Hidden deep in Germany’s Dodauer Forest, outside the town of Eutin, a 500-year-old oak tree helps singles find love and is responsible for over 100 marriages!
The ancient tree, which has its own postal address, is located 100-kilometres north-east of Hamburg in Germany. A 3-metre tall wooden ladder rests against its trunk, which a postman climbs every morning to deliver letters into a tiny postbox.
The ancient oak has been matching bachelors and bachelorettes since before the days of reality TV shows like The Bachelor and apps like Tinder. According to BBC, it is responsible for the unions of over 200 people so far.
Known as the Der Brautigamseiche, which means the Bridegroom’s Oak, romantics from all over the world post letters to this tree in hopes of finding the perfect match.
Karl-Heinz Martens, who was the postman for the tree for 20 years, is now 72 years old. In an interview with BBC, he described his feelings and said, “There’s something so magical and romantic about it…on the internet facts and questions match people, but at the tree, it’s a beautiful coincidence – like fate.”
According to Martens, most of the letters that the tree receives are during the summer, a time when everyone is looking for romance. He said, “The tree received about 1000 letters a year.”
He also related that the fairytale of the tree began 128 years ago, in 1890, when a village girl named Minna fell in love with a local chocolate maker named Wilhelm.
The two young lovers were forbidden from seeing one another by Minna’s father, so they wrote letters to each other and left them in a knothole in the oak tree’s trunk. The two were given permission to marry a year later and tied the knot under the tree’s branches on June 2, 1891.
The story of the oak, which was originally a secret between two lovers, spread all over Germany and singles who weren’t having luck finding love started sending love letters to Bridegroom’s Oak.
Due to the influx of letters sent to the tree, in 1927 the German postal service, Deutsche Post decided to assign the oak a postcode and postman. It is the only tree in the world that has its own address!
Anyone can climb up the ladder placed at the trunk of the oak, and open and read letters in order to respond to them. Martens told BBC that if someone opens a letter and doesn’t want to answer it, they put it back in the tree for another fateful finder.
Martens himself also found his soulmate under the most romantic tree in the world. In 1989, his wife, Renate, wrote directly to the oak’s postman and asked to meet him. The two started talking, fell in love and married 5 years later, under the Bridegroom’s Oak. They are still happily married, 24 years later.
Martens’ story is just one of many of those who have found love through the cupid tree, and many more that will.
Would you send a letter to a tree in order to find love?