Airing on TV screens in 170 countries, Game of Thrones is most popular show in the world. While the series is filmed in about 7 different countries, Dubrovnik is used to film most of the exterior shots of King’s Landing. I didn’t start watching the show until right before my trip to Croatia, and then I binge watched the series so that I could be one of the cool kids. Keep reading for comparison photos, maps and an easy self-guided, Dubrovnik Game of Thrones walking tour.
Tips for the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Walking Tour
SAVE MONEY BY PURCHASING A DUBROVNIK CARD. Not only does it give you access to the walls and Fort Lovrijenac, but it includes admission to Rector’s Palace as well (all sights you will be visiting on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour). A 1 day Dubrovnik Card costs 190HRK ($30USD) or 171HRK($27USD) online . If you purchase the admissions separately, the walls cost 150HRK ($24USD includes entrance to Fort Lovrijenac), and admission to Rector’s Palace is 100HRK ($16).
Buy the Dubrovnik Card HERE
PURCHASE YOUR DUBROVNIK CARD OR CITY WALL TICKETS BEFORE STARTING THE TOUR You must purchase tickets outside of Old Town’s Pile Gate. Do it before you begin the tour so you don’t have to backtrack
SET YOUR OWN PACE I’ve separated the tour into 3 parts. You can choose to do the whole tour in 1 day, or split it up into sections to work with your vacation and schedule.
START EARLY If you choose to complete the tour in 1 day, know that there is a lot of ground to cover, so start early! As of August 2017, the mayor is in talks to limit the number of tourists inside the city walls at one time to 4,000. Arriving early will ensure your entry.
QUEUE UP THE THEME SONG Download the Game of Thrones theme song to your phone and use it as background music while you wander through the streets. Trust me, you won’t be the only one.
BRING WATER Pack a water bottle, and re-fill it as you go. There are several fountains with drinkable water throughout the city.
SAVE THE GOOGLE MAP Within the city walls, Dubrovnik is tiny and the streets are narrow. I’ve listed directions to all the locations but some streets may not have signs. Referring to the pins on the Google Map will be the easiest way to locate the next spot during the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour. Most are within 2-5 minutes from each other.
THE DUBROVNIK GAME OF THRONES SELF GUIDED WALKING TOUR
The Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Walking Tour is separated into 3 parts, Old Town + Fort Lovrijenac, The City Walls and Lokrum Island. You can do the whole tour in 1 day, or split it up into sections to work with your vacation and schedule. On the Google map above, the markers are color coded.
Yellow: Sites along the city walls | Green: Sites on Lokrum Island | Purple: Sites at Pile Bay and Fort Lovrijenac | Teal: Sites within Old Town Dubrovnik | Peach: Additional Locations Off the Beaten Path
If you choose to do the tour in one day, I recommend doing all three parts in order as outlined below.
SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT
PART I: Old Town and Fort Lovrijenac
Begin the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour standing in front of Pile Bay.
To get here, begin at the main square right outside of Pile Gate. Walk away from Old Town on the left side of the street, and turn left on Ul. Svetog Durda, walking toward the water. Wind your way down this street until you reach the entrance of the bay.
You’ll recognize the multiple areas of Pile Bay (aka Blackwater Bay) from several episodes in the series:
To your right is a little middle earth-esque cliffside staircase. During season 2 episode 1, King Joffrey orders all of Robert Baratheon’s bastard children to be killed so that they don’t threaten his claim to the throne. One of the scenes shows the Gold Cloaks raiding homes here.
To the left, around the wall, you’ll see the pebble shoreline where the Lannisters stood on the shore and sent Myrcella off to Dorne in Season 2 episode 6.
It’s also where Cersei meets the boat after Jamie brings Myrcella back to King’s Landing in season 6 episode 1.
On the Jetty straight ahead is where Sansa and Shae sit while playing a guessing game about the ships ahead in season 3 episode 1. Littlefinger approaches and talks to Sansa about getting her out of King’s Landing.
From Pile Bay turn right and start to walk up the steps (there are about 200..) to Fort Lovrijenac. Entrance into the fortress is free with your ticket to the city walls.
Fort Lovrijenac is the filming location of The Red Keep: the residence of the King of the Andals and the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
When you first enter the fortress you’ll see a long corridor to your left, which you might remember from Season 2 episode 1, when Cersei and Littlefinger talk about finding Arya. He lets on that he knows about her relationship with Jamie quoting “knowledge is power.” She threatens his life stating “power is power.”
Head upstairs to assault yourself with one of the best views of Old Town Dubrovnik. You’ll also be standing in the same spot as the filming location for King Joffrey’s Nameday Tournament in season 2 episode 1.
Fort Lovrijenac Address: Ul. od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
After spending some time wandering around Fort Lovrijenac, exit the fortress and make your way back to Old Town’s Pile Gate.
Old Town Dubrovnik
There are two entrances to Old Town Dubrovnik, Pile Gate and Ploce Gate. The entrance to Pile Gate was used in season 3 episode 10 when Jamie arrives in King’s Landing to visit his sister.
As you walk through Pile Gate, you’ll be standing in a long entryway. This was where the King’s Landing riot was filmed in season 2 episode 6. After the Lannisters see Mrycella off to Dorne, they’re met with an angry crowd of townspeople. Someone throws fruit at King Joffrey and a riot ensues. The doorway at the end of the corridor (which in reality leads to a little park) is where Sansa runs to try and escape the men chasing her.
Pile Gate Address: Ul. Vrata od Pila, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Continue walking through the entryway into Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The busy main street straight ahead is the Stradun, start to walk down it and turn left down Ul. Gariste. I believe it’s the second small alleyway on the right. When you hit Ul. Za Rokom, turn left, then right on Ul. od Domina. Finally make a sharp right onto Ul. od Rupa and the Ethnographic Museum will be on your right hand side.
The next stop on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour is the Ethnographic Museum. This was used to film exterior shots of Littlefinger’s brothel. You’ll see it in season 4 episode 1 when Tyrion asks to speak to Oberyn Martell outside, and again in season 5 episode 3 when Lancel Lannister humiliates the The High Septon by making him walk naked through the street.
Ethnographic Museum Address: 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
From the Ethnographic Museum, It’s about a 5 minute walk to the Jesuit steps. Turn around and head back down Ul. od Rupa. Make a sharp left on Ul. od Domina, then make a right onto Ul. od Puca. Turn right onto Gundulićeva poljana. The stairs are tucked back past Gundulićeva poljana square on Ul. uz Jezuite and they’re easy to spot.
The Jesuit Staircase is an important location in Season 5. We first see it in episode 1 as Cersei arrives to the funeral and walks up the steps past the mourners and into The Great Sept, making everyone wait.
They appear in episode 3 when Cersei rides up to Margaery’s wedding, and again in episode 4 when Tommen wants to see the High Sparrow but is blocked.
Of course, the Jesuit Steps played a major role in the finale of season 5 during Cersei’s walk of atonement. During my visit, I witnessed a fan re-enacting this scene while ringing a gong whose sounds echoed through the streets..
Jesuit Steps Address: Ul. Josipa Jurja Strossmayera 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
From the bottom of the Jesuit Staircase, head back down Ul. od Jezuite and turn right on Gundulićeva poljana. Walk past the Troubador Jazz Cafe and then turn right towards the Stradun. Rector’s Palace will be on your right. It’s a 2 minute walk from the steps.
Rector’s Palace receives a cameo in season 2 episode 6 as a background for the Spice King’s palace in Qarth. The Spice King and his entourage stand on the staircase as Daenerys asks the him about acquiring ships to cross the Narrow Sea.
Admission Fee: Entrance into Rector’s Palace is free with the Dubrovnik Card or admission is 100KN ($16 USD).
Rector’s Palace Address: Ul. Pred Dvorom 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Leaving Rector’s Palace, turn right toward the Stradun. When you reach the small square at the end, you’ll see a large arched entryway on your right side. Go through it and follow St. Dominic Street for about 3 minutes (Don’t go out onto the port). You’ll see the staircase on your left hand side. It’s a 4-5 minute walk from Rector’s Palace.
St. Dominic Street
As Tyrion and Bronn are walking through the streets in season 2 episode 5, they witness a protest speech regarding King Joffrey. The speaker stands on top of the staircase on St. Dominic Street.
Keep following St. Dominic Street in the same direction until you reach Dubrovnik’s second gate, Ploce Gate. It’s a 1-2 minute walk.
Dubrovnik’s Ploce Gate and Revelin Fortress were used as one of the entrances of The Red Keep. It’s the gate Cersei enters after her walk of shame in season 5 episode 10.
Ploce Gate also served as background in season 2 episode 5 when Tyrion talks with Lancel Lannister.
From Ploce Gate head back the way you came on St. Dominic’s street and turn left onto the port. If you’re doing the tour in 1 day, it’s time to hop on a boat to Lokrum Island. If not, you can pick up here tomorrow.
PART II: Lokrum Island
Lokrum is Dubrovnik’s closest island. It takes less than 15 minutes to get to by boat. Head onto the pier and look for the Lokrum Ferry. An employee will be waiting in front of the boat selling tickets which cost 40HRK ($6.40 USD).
The ferry will drop you off at Lokrum’s port. Walk straight up the path onto the island and you’ll run into to the Lokrum Visitors Center.
Lokrum Visitor’s Center
Lokrum Visitor’s Center currently has a special Game of Thrones exhibit. You can watch interviews with the cast and producers about how they logistically film in Dubrovnik. Most people weren’t watching the videos, but I highly recommend sitting in on 1 or 2. They were fascinating.
The Visitor’s Center is also home to the infamous Iron Throne, which you’re free to sit on.
From the Visitor’s Center make your way to the Benedictine Monastery (1-2 minute walk). The gardens were difficult for me to find. It looks like you’re entering a cafe, but walk through the entryway and you’ll find yourself in Qarth.
Lokrum Island has been used to film exterior scenes in the city of Qarth. You’ll most likely remember the garden party scene in season 2 episode 5, where Daenerys attends the party and meets the warlocks.
If you choose to spend some time on Lokrum Island before making your way back to the mainland, check out this article for a list of things to do (Things to Do in Dubrovnik That Aren’t Old Town). If not, head back to the ferry and get on the next boat for Dubrovnik
PART III: The City Walls
The last stop on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour is the city walls! If you’re getting off the boat from Lokrum, the easiest entrance to the city walls is near the Ploce Gate entrance on St. Dominic Street. Otherwise you can go to any of the 3 entrances/exits: near Pile Gate, St. John’s Fortress (next to the Maritime Museum), or Ploce Gate.
View of King’s Landing
If entering from the Ploce Gate entrance, walk counter clockwise and head up the wall toward the west side and Minceta Tower. The entire North side of the wall gives you an amazing view of Dubrovnik (minus the CGI) which is used for many establishing shots of King’s Landing.
Minceta Tower is located on the far Northwest corner of the walls. You can’t miss it.
Minceta Tower was used as the exterior location for the House of the Undying. Daenerys travels here in season 2 episode 10 after her dragons are stolen. She circles the tower looking for an entrance as Jorah follows behind.
Heading counter-clockwse from Minceta Tower, you’ll start approaching the practice field, directly off the right hand side of the wall.
The practice field is where Cersei visits The Mountain and she chooses him as her champion in Tyrion’s trial during season 4 episode 7.
In season 5 episode 4, the practice field is also where Loras is arrested by the Faith Militant.
Continuing to walk counter-clockwise, Bokar Fortress is only a 2-3 minute walk from the practice field. It sits directly in front of Fort Lovrijenac.
Several scenes were filmed on Bokar Fortress from the city walls. In season 2 episode 8, Tyrion and Lord Varys walk around on top of the fortress while discussing war. You can see Fort Lovrijenac in the background of some shots, and the seaside wall in others.
In season 7 episode 1, Cersei and Jaime stand on Bokar Fortress and watch the Iron Fleet arrive.
Need Even More Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Immersion?
If you finish the Dubrovnik Walking Tour and find yourself wanting more, check out these other filming locations which are a little less easily accessible.
25 minutes away by car is Tresteno Arboretum, a popular go-to location for the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones unit. The arboretum doubles as the Red Keep’s gardens so many scenes have been shot here. You can also see the bridge used in season 4 episode 3, when Ser Dontos helps Sansa get into a boat and escape King’s Landing.
From the gardens, head down to the beach and see where Bronn teaches Jaimie to fight with his left hand in season 4 episode 4.
How to get to Tresteno Arboretum: From the Main Bus Station in Dubrovnik, catch the local bus (12 or 15) to Tresteno. The journey lasts about 30 minutes. Check the timetable in advance as there are only about 8 buses per day.
Admission to Tresteno Garden: 45HRK ($7 USD)
Hotel Belvedere is an abandoned luxury hotel that was destroyed by the war in 1991. The hotel has since been re-purchased is currently undergoing a remodel but I have seen reports of people getting inside. Do so at your own risk.
Hotel Belvedere was the location for the battle between Oberyn and The Mountain in season 4 episode 8.
Walk along the shoreline from Ploce Gate and you’ll find yourself at Villa Sheherezade in about 10 minutes.
The villa is an exclusive luxury rental so you won’t be allowed on the property, but you can rent it for about 7,000 euro per night. Not bad, right?
The exterior shots of Illryo’s mansion in Pentos were filmed here.
Address of Villa Sheherezade: Ul. Vlaha Bukovca 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
From Fort Lovrijenac, Gradac park is about a 5-10 minute walk. Head West on Ul. od Tabakarije and then make a sharp left onto Ul. don Frana Bulica
This was used at the location for King Joffrey’s wedding reception aka The Purple Wedding in season 4 episode 2.
And that’s it! Once you finish the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour check out these other things to do in Dubrovnik:
- Cave Bar Dubrovnik: Drinks, Good Food and a Bangin’ View
- Sailing Dubrovnik: A Day Trip to the Elafiti Islands
- Dubrovnik’s Panorama Restaurant has the Best Dinner Views. Ever.
- Dubrovnik’s Buza Bar is a Literal Hole in the Wall on the Side of a Cliff
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