The Bridegroom’s Oak, is a 500-year-old tree in Germany. It has its own postal address and receives around 40 letters every day. Those letters are sent by love seekers from around the world, hoping that someone will read them and write back. With so many dating apps and services around these days, sending letters to a tree in Germany sounds kind of quaint, and hardly very effective… but for true romantics, there’s an old-school charm about sending a letter and allowing fate to work its magic.
The tree got its name in the late 19th century, when the daughter of a head forester, and the son of a chocolate maker, fell in love, but her father disapproved, so they secretly exchanged letters by leaving them in the hole in the tree’s trunk. When the father finally gave in and granted his permission, they were married under the tree on June 2nd in 1891.The story of the oak, through word of mouth led to people writing to the tree in the hopes of finding a love partner.
In 1927 a ladder was set up and later the postal service began to deliver letters to the tree. It’s is a public letter box; meaning anyone can open, read, take or answer the letters. At least five confirmed marriages, and perhaps hundreds more have been brought about by the Bridegroom’s Oak.
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