Entering through the town gates means traveling back into the past, into a mythical world of grandiose palaces, forts that withstood the test of time and proud people that cherish liberty as the highest ideal. As soon as you approach the Old Town Wall you will be amazed by the Pile Gate and the stone bridge that lead you inside this jewel town built in stone. Just like any medieval fortress, Pile Gate had a wooden bridge that could be pulled up and cover the gate over night to protect the town from any unwanted visitors.
Imagine you are entering an impressive ancient gate, welcomed by orange trees, flowers and stone mansions built in the glorious times of the Republic… That’s our town and we love every old stone in it! Oh yes, and the Game of Thrones was filmed here!
Once you step inside the town, your Dubrovnik adventure begins… Narrow stone streets, numerous stairs, nice little shops and… tourists! A walk over the beautiful main street, called Stradun by the locals, can be a special experience. This street used to be a channel between two parts of the town, but it is now a well-known promenade with lavish bars and places to eat.
Don’t be surprised if you notice that local people always look as if they dressed up for a special occasion – it is important to leave a good impression when you represent a world famous place!
Far away from many European capitals, Dubrovnik was an independent fortified town and with the surrounding region it was called the Republic of Dubrovnik. For a long time, Dubrovnik resisted to attempts of occupation. When Saracen pirates attacked the fort, a knight named Orlando saved Dubrovnik in a battle near the Lokrum island. This legend came from a famous Song of Roland, but it also became a symbolic story for this town.
In one of the central squares there is a decorated column with a knight carved in, called Orlando’s Column. It is a symbol of independence and freedom.
A powerful Republic needs a strong leadership. The monumental Rectors Palace is a beautiful example of combined Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, but it is also a significant symbol of a smart and skillful Dubrovnik’s government through centuries.
Above the entrance it says in Latin: OBLITI PRIVATORUM PUBLICA CURATE (Forget your private issues, concern yourselves with public affairs). Today, the exhibition halls in the Palace display historical and cultural heritage as part of Dubrovnik Museum.
Astonishing sights and views from the Old Town walls and fortresses depict a scene as out of a movie. Actually, it just might be a movie scene you’ve seen because the Game of Thrones series was filmed here, alongside with Star Wars, Robin Hood and many more.
High-quality entertainment awaits you in Dubrovnik. You can experience the world renown Hamlet performance in the unique atmosphere of the 11th century Lovrijenac fort. What used to be a well-organized construction to protect the western sea access is now a perfect stage for captivating theatrical shows. Visit Dubrovnik Summer Festival for this magical experience.
If you would rather explore the nightlife, Dubrovnik’s got you covered. To have a wild party night – get inside the Revelin fort, another part of a large defense construction from the 15th century. Sounds good?
It is impossible to reveal all the secrets of Dubrovnik just through the stories! Plan your visit here!
The tour covers all the Old Town main sights including St. Blaise Church, Stradun (main street), Large Onofrio's fountain, Ivan Gundulić Square, Jesuit monastery stairs, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, Revelin Fortress and many more.
On the contrary, the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was bombed and sieged for the first time in its centuries-long history. Relive those difficult times on the streets where it happened with the help of photos taken by people who risked or even lost their lives to raising awareness of the terror that was happening in Dubrovnik in the 1990s.
- 21.35 km²
- 45,697 (2015)
- Famous citizen:
- Mario Hezonja (basketball player)
- City Walls
Stradun, main street
Onofrio’s Great Fountain
- Maritime Museum
Homeland War Museum