Disappointing Valentine’s Day? Try visiting this tree in Germany

In Dodauer Forest, close to Eutin in Germany, stands an oak tree that has been rooted for over 500 years. It is called Der Bräutigamseiche (the Bridegroom’s Oak) and is claimed to be liable for greater than 100 marriages.

Postman gathering letters from the Bridegroom’s Oak in Eustin. Image by: Reinhold Eckert/ullstein bild/Getty Images

Legend has it, a pair of sweethearts who have been forbidden from seeing one another initially used a small gap within the tree’s trunk to secretly swap love letters. Once they have been finally allowed to wed beneath the tree in 1891, the charming news unfold and led to different individuals writing to the tree within the hopes of discovering love.

Possibly the unique Tinder, the traditional tree acquired so many letters that it was assigned its personal postbox and postperson in 1927. There is a ladder set towards the tree in order that anybody wishing to learn the mail can simply climb up and hopefully wait till they’ve descended once more earlier than swooning.

Letters have arrived on the tree from everywhere in the world and are delivered six days of the week. The solely rule is that readers should return a letter they don’t seem to be involved in answering to the tree for that author’s true companion to seek out.

Bridegroom's Oak in 1957
Postman Ernst Pries collects letters from the Bridegroom’s Oak (aka the Sweetheart’s Oak in February 1957. Image by: Hans Meyer/BIPs/Getty Images

The matchmaking tree even as soon as found love itself, symbolically marrying the landmark Himmelgeist Chestnut – a horse chestnut tree in Düsseldorf – on 25 April 2009. The bushes have been fortunately married for six years till sadly the Himmelgeist Chestnut (which was the second tree in Germany to have a postal deal with) was felled attributable to outdated age.

With so many match-making apps and web sites making the courting scene extra handy and fewer romantic, why not give snail mail a attempt to see if it’s well worth the wait? Or, when you desire to do the chasing, a go to to Northern Germany is at all times a good suggestion, on the very least you’ll get to see one of many world’s extra uncommon postboxes.

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