Keli Gwyn
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Locking in Your Love

Have you ever seen a Lock Bridge?

I hadn’t even heard about these special bridges until our daughter visited Vienna, Austria on a Summer Abroad program through her university this past summer. While Adri was there, she took a train to Salzburg, where she came across street musicians performing on the city’s famous “Lock Bridge.”

Salzburg Musicians

Being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to start this tradition in my town. Gwynly and I frequently walk on our local El Dorado Trail. The renovated century-old railroad trestle bridge on our favorite section with its wire frame fence seemed a fitting spot to hang a lock.

Since Gwynly and I celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary last December, I decided that would be the perfect day to place our lock on the bridge. I had the brass lock engraved ahead of time and pulled it out of my bag when we reached the middle of the bridge, taking Gwynly by surprise as planned.

Lock on Lock Bridge

The tradition is to click the lock onto the bridge and throw away the key, symbolically locking your love. Gwynly and I did just that.

I’d hoped to be the first couple to add a lock to the bridge, but another lock appeared before ours. I decided that was a good thing, since it meant others liked the idea.

Lock Bridge on Valentine's Day

Every time I pass the spot, I look at our lock and think about Gwynly. I also check to see if any other locks have been added. This past Valentine’s Day, a third lock appeared, showing that the idea of locking in your love is catching on. That brings a smile to the face of this romantic.


Questions for You

Have you ever seen a Lock Bridge? If so, where?

If you were to place a lock on a bridge, what bridge would you choose?

What special event might you celebrate by adding a lock to a Lock Bridge?


Blogging Update

In order to devote more time to my writing, I’m changing my blogging
schedule. I’ll publish one weekly post on Fridays.

My posts will normally relate to romance, reading, or writing,
unless I have something special to share.

Keli Gwyn


  • Katrin W says:

    I have seen a bridge with locks here in Vienna too, but sadly can´t remember where.
    The one I clearly remember is in Helsinki, Finland, near the harbour. Beautiful spot!

    It´s such a great way of openly showing love without giving away too much persnally.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lock bridges are fun, aren’t they, Katrin? Adri will be sad to find out she missed seeing the one in Vienna. I guess that means she’ll just have to plan another trip to see it–and you. 🙂

  • What a cool idea! And what a memory!

    We had a kissing bridge at our college. Kiss three times and you marry.

    Worked for us. 😉

  • Carl Gwyn says:

    I really liked doing this. I think it is a great tradition and it is wonderful way to show your love for that special someone.

  • Keli, how romantic! I’ve never seen a Lock Bridge, but I’m sure it would make me swoon. 🙂 Love that Gwynly chimes in on your blog–sooo romantic!

    Kudos to you and your new blogging schedule! I will miss you, but I’ll look forward to Fridays. (I’m thinking about readjusting my blogging schedule by summer, too.)

    Have a super weekend!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cynthia, after Adri told me about the Salzburg Lock Bridge, I performed a Google search and learned that many cities have them. Paris does, of course. There are so many locks on theirs that I wonder how anyone can find a place to add another one.

      A comment from Gwynly makes my day. I never know when he’ll leave one, but when he does I smile.

  • Keli, this is the first I’ve ever heard of a “lock bridge.” What a romantic and lovely idea. I would put my lock on the historic Brooklyn Bridge, though I doubt city construction crews would leave it there for long 🙂

    The once a week post is something I adopted over a year ago. I do Wednesdays. I will look forward each Friday to your next “romantic” post. Write on 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I surprised there isn’t a Lock Bridge in the NYC area. Of course, with as many people who would probably want to add a lock, it could soon look like the bridge in Paris.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the once-a-week post. I think it might work well for me.

  • Anne Payne says:

    I’ve never heard of a lock bridge but it is an intriguing idea. So romantic of y’all to put an engraved lock on there 🙂 I would put a lock on in memory of my daughter and mom.

  • Oh is this ever cool!!!!
    I hadn’t heard of this “lock bridge” thing either. SO romantic.

  • Tammi T. says:

    I had never heard of “Lock Bridges” until I read this blog post. It is a wonderful idea and I believe I’ll try to find one for my upcoming wedding anniversary. If I can’t find one, maybe I can start one. Thanks for sharing a truly wonderful and romantic idea.

  • I have never heard of this but I so, so love it! What a wonderful idea, Keli!

  • I’d never heard of a lock bridge, Keli–what a romantic and fun idea! 🙂 You and Gwynly are such a cute couple. Hmmmm….maybe someone should write a story about the two of you. 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Patti Jo, if I hear of something romantic, I have the strongest urge to give it a go. How about you? Do you think you’ll join in the fun and hang a lock on a bridge?