Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tour The Walls of Dubrovnik

The Walls of Dubrovnik

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The outer walls of Dubrovnik look as if they were built just for the Game of Thrones television show. While it’s true that computer-generated imagery was used to transform real locations into the world that is the show, it is still very recognizable as Dubrovnik. When you walk around the city, you may not even realize that the wall beside you is the very one that appeared as part of King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.

Dubrovnik’s city walls are a series of defensive stone walls that stretch around the old town in a distance that is 6,360 feet in length. They reach a maximum height of around 82 feet. The entire city was enclosed with walls in the 13ths century but were continually extended and strengthened upon until the 17th century. To increase the strength, the walls were reinforced by three circular and 14 quadrangular towers, five bastions, two angular fortifications and the large St. John’s Fortress. Land walls were additionally reinforced by one larger bastion and nine smaller semicircular.

With numerous additions and modifications throughout their history, the walls of Dubrovnik have been considered to be among the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period. No wonder the Game of Thrones chose this wonderful place to depict their King’s Landing in the show!

Bokar Fortress

This was featured in season two of the Game of Thrones as part of the King’s Landing walls. It can best be seen when Tyrion and Lord Varys planned the defense of King’s Landing while looking out to the sea. It was built in 1461 by Italian architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo to defend the western entrance to the city of Dubrovnik. The fort there today was completed in 1570 and is the oldest fortress in Europe.

Seaside Walls

The seaside walls can be seen in many scenes of the Game of Thrones. When Tyrion and Lord Varys planned the defense of King’s Landing on the Bokar Fortress, you can see the city walls and the computer-generated Red Keep in the background. In season six, when Jaime Lannister was on his way back from Dome sails towards King’s Landing with the dead body of Myrcella, we can see it as well.

West Walls

The west wall near the Pile Gate is used as a practice yard in season four. It is also used in season five when Lancel leads a squad of the Faith Militant to apprehend Loras Tyrell while he is practicing swordplay in the practice yard. Also, when Cersei is speaking with Tommen, the west wall doubles as the walls of Red Keep.

There are many more areas in Dubrovnik to explore not only where scenes from the Game of Thrones took place but also where history in this great city took place. There is so much to see and do here. This is a city steeped in rich culture and history as well as an exciting backdrop for not only the Game of Thrones television show but also many other shows and movies as well.

We invite you to tour the Game of Thrones and see the wonders that is Dubrovnik.

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When I knew our cruise would be docking in Dubrovnik the first thing I wanted to do was a GOT Tour. I contacted Tom and he was very informative and quick to respond - I booked the full day GOT Tour (8hrs) more than 12 months in advance. Tom maintained contact throughout the 12 months and met us dockside on the day. Tom first took us to the hills to give us a view of the Old Town - detailing the history of the area (including wars) and also showed us photos from scenes to confirm their actual location while we were standing there. We then headed out to Trsteno Arboretum (aka Highgardens) for some more film locations and exceptional views, we even got to reenact the sword scene between Jamie and Bronn. Tom then dropped us back in the Old Town where we were met by his sister Tonka (an extra from GOT). Again we walked the Old Town, the Fortress of St Lawrence and took a boat ride to Lokrum Island - all throughout being shown scenes from GOT but learning about the history of the area and we even got to sit on the THRONE (free of charge). All entrance fees were included in the price. Both Tom and Tonka spoke excellent English and were exceptional tour guides for the area with their expert knowledge (both historic and GOT) and took many photos for us. This was a private tour and was well worth the money we paid. I was very glad I booked my tour with Tom, would highly recommend his company and I someday I would like to return to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.
Vanessa G,
Lake Macquarie, Australia

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