A lovelock is a lock that is attached to a bridge railing to symbolize the endurance of love. The padlock is a popular method, especially in Central Europe. This lovely tradition has also landed in Tampere — a long time ago, but still. The couple’s names or initials and year are engraved on the lock, and after “signing”, the key will be thrown into the water. This small, relatively unobtrusive dambridge crosses the rapids in the center of Tampere. Many loving couples have attached their own lock to the bridge railing to show their love.
I’m not super romantic and I almost hate all the roses, kisses, pink love hype (especially around Valentine’s Day). But lovelocks get even me floating in the air. I think they are really beautiful and romantic and often located in beautiful places. At the Tampere Love Bridge, the view down to Koskipuisto is magnificent in the morning, during the day and in the evening, regardless of the season.
Fun task: There’s a lovelock with the letters SBL (spotted by locals), can you find it?