It is not known exactly where the phenomenon of adding padlocks onto fences first originated from but it has become popular amongst many couples worldwide.
In Europe this seems to have become especially popular since the early 2000's and in Rome can be attributed to a book written by Federico Moccia called Three Meters Above the Sky which was published in 1992.
Matching Love Locks on the Bridge of Love in Helsinki
There are now many locations around the world where lovers can attach a padlock with their names and a special date onto a bridge as a sign of their love and commitment to each other.
Some well know locations are Ponte Milvio in Rome, Italy. Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge in London, England. The Pont de l'Archevêché, the Pont des Arts and Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridges in Paris, France.
There are also various other sites across Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
In Helsinki, the Bridge of Love is located just a short walk away from the market square. It is a pedestrian bridge from Meritullintori to Katajanokka in a nice area surrounded by cafes and restaurants, ideal for you romantic types out there.
If you are visiting Helsinki as a couple then this could be a nice addition to your list of 'things to see' and there are even some spaces still left on the bridge for Love Locks so make sure to take one with you.
Some cities have dedicated bridges for Love Locks whilst others forbid them and claim they will remove all padlocks found around the city. It is always best to check the rules regarding Bridges of Love if you plan to attach a padlock to as this is punishable by a fine in some cities.
Hi, nice article. For those romantics who would like to do this in Sydney, there's a wall full of padlocks at Ballast Point Park in Birchgrove. It is a nice place to bring your partner, along with beautiful harbour views. Cheers