Dubrovnik has provided the backdrop for a number of memorable scenes in HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones, which has earned the old city record numbers of visitors in recent years. From season 2 to season 5, the walled city was the main filming location for King’s Landing and was used in a number of outdoor scenes set in the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
Some of Dubrovnik’s best known landmarks, including the city walls, Pile Gate and Fort Lovrijenac, were featured regularly on the show, while other locations in the Old Town made the occasional appearance standing in both for King’s Landing and several other notable places in Westeros. Minčeta Tower, for instance, stood in for the House of the Undying, where Daenerys went to look for her stolen dragons, while the interior of the Rector’s Palace was used as the residence of the Spice King in Qarth.
The Dubrovnik city walls facing the sea were featured as the walls of King’s Landing, which protected the fictional city in the battle of Blackwater Bay. Fort Bokar and Pile Bay, a small bay between the forts Bokar and Lovrijenac, made a number of appearances in the show as various characters looked over the bay and watched ships come and go. The atrium of the abandoned Hotel Belvedere, located on the very edge of Dubrovnik, was the location of the trial by combat between Gregor Clegane and Oberyn Martell.
Fort Lovrijenac, one of Dubrovnik’s most recognizable Game of Thrones locations, stood in for the Red Keep, the castle containing the Iron Throne and residence of the rulers of King’s Landing, while Ploče Gate, the eastern entrance to the Dubrovnik Old Town, is recognizable to fans of the show as the Red Keep gate.
Gradac Park, a large public park located near Lovrijenac, was the location used in one of the show’s most iconic scenes, in which we parted with King Joffrey at the Purple Wedding. Another memorable Game of Thrones scene, Cersei’s walk of shame, took viewers for a nice, long stroll down the Jesuit Stairs, Gundulić Square, Stradun, and St. Dominic Street in the Old Town.
Game of Thrones Filming Locations near Dubrovnik
Two locations near Dubrovnik were also used memorably on the show: Lokrum island and the Trsteno Arboretum. The old Benedictine monastery and botanical gardens on Lokrum stood in for the city Qarth, which Daenerys visited in season 2, while the Trsteno Arboretum, located a short bus ride from Dubrovnik, provided a setting for the beautiful gardens of the Red Keep, featured in many scenes with Sansa Stark and the Tyrells.
Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Tour
Game of Thrones has placed Dubrovnik on the map as one of the world’s top destinations for film tourism and the local tourist offering has kept in step with the demand, introducing a number of Game of Thrones maps and tours to visitors looking to explore some of the places that were featured on the show. Fans of the show have many options to choose from, as there are many tours available, ranging from basic walking tours of the locations in and near the Old Town to extended tours that include visits to Trsteno and Lokrum. Tours typically begin with a meeting at Pile Gate.
Game of Thrones fans looking to spend their summer holidays in the vicinity of King’s Landing can find spacious, luxury apartments at the Villas Srebreno. The villas offer 4-star accommodation with views of the Adriatic Sea or a lush Mediterranean park and easy access to Dubrovnik.
Travellers looking for comfortable and highly functional accommodation near Dubrovnik can also stay at the Apartments Srebreno, a complex of luxury single and double bed suites in the center of Srebreno.
Those looking to explore Game of Thrones filming vacations from the comfort of a 5-star hotel can book their stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. Located near the Apartments Srebreno, the hotel is a luxury seaside resort that offers premium accommodation, excellent service and a stunning location on the seafront.
Images: Wikimedia Commons/ Chensiyuan (panoramic view of Dubrovnik Old Town), Kigsz (Minčeta Tower, Belvedere Hotel, Rector’s Palace, Fort Lovrijenac interior, Gradac Park), Jerrye and Roy Klotz (Lokrum monastery), Stefan Fussan, fussan.de (Trsteno Arboretum), Joanbanjo (Jesuit Stairs)