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Wandering through King’s Landing

Exploring the real-life locations of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is an incredibly successful TV series that has a huge fan base from all over the world. It has also made its audience emotionally connected to the characters, tale, and GOT universe. Many locations of the show are based on actual places and one of these is Dubrovnik, where some of the series’ most noteworthy moments were shot.

Since the show’s second season, Dubrovnik has become a major tourist spot for fans of the show. Its cobblestone roads, iconic walls, and renowned architecture provided the setting for some of the show’s most memorable scenes. Visitors can explore a variety of “Game of Thrones” sites, such as the Blackwater Bay, Red Keep, and the House of the Undying, all within a walking distance.

The Jesuit Stairs

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you cannot miss the Jesuit Stairs in the Old Town. These stairs were the backdrop for Cersei’s unforgettable walk of shame and have become a must-see attraction for fans. Located below the stunning Church of St. Ignatius, the Jesuit Steps are hard to miss. Visitors flock to these steps to recreate their own version of this iconic scene.

Pile Gate

Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate entrance to the Old Town has played a starring role in Game of Thrones, appearing in Seasons 2 and 3. One of its most memorable scenes was in Season 2, Episode 6 ‘The Old Gods and the New’, where King Joffrey is attacked by an angry mob as he returns to Red Keep after Marcella is sent away to Dorne. The entrance also features in Season 3, Episode 10 ‘Mhysa’ when Jamie Lannister returns to King’s Landing.

Pile Harbour

Just outside the Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik, close to Pile Gate, lies the picturesque Pile Harbour. From here, visitors can take in the stunning setting of King’s Landing Harbour, with Bokar Fortress to the left and Fort Lovrijenac on the right.

The Pile Harbour appeared in Season 2, Episode 6 ‘The Old Gods and the New’ when the Lannisters said goodbye to Princess Myrcella. It also made a return in Season 6, Episode 1 ‘The Red Woman’, where Cersei awaits Myrcella’s return.

City Walls

Dubrovnik’s Walls are likely the most renowned filming sites of “Game of Thrones”. The walls were used to depict the King’s Landing walls, which is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Tourists to Dubrovnik can go on a journey through the walls and get the chance to stroll along the same pathways as the characters of the show.

Lovrijenac Fort

Fort Lovrijenac, a stunning fortress, served as the iconic Red Keep in King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Many memorable scenes were shot at this majestic fortress, including the grand tournament thrown in honor of the cruel King Joffrey’s name day in season two. The fort’s stunning architecture and its breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea make it a must-visit destination for GOT fans.

Rector’s Palace

Rector’s Palace is a stunning piece of architecture located near the city’s Cathedral. This magnificent building played a crucial role in the series as it stood in for Qarth when Daenerys Targaryen asked the Spice King for ships to aid her army. The palace’s intricate details and majestic architecture will immediately transport you to the world of Westeros.

St. Dominic Street

This picturesque street was the backdrop for many market scenes, but it’s also where the Gold Cloaks committed a heinous act by killing one of King Robert’s illegitimate sons.

Gradac Park

The usually peaceful Gradac Park, located just a short stroll outside the Old Town is where the grand wedding reception of Margaery Tyrell and King Joffrey Baratheon took place. The path was adorned with a vibrant red carpet, while elegant red cloths swayed from the trees, creating a dreamy atmosphere fit for a royal celebration. However, the joyous occasion turned into a tragedy when King Joffrey was poisoned and breathed his last in the very same park.

Island of Lokrum

Also, the nearby Lokrum Island is a popular “Game of Thrones” filming place. It offers the backdrop to some of the most renowned moments from the show, like Daenerys Targaryen’s entrance in the city and the Battle of the Blackwater. People who visit the island can explore its natural trails, botanical gardens, and monasteries.

Minčeta Tower

Admireres of the show can also visit Minčeta Tower which was used as the House of the Undying in the show. The tower provides breathtaking views of the city and the nearby sea.

The Belvedere Hotel

This is an abbadoned hotel near the Old Town with a small graffiti covered arena where the duel  between Oberyn and The Mountain took place.

Trsteno Arboretum

Finally the stunning Arboretum Trsteno is where the gardens of King’s Landing were filmed, with famous characters from Game of Thrones weaving plots and exchange secrets. This beautiful location doubles up as one of the major filming spots for the show, transporting fans to the heart of Westeros.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan you will not want to miss the chance to walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters in our stunning city. Experience the real-life filming locations, that make the show come to life right before your eyes. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the iconic spots that you’ve only seen on your TV screen. Dubrovnik’s grandeur will take your breath away and stepping into the actual locations featured in “Game of Thrones” will transport you straight into the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in the world of Westeros and discover the magic of Dubrovnik. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!

For the best Game of Throes guided walking tour check out Dubrovnik Bucket List. For the Game of Thrones memorabilia, you might want to visit an official Game of Thrones souvenir shop that is conveniently located in the Old Town and close to many of the filming locations. And if you want to dine with a GOT view, definitely visit the Arka restaurant located beneath the “Stairs of shame”. There are also numerous tour agencies offering GOT tours, so this might be interesting, although exploring things on your own and getting lost around is what we always recommend, so bellow is the map to help you explore most of the locations on your own. Enjoy!

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