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Locks on a bridge in Cologne (Köln), Germany

It seems there’s something romantic about attaching a lock to the railings of a bridge as a symbol of one’s love for his/her partner. This romantic gesture is popping up all over the place, including here, on the pedestrian portion of a rail bridge near the main train station in Cologne, Germany. (Snapped this while passing through town in 2015.)

But as with everything, it can be overdone: In Paris, city officials had to remove locks from its bridges in the last couple of years because they were adding too much weight to the structures, to the point of causing a railing to collapse. And frankly, it doesn’t look too pretty after a while …