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Cologne's Love Locks Rival Those In Venice (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/17/11 10:48 AM ET   Updated: 10/06/11 04:19 PM ET

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Venice is one of the most romantic cities on Earth. And nothing says never-ending love like the famous locks that adorn the Ponte del Accademia and the Rialto bridges. Recently, however, the locks are facing a crackdown since the rust from the locks are starting to damage the bridge's stone.

Never fear, Cologne is here! The German city's Hohenzollernbruecke bridge crosses the Rhine River and is now home to hundreds of similar love locks, a trend that overtook the city in 2008.

The bridge has a storied history of its owned: It was ruined in World War II but was quickly rebuilt as a pedestrian bridge.

While Cologne isn't exactly the first place tourists think of when they think of romance, if you find yourself in this 2,000-year old city stop and have a peak.

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  • Two older women stop to look at the thousands of so-called 'love locks,' or 'love padlocks,' that hang from a fence across the Hohenzollernbruecke bridge in Cologne, Germany. Love locks are a growing phenomenon in cities across Europe and are meant by the couples who leave them behind as a symbol of their powerful and undying love for one another. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

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  • A young couple stops to lock their one of the thousands of so-called 'love locks'. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

  • A young couple kisses next to their personal love lock locked some time ago. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

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  • Love Lock Bridge Cologne - May 2011

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MindyMuellenborn"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/774773817/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MindyMuellenborn">MindyMuellenborn</a>:<br />

  • Our Lock

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MindyMuellenborn"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/774773817/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/MindyMuellenborn">MindyMuellenborn</a>:<br />My husband & I left our lock during a visit in May 2011.

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