Croatia’s Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

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Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Attention Game of Thrones fans! In Dubrovnik, there’s one thing you do not want to miss…

Croatia’s Game of Thrones locations!

Aside from the stunning city wall and a long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, seeing the Game of Thrones film locations was my number one priority. I mean, it’s not every day that you get to stand in the place where [SPOILER ALERT] The Mountain bare-handedly crushes Oberyn’s head like a melon.

I have two things to say about that episode: First: legendary scene! And second: too legendary to not visit the real-life location!

While the city had already blown me away with its medieval charm and war-struck orange terracotta tiles, it seemed perfect as the backdrop for King’s Landing, the capital in the epic Game of Thrones series. I wanted to find the exact locations to reconstruct the scenes so I signed up for a Game of Thrones walking tour!

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CROATIA’S GAME OF THRONES LOCATIONS

I met with Ivan at the Pile Gate. Ivan was my guide for the tour; a historian and avid fan of the TV show. He brought it all to life for me and he provided screen shots of the places that were filmed in the show.

Attention Game of Thrones fans! In Dubrovnik, there’s one thing you do not want to miss…

Croatia’s Game of Thrones locations!

In Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik was used to represent King’s Landing and a few locations with Daenerys Targaryen. The locations include St. Dominic street, Knežev dvor, Lokrum island, and Sponza palace, Fort Lovrijenac, Fort Bokar, the Minčeta tower and the abandoned hotel Belvedere.

I only visited the Game of Thrones locations in and around the Old Town, but still felt like I got to see the most important locations.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

—> I’m with Badass.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Blackwater Bay with the Red Keep, aka Lovrijenac Fortress, in the background.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

The Big Fountain of Onofrio

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

House of the Undying

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

The location of King Joffrey’s wedding

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Blackwater Bay and Bokar fortress 

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Bokar Fortress is where Varys and Tyrion planned the defense of King’s Landing in season 2

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

The meeting place between Shae, Sansa, and Petyr Baelish at the docks in season 3

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

The scene where Spice King refuses ships to Daenerys Targaryen. Location: Qarth (aka Rector’s Palace)

SEIZING THE IRON THRONE IN KING’S LANDING

And now to the seizing of the throne!

The highlight of Croatia’s Game of Thrones locations tour was finding the Iron Throne. It was located in a Game of Thrones FAN shop (Dubrovnik City shop), which you can find in one of the side streets next to main steet (Stradun). It’s not very easy to find, but there’s a big sign outside, and it’s on the side leading up to the cable car.

Note: You have to buy something first or you can’t have your picture taken.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik
Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

OTHER GAME OF THRONES LOCATIONS IN CROATIA

You can find Croatia’s Game of Thrones locations not only in Dubrovnik, but also in Šibenik and Split. All the film locations are located in Dalmatia (South of Croatia), and they’re easy to get to and from with bus or car.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

The fictional city of Meereen (Split old town)

FIND THE GAME OF THRONES FILM LOCATIONS

Normally, I love exploring a place on my own, but some of these locations are just so well hidden that you wouldn’t be able to locate them all (let alone the Iron Throne). I think it’s worth finding a guide who can show you around town and explain about the scenes. Plus, with a guide, you won’t have to pay to sit at the throne.

To be totally transparent, my guide was booked and paid for by the tourism board, but that doesn’t change the fact that I would have found a guide anyways had I visited as a non-blogger. I went with Ivan Vukovic and you can check him out through his website.

Croatia's Game of Thrones locations: Dubrovnik

Entrance to the Old Town

WHERE TO STAY IN DUBROVNIK

  • Scalini Palace – If you’re looking for a lovely hotel right in the heart of the old town, this is it. Aside from excellent location, the staff is helpful and rooms are modern and inviting. Click here to see the latest prices. 
  • Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik – Great location close to the old town. There’s an indoor and outdoor pool, spa with steam and sauna rooms. The view is amazing and staff very helpful. Click here to see the latest prices. 

Many thanks to Dubrovnik Tourist Board for generously hosting me in Dubrovnik, and thanks to my guide Ivan Vukovic for showing me around. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Now over to you. Do you love Game of Thrones, too?

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Attention Game of Thrones fans! In Dubrovnik, there's one thing you do not want to miss: The Game of Thrones film locations! In Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik was used to represent King’s Landing and a few locations with Daenerys Targaryen. In this post you'll find all the film spots.

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17 Comments

  1. Prianka October 18, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Dubrovnik looks really beautiful! I enjoyed your post about the Dubrovnik city walls as well. That is so cool that the tour guide brought those screen shots to see the GoT locations. And you got to see the House of the Undying which is awesome! Where are you headed next/now?

    • Miriam October 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Prianka. It was super cool to see the Game of Thrones location while I was there!

      I’m off to Thailand in January and hopefully I’ll be going to Lapland or Iceland in December. Do you have any travel plans?

      • Prianka October 18, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        I’m doing a mini-Euro trip through Madrid, Lisbon and Paris in December – very excited to experience some cold weather – I haven’t seen winter in over 2 years!

        • Miriam October 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

          Sounds like a great itinerary. And, you’ll get winter aplenty in Europe, maybe even snow in Paris. Here’s hoping!

  2. Joseph October 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Some of the new locations for The new season were filmed in Catalunya, in the cities of Girona and Canet de Mar. Worth checking it for a trip 😀

    • Miriam October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Cool! 🙂 I heard that the new season isn’t filmed in Dubrovnik at all, which is a shame. Have you been to Catalunya?

  3. Ola October 24, 2015 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the pictures, I’m totally in love!
    I want as soon as I get the chance to visit as well a few of the GoT locations 😀

    • Miriam October 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      My pleasure, Ola! Croatia is definitely a great place for checking out Game of Thrones locations – I especially recommend visiting Dubrovnik.

  4. Gemma July 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    So Craig and I never made it to Croatia this time around (bar a bus trip from Zagreb to Sarajevo). Opted to spend more time in Slovenia, BiH, Serbia, and Romania with the plan to return to Croatia / Montenegro next summer with more time, and money! Thanks for all your tips, I will be doing some GOT searching of my own next year!

    • Miriam July 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Sounds like the right decision. There’s no reason to rush traveling when you can always return! How did you like Slovenia? Did you go to Soca Valley?

  5. kristen May 3, 2017 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Wow where did you stay that pool looks great

    • Miriam May 4, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

      I know, right? I stayed at Valamar hotel in Dubrovnik.

  6. Miriam August 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Hi!
    My family and I are visiting Dubrovnil next week and I’m completely lost about which Game Of Thrones tour to choose. Could you please tell me which one you took ? – it seems amazing!
    Thanks!

  7. Carl Hedinger September 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    When I saw your [Spoiler Alert], I got a little afraid. Thankfully, I’ve just seen that part, lol. I’ve been wanting to visit Dubrovnik for quite a while and now that I’ve gotten into the show, I’ll definitely have to come check the places that feature as scenes, among everywhere else of course. Thanks for sharing this. Croatia looks wonderful!

    • Miriam September 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Carl. I’m glad I didn’t spoil the Oberyn part for you – what a scene!

      It’s fun to visit the real-life Game of Thrones locations, so if you ever find yourself in Dubrovnik they’re worth looking up.

  8. Sue January 7, 2019 at 7:00 am - Reply

    so the throne is in a gift shop? i had to read that twice lol. mad keen tho! did you book Ivan ahead of time? if so, do you have a link for him? we’re heading to Croatia in September. many thanks!

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