Although Salzburg cannot compete with Paris in terms of sheer tonnage of love locks (in 2015 Paris removed 45 tons of locks from the Pont des Arts), Salzburg also has a river and a couple of footbridges with wire mesh fences, which when I was there were slowly but surely starting to sag under the weight of the locks.
As in Paris and other cities, a few of the merchants in Salzburg who have shops near the river are trying to cash in on the craze by offering locks for sale, and in this case also “engraving for free”. This particular shop is called “Heart of Mozart” (in English, of course) and is within sight of Mozart’s birth house. Note the years “1756” and “2006” painted on the shop. 1756 was the year of Mozart’s birth, not the year the shop was opened. 2006 was Mozart’s 250th birthday and presumably also the year the shop was re-painted.
Here at “Heart of Mozart” the love locks are also called “Lucklocks”, presumably to encourage those tourists who don’t happen to be in love with anyone to snap a lock on the bridge anyway, just for luck. Another sign helpfully announces: “Lovelock Bridge at 200 m”, for the benefit of those who have not yet found the Makartsteg. By the way, it was not my intention to conceal the prices in this photo, but the woman’s elbow happened to get in the way.
Here some satisfied customers are picking up their freshly engraved love lock at “Heart of Mozart”, with a bit of Mozart’s birth house (painted yellow) visible in the background.
The Makartsteg is a pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Salzach River in the center of Salzburg. This lady riding her bicycle across the bridge seems to be running the gauntlet (or rather cycling the gauntlet) between the two fences full of locks.
My photos in this post are from 2016. I revised the text in 2020.
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6 thoughts on “Love locks in Salzburg”
I’ve noticed these locks springing up all over the place on my travels. Personally I cannot see the allure.
I never like these locks and glad Paris took aim to get rid of them. An eyesore me think.
I don’t like them. I call it metal graffiti!
I love the charm of the lock bridges. So many love stories that we can only wonder about. It’s magical. Going to buy one to put on the bridge tomorrow. Super excited!
I love the lock bridges. An alluring charm to them with many untold love stories that leave us guessing. Going to put my first lock on one tomorrow!
The love locks seemed like a cute idea at first, when there were only a few of them. But then on a Sunday afternoon in 2014, a 2.4 meter section of the wire mesh fence on a bridge in Paris collapsed under the weight of the love locks. Police said there were no casualties, but the footbridge was immediately evacuated and closed off. Fortunately only a section of the fence had collapsed, not the entire bridge.