant other with a love padlock is still a popular attraction for tourists. But with bridges and other historical structures unable to take the weight of thousands of love padlocks cities are turning to other ideas like the love lock trees in Moscow.

In Uruguay thousands of love locks have been secured onto a fountain placed on a street corner in Montevideo. So many so that the owner has renamed the fountain to ‘The Fuente de los Candados’ or the ‘Fountain of Locks’. In Toronto’s Distillery District they have turned the love locks into a piece of art by installing a metal railing with a heart shape and the word ‘Love’ spelled out for tourists to attach their love padlock.

 

The History of Love Lock Bridges

There are several tales and legends about where the history of love locks originated but most commonly the history refers back to Most Ljubavi, the love lock bridge in Serbia. The history is not one of love however but one of tragedy as a young couple fell in love and would meet on the bridge every night. Due to the war the man was sent away on duty for the military and whilst in Corfu fell in love with another woman.

The woman is believed to have died young with a broken heart and since young girls in Serbia would come to this bridge with their loves and engrave their initials onto a lock and lock it onto the bridge so that their love would be never ending.

 

The Future of Love Locks 2020

With many cities banning love locks not only as they are causing damage to the historical architecture but they are also adding to the excessive waste that is consuming earth. As the love lock tradition is to throw away the key often into the river below once locked.

The future of love locks is turning digital, there are a few websites out there that allow you to create a digital love lock. On these sites you can choose design and write a couple of lines and ‘attach’ these locks to ‘anywhere’ in the world. This allows couples to take part in the love lock tradition without causing any harm to the earth or risk being fined.

love locks around the world infographic

 

10 Most Famous Love Lock Locations

  • Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia
  • Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France
  • Luzhkoz Bridge, Moscow, Russia
  • Huangshan, China
  • Hohernzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany
  • N Seoul Tower, Central Seoul, South Korea
  • The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Butchers Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US
  • Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy

 

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https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/love-padlocks-cologne-s-hohenzollernbruecke-bridge
https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Paris-love-locks-raise-thousands-at-auction
https://www.easemytrip.com/travel/10-of-the-most-famous-love-lock-destinations-in-the-world.html
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/14/the-lock-of-love-padlocks-on-bridges

Is Airbnb Safe?

 

Every two seconds around the world someone books a room through Airbnb! It is currently has an estimated worth of over $35 billion and has big hotel chains quaking in their boots! Unlike hotels where the property has been designed for the comfort of frequent guests, Airbnb allows hosts to list their own homes for others to stay in whilst they aren’t there. So how do you stay safe when booking and staying in an Airbnb property?

 

Safety Checks when Booking

 

1.      Read the Reviews

Reading the reviews from previous guests and how much they rated it will give you a good indication of what the property was like and whether there were any problems. Airbnb only lets previous guests write a review so although it isn’t 100% guaranteed as reviews are so individual you can probably count on them to describe their own experience true to words.

 

2.      Weather and Travel Advice Check

Do your research on your chosen destination before booking to ensure that it is safe to travel and double check again in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. It is especially important if you are travelling to somewhere where there may be strikes e.g. political strikes and somewhere where extreme weather happens frequently.

 

3.      Travel Insurance

Straight after booking take out travel insurance. Should you get injured on holiday you don’t want to be left with a sore head and an empty wallet!

 

4.      Secure Payment

When booking, always pay through Airbnb rather than paying the host directly. Airbnb have a secure payment system that has a ‘multi-layer defence strategy’. Going through Airbnb ensures you won’t be subject to scams and they are able to offer refunds in some circumstances. Airbnb states that they will never ask you to wire money across or prove credit card information so if this does happen to you, report it to Airbnb immediately and do not send and money or reveal the information.

 

Safety Checks on Arrival

 

1.      Carry out a Property Safety Check

When you arrive at your accommodation walk through the property and do a risk assessment. Make note of where all the emergency equipment is, including the fire alarms and fire extinguisher. If you can’t find something important, contact the host immediately to ensure your safety.

 

2.      Emergency Numbers

Write down the local police and hospital/ emergency room numbers and addresses.
In an emergency, most people panic and make silly mistakes. Be prepared with the numbers to hand so if the worst were to happen you save time trying to locate the correct place.

 

Airbnb Community Standards

Airbnb has set values of trust they expect their hosts and guests to follow and have established them into five standards. These are – safety, security, fairness, authenticity and reliability. You can read these more in-depth here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/trust

 

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Bonfire Night Safety Tips

Bonfire Night Safety

Firework night is a great time to enjoy fireworks, sparklers and a bonfire party with family and friends. However it’s also a time of year where people can get serious injuries. Read our safety guide and make sure your family and friends are safe while having a good time.

Firework Facts-

 

  • Fireworks can travel at a speed of 150mph, the same speed as some aeroplanes and supercars!!

 

  • Three sparklers burning together will have the same heat as a blowtorch used to join metal.

 

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

 

  • Throwing a firework is a criminal offence and you can be fined up to £5000 for doing so.

 

  • In recent years there has been up to 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November.

 

Firework Safety 

 

  • Only buy fireworks that carry the CE mark.

 

  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.

 

  • Never return to a firework once it’s lit.

 

  • Direct any rocket fireworks away from people and buildings.

 

  • Make sure to read all the instructions provided with the fireworks and follow them correctly.

 

  • Keep fireworks away from naked flames.

 

Sparkler Safety

 

  • Never give a sparkler to a person under 5

 

  • Always hold sparklers at arm’s length while they are being lit.

 

  • Only hold one sparkler at a time.

 

  • Do not wave sparklers close to other people.

 

  • Do not hold a baby and hold a sparkler at the same time.

 

  • Always hold a sparkler horizontally and away from your face.

 

  • Always wear gloves when handling sparklers, to protect your hands.

 

  • When the sparkler goes out, be sure to put it in a bucket of cold water.

 

 

Bonfire Safety

 

  • Appoint one person in charge of the bonfire.

 

 

  • Children should be supervised at all times.

 

  • Never pour petrol or paraffin onto a bonfire- it’s safer to use fire lighters.

 

  • Keep a bucket of water close by in case on an accident or emergency.

 

  • Make sure to tie back long hair and not wear loose clothing.

 

  • Choose a site away from wooden fences and sheds.

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a night for fun and game, with great costumes and lots of sweets. However if your children are going out for Halloween then you need to take some precautions to make sure everyone has a safe time as well as a fun time.

 

It will be Dark! 

 

  • Bright Costumes– wearing dark colours makes it harder for your child to be seen at night, so try dressing your kids up in bright costumes and add some reflective stuff to dark costumes.

 

  • Make it glow– A perfect way to jazz up someone’s costume is to add some glow sticks, bike lights or reflective tape. Not only does this add some fun to the costume but also makes your child easier to be seen.

 

  • No Masks!– Putting a mask on your child may obstruct their view in the dark, try using face paints instead. This means your child will be able to see cars when crossing the road and save them bumping into other trick or treaters.

Is their costume safe?

 

  • Make sure it fits– Be sure that your child’s costume is not too long for them, walking up and down the street in the dark with a hem that too long is a recipe for disaster.

 

  • Do they have allergies?– Make sure your child is not allergic to the face paint you want to use, so they don’t have a reaction before they go out. It’s also important to make sure they wash it all off properly before bed.

 

  • Is it Flammable?– This one is a biggie. There are lots of candles out on Halloween, and if a cape or flowy costume gets caught on the flame then it can be very serious. Make sure any costume you buy has the CE mark that means its flame-retardant. We also suggest using lights instead of naked flames to light any pumpkins or other decorations.

 

Stay safe on the street 

  • Teeny-tiny Trick or Treaters-anyone young or not old enough to wonder the streets by themselves must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

  • Go as a group– older children should go out in groups, which route they take should be approved by and adult and they need to stick to it. Use phones to check in regularly and set a curfew for them to be home by.

 

  • Go to Halloween friendly houses– not everyone celebrates Halloween, only go to houses that you know, or that have Halloween decorations outside.

 

  • Never go in– Children should always stay on the doorstep, they should never enter a house of someone they don’t know.

 

  • Follow the rules of the road– children should cross the road carefully, using crossings where possible. If you are driving then you need to go slow and be vigilant.

 

What’s in the bag?

  • Check the Sweets– have a look through all the sweets your child has collected to make sure they are all safe. Any that look tampered with or homemade should be thrown away

 

  • Food Allergies– Make sure there are no sweets that will set off your child’s allergies, and if you’re not sure, just throw them away.

 

  • Spare a thought for teeth- Sweets are extremely sugary, make sure you child brushes their teeth properly after eating them.

 

 

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Finding a Trustworthy Tradesperson

Our friends over at Sainsburys bank have not only been helping customers fight off scammers, but also helping them find trustworthy trades people. When you are spending money on a service you want to know that the work will be high quality and the price fair, and sifting through the hundreds of adverts out there can be time consuming. So they’ve come up with a handy guide of dos and don’ts, what to look out for and some trade terms you might hear and what they mean.

 

Stay Safe this New Years Eve!

new years eve

It’s New Years Eve and it’s time to celebrate!

Some of us like to let our hair down when bringing in the New Year; whether you are going to a house party or out on the town. But it’s also an evening you may be at your most vulnerable, in London alone in they increase police presence to 3000 officers around the city because of New Years Eve. Now we’re not saying that you should stay wrapped up in your home with the doors locked, but there are ways you can keep yourself safe while out.

Always have eyes on your drink.

If your drink is unattended for any length of time, then the safe bet is to get a new one. It takes second for someone to slip something in to a drink that’s been left. It is also unadvisable to accept a drink from a stranger, unless you have seen the bartender make it. Saving money on a drink is not worth the risk.

Maintain the #squadgoals

Always keep an eye on where your friends are. If you’ve gone out in a group, make sure no one has been left on their own, and that you haven’t been left on YOUR own. There are so many ways to lose your squad on a night out like; going to the loo or queueing at the bar. But it is so important that you keep each other safe. You are less likely to be targeted by criminals if you are in a group.

The creepy guy has no right to grab you.

When you and your friends are having a good time on the dance floor and someone is getting too close for comfort or touching you; tell them to stop and go away. If a person keeps touching you, after you have told them to stop, or is getting too close for comfort then tell a member of security staff or bar staff, they should deal with them for you.

Use bright and busy streets

So the place you’re at is a bit naff and you fancy moving on. Make sure you walk down streets that are well-lit and busy. When you are out in the cold it may be tempting to take a short cut down a back alley or park. This will leave you extremely vulnerable, especially if you are on your own. There will be plenty of people around on New Years Eve so you shouldn’t find it hard to find people around. Don’t be the cliché girl in the horror movie, who walks right into the monster down the dark alleyway!

Your bag is not worth your life (even if it is Michael Kors)

If the worst does happen and someone tries to steal your bag…let them. You can replace everything that’s in there and If someone is willing to try to take your bag in the street then they are probably willing to hurt you to get it. If you don’t put up any fight they will most likely to leave you alone. It’s a good idea to keep your keys in in your pocket, so if someone does take your bag then you can still get in at home.

Never drink and drive…obviously

Make sure you plan how you are getting home. If you have a plan in place then you are less likely to be tempted to drink drive. Try to pre book a taxi or beg a friend for a lift. If you do end up getting a taxi, then make sure he is licenced. Take a picture of his licence number and send it to a family member or a friend, a legit taxi driver shouldn’t mind you doing this.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye (literally)

Fireworks are an integral part of New Years Eve, but unless you are an expert you should not be lighting up those bad boys yourself. It might not be you lighting them, but if an intoxicated friend tries to start a display…MOVE AWAY. It might be fun looking at the pretty lights, but what won’t be fun is ending up in hospital with burns. Leave it to the professionals.

 

So if you decide to go out to celebrate New Years Eve, make sure that you take steps to keep yourself safe. We wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year!

Let Santa in…But Keep the Burglars Out!

How to let Santa in and keep the burglars out!

It is the time of year where we start preparing our houses for the arrival of the big man….Father Christmas. So, your tree is up, you’ve hung the lights and wrapped the gifts, but as much as you want Santa to grace your house with a visit, there are some people you’d rather keep out. Burglars often strike this time of year because they know your house is stuffed with goodies. We have written a guide to help you let Santa in, but keep the baddies out.

 

 

  1. If you don’t have a chimney Santa has to come through the back door, but thieves can also get in. Invest in a ‘Santa Key’. It’s a magical key that you leave out for Santa, a key only he can use. Meaning that you can lock your back or front door as usual, so that burglars cannot get in. Locking your doors is the number 1 thing you can do to secure your house, according to RSG Security; 73% of burglars use doors, which are open in 3% of cases. https://www.rsgsecurity.co.uk/blog/news/interesting-uk-burglary-statistics

 

  1. If you have brought presents (to add to the ones that Santa brings) then it is advisable not to leave them on display. Not only will Father Christmas think he has already visited your house and not leave any more presents, it will entice burglars. Single parent families will be most at risk; RSG Security says that most likely break-in and burglary victims are single-parent families in urban UK areas as they are affected twice more than homes with two parents, and thrice more than households without https://www.rsgsecurity.co.uk/blog/news/interesting-uk-burglary-statistics

 

  1. You may be worried that Santa will set off your house alarm. Don’t be, Father Christmas has mastered skills over the years that means he will be undetected by an alarm. Burglars however will set off an alarm, so it is very important that if you have one, then you should always set it. Just the sight of a burglar alarm can deter a burglar. Most burglaries are not planned and are carried out by opportunistic criminals, having an alarm on your house means that thieves are less likely to pick your house to break in to.

 

  1. It’s always a good idea to let Santa know if you are not going to be at home over the festive period, so he knows where to drop the presents off. However, it’s best not to advertise the fact that you are away. Invest in light timers, the sight of lights going on and off periodically will give the impression that you are home. Also make sure that you stop any deliveries of milk or a newspaper, several pints of milk stacked up at your door is a dead giveaway that you are not around. Another strategy to stave of criminals when you’re away is, if possible, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.

https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/news-archive/dont-be-a-christmas-burglary-statistic/

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  1. While children write a list to send to Santa, it’s a good idea for you to be writing a list of your own. Dorset Police recommends that you; keep an inventory including description, serial number and photograph of each item or even register your valuable items at immobilise.com/ which will simplify insurance claims and Police reports  with certificates of ownership.

It is so important at this time of year to protect your house and your family. When you suffer a break-in you lose more than just your possessions, you can lose your peace of mind too.  For support after a break in you can visit www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/burglary .

Make sure your festive season isn’t marred by a burglary. Find out more ways to secure your home at www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/