1. Lovrijenac: One of the most impressive locations in Dubrovnik, the Lovrijenac fortress is built upon a 37-metre high sheer rock structure. Watch this triangle-shaped fortress overlooking the sea built right at the cliff, and learn about the reasons for its importance in Croatia’s defence from the sea.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you might recognize this iconic fort as it has appeared in many scenes. Club this fort with many other iconic attractions with the Game of Thrones tour. You can also admire this 1000-year-old historical site; as it is now a prime destination for many plays.
Location: Ul. od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Entry fees: 50 - 200 Kuna
2. Walls of Dubrovnik: One of the major attractions of Dubrovnik’s old town is the quite distinctive walls of Dubrovnik in the surrounding area. These walls are home to 6 major fortresses of the city including Lovrijenac, Revelin, Minceta, Bokar, St Lucas and St John. Each and every fortress aligned inside the wall, can be discovered and admired with a well guided tour and known for its history of the country Croatia. The walls provide some of the best views in the city as they overlook the vast sea.
Timings: 08:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Entry fees: 50 - 200 Kuna
3. The Cathedral of the Assumption: One of the most famous Roman Catholic cathedral in Dubrovnik is the Cathedral of Assumption. While it was destroyed in the catastrophic Croatian earthquake of 1667, it has been rebuilt and restored to its former glory.
The primary attractions here include the altar of St John of Nepomuk which is carved out of violet marble. Marvel at the huge collection of religious paintings housed inside the museum including the most prominent one - the Assumption of the Virgin.
Location: Ul. kneza Damjana Jude 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Timings: Monday - Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM, Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
4. Sponza Palace: A sublime example of gothic and renaissance architecture, the Sponza Palace is renowned to be one of the most gorgeous palaces in the city of Dubrovnik. It is one of the only few buildings that could survive the earthquake of 1667. You can admire this home to a memorial dedicated to the Croatian war of Independence.
On the modern floor, you can also get a sneak peek at the most significant documents related to Croatian history. Art connoisseurs would also want to visit this palace as it also serves as one of the hotspots to host events and exhibitions. You can admire the neatly curated museum in the palace which is home to many state archives and a 1000-year-old collection of manuscripts.
Location: Stradun 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
5. Franciscan Church and Monastery: Franciscan church is considered to be one of the largest and grandest Franciscan monasteries in the entire world. Renowned for its Baroque architecture, this monastery is also home to a pharmacy which dates back to 1317.
If you are a curious history buff, you will be amazed by the friary, church, pharmacy and a library inside. At the Placa, here you can witness many artefacts in the Pharmacy including an array of old jars, grinders, and tools that were used to make medicines in former times.
Location: Poljana Paska Milicevica 4, 20000, Dubrovnik
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
6. Rector’s Palace: Built in the late 15th century, the Rector’s palace used to serve as the residential palace of the then Rector of Croatia. Built in gothic-renaissance architectural style, the palace contains his office and private chambers. In modern times, the palace has been turned into a Cultural History museum, with artefacts related to mediaeval and ancient Croatian history on display.
Visitors here can marvel at the restored rooms which are rather artful and contain portraits, coats of coins and arms that date back hundreds of years ago. On some days, the hall also hosts various concerts and lively events, in which you can partake to have entertainment.
Location: Ul. Pred Dvorom 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry fees: 50 - 100 Kuna
7. Red History Museum: If you wish to know all about Croatia’s modern history, this is the place to be as this interactive museum is entirely dedicated to how life was in Croatia under the communist rule. There are several large rooms inside the museum with numerous artefacts from the said period. Interactive displays and multimedia are also utilised to provide a fun learning experience. The museum also features talks, workshops, film projections and a small library.
Location: Ul. Svetog Križa 3, 20000, Dubrovnik
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM
Entry fees: 50 Kuna
8. Fort Imperial: Learn more about Croatia’s renowned defence by exploring the Fort Imperial which played a rather crucial role for Croatia during the Homeland war. Situated right adjacent to the scene of the fierce battles the palace delves deeper into Croatia’s famed war history.
You can admire the dedicated museum inside the fort which showcases the defence prowess of Croatia. If you visit this fort during the end of the day, you can catch one of the most beautiful sunsets and panoramic skyline vistas. You will have to take a cable car, one of the most interesting highlights of the place.
Location: Srd ul. 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Entry fees: 15 - 30 Kuna