The Amazing Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

The Amazing Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

Spoiler alert! If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you're going to seriously love this tour of Dubrovnik, #Croatia. It's a chance to see many of the filming locations and compare them to the show. Is it too #aspirational to ask some of the actors to show up?!


The Dubrovnik Game Of Thrones Tour

While in Split, Croatia, I managed to sneak a glimpse of the Game of Thrones production team, and even witness some of the filming. I was so disappointed when my husband finally arrived at the scene a few days later, and we found that everyone was gone.

Visiting the real backdrop of the world’s most popular TV show was definitely a fairytale event for me.

Still, all was not lost, and when we heard that Dubrovnik played host to a casting event for the show, we were on our way. Visiting the real backdrop of the world’s most popular TV show was definitely a fairytale event for me. On top of that I was really looking forward to exploring Dubrovnik further with our local expert from Tours by Locals.

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Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik

Aspirational
 Dubrovnik, Croatia
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The Start Of An Epic Adventure

Our guide, Tom, found us easily enough at Pile Gate, a popular entrance for tourists. He has been in Dubrovnik for more than 30 years, and aside from being an avid Game of Thrones fan himself, also knew a lot of secrets as well, especially since his sister used to be an extra on the series. Imagine our luck!

We knew we’d have an insider’s view not just on the city’s culture and important locations, but also on many intriguing and little-known details linked to the well-known HBO show.

Filming location for King Joffrey’s weddingand well-known death scene
Filming location for King Joffrey’s weddingand well-known death scene

We were given photo booklets to compare scenes from Game of Throne with the real thing. We managed to explore a few places within the old city walls, as well as near the nearby fortress, where entrance was provided by using the old city wall ticket we had purchased the previous day.

She is a huge fan
She is a huge fan

Of course, you will not find all the scenes from the show here since it’s also filmed in Northern Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, and Malta. But rest assured that you’ll get much more than just a Dubrovnik history lesson, with access to the best filming locations in the area.

Dubrovnik And "King’s Landing"

During the tour, we learned Dubrovnik’s old city walls and Fort Lovrijenac were the main locations used for filming scenes such as King Joffrey’s name day and other King’s Landing events. Also, the fortress and the nearby island of Lokrum were the places where scenes from Qarth and Daenerys’ House of the Undying scenes (in Minceta Tower) were filmed.

Exploring the mysterious tunnels of The Fortress
Exploring the mysterious tunnels of The Fortress

Dubrovnik is nicknamed “King’s Landing,” and for good reason, since you can always find a princely new adventure here. And to that end, after the tour was over Tom led us to a place called Buza Bar – literally a “hole in the wall” café etched into a cliff right above the Adriatic Sea.

Buza Bar – literally a “hole in the wall” café etched into a cliff right above the Adriatic Sea.

You’ll find the bar to offer an excellent scenic view of the sea, and aside from the drinks being quite delicious, it’s also a great place for cliff diving.

Excellent scenic view of the sea from the bar
Excellent scenic view of the sea from the bar

A Story To Remember

After our little adventure, we reached a small hostel where Peter Dinklage (our own beloved Tyrion Lannister) drank through the night one time with some Australian friends during the 1st season’s filming. The staff found him passed out on the couch next morning, and not knowing who he was, demanded he pay for the night and all the alcohol that had “mysteriously disappeared.” We even found a sign above the couch placed as a fond reminder of that memorable event, and I found myself wishing Peter was still there.

Peter Dinklage personally warmed up this spot for our son
Peter Dinklage personally warmed up this spot for our son

Other Important Places

There are some cool filming locations from Season 4 you can visit, including Klis Fortress and Perun – to the North and East of Split, and Diocletian’s Palace within the city itself. Also, there’s Baska Voda and Mosor mountain to the south.

Map of Dubrovnik showing the 300+ UNESCO heritage buildings damaged during the Croatian War of Independence
Map of Dubrovnik showing the 300+ UNESCO heritage buildings damaged during the Croatian War of Independence

If you’re a fan of the TV show you’ll certainly enjoy the exceptional Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour, and if you’re not, you will definitely become one after exploring all the remarkable filming locations and diving into Dubrovnik’s fascinating history.

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