Love Locks (not only) in Prague

Don’t tell me, you don’t have your love lock yet! What? You don’t know what love lock is? When you come to Prague and walk on Kampa Island, for sure you should go to see John Lennon Wall. And there it is, the lovers bridge full of paddle locks. No, we are not that paranoid or afraid that someone will stole the railing from the bridge, the love-lock-mania just arrived to Prague as well.

Love bridge in Prague

First I saw these love locks on the bridge between Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) and Uzupio (independent artists republic in the heart of Vilnius) in 2008. Some of them were really nicely decorated, with the names carved professionally in beautiful writing with small heart or flower added, some were just very ordinary locks with names carved with the nail. I was wandering, what they could mean and finally we (with my husband) came out with the conclusion, that it is very close to the story behind the locks. The legend varies from city to city, but we can abstract it as: if the couple in love / new married couple place the lock with their names (and date of wedding) to the railing on the bridge and then drop the keys to the water bellow, their love would be forever locked, extended and more precise story sais, you should lock it with your left hands and put the keys to the water together with your right hands (or was it the opposite hands?). This year we visited Vilnius again and we spent a nice Saturday here. You know, Saturday is the wedding day, I haven’t seen so many brides and groomes in my whole life and all of them stopped by the bridge and made their ritual with locks, carefully documented in photos.


The next love locks I saw in Cinque Terre in Italy, on the railing on the walking route Via dell‘ Amore on the rocks above the sea between Riomaggiore and Manarola.

Via dell' Amore Italy

Then I saw them in Paris on the bridge Passerelle del Solférino.


About two years ago the locks came to Prague, most of them you can find on the above mentioned Love Bridge between Kampa Island and Lesser Town. But the place is already overflowing by them (chains for more locks were add to the railing), you can find locks on almost every bridge in Prague, tight to the bar.

Love locks in Prague

So don‘t forget to bring your love lock when you will come to Prague, for sure we will find it a nice place.

If you are geocacher, check this cache GC1ZZYW, it is only in Czech, but the final picture shows you, what you should look for.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pavel
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 12:13:03

    Tohle jsem nevěděl. Nice!


  2. PragueByKaty
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 21:52:57

    According to the decision of Prague municipal Council the love locks from the Lover’s Bridge in Prague were disposed (they started removing November 17, 2011 and now they are all gone), because they were “spoiling” our herritage.


  3. Bob
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 19:43:46

    Just came from the love bridge in Prague. Love lives on with hundreds of locks holding it together.


  4. mariannegv
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 17:15:30

    I´m curious about were this idea started and how long ago. Do you know about it?


    • PragueByKaty
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 18:21:15

      In fact I don’t know, but I’ve read somewhere it is an ancient Chinese tradition, and I asked Chinese people when we had a tour and they told me that it IS Chinese old legend. And to Europe it was brought not long time ago, the tradition came through Italy. For example I have pictures of Prague Lovers bridge from 2004, and there is not a single lock … and in fact the bridge was not called “Lovers bridge” yet :-).


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  6. anyone4curryandotherthings
    May 24, 2013 @ 13:40:21

    A few years ago walking across the ponte Vecchio in Florence/Italy one saw nothing of the bridge anymore but just those locks – and to be honest, it did not look …… right! It was a novelty then and when we returned 2 years ago they had nearly all gone, removed by the authorities. Last year in Madrid we saw just a few and here in South India I have not come across this ‘custom’ as yet.


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