Walk once over the Dubrovnik City Walls! This impressive travel destination is sure to be found on many lists of ideas – and rightly so! The city wall is not only one of the most impressive sights in Dubrovnik, but also offers unique views of the orange roof sea of the old town, the Lovrijenac fortress and the deep blue Adriatic. Find out everything you need to know about visiting the Dubrovnik city wall here.
Dubrovnik City Walls – everything you need to know
What makes the City Walls of Dubrovnik so special?
The Stari Grad (Old Town) of Dubrovnik and with it the imposing city wall has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
The wall is around two kilometers long and can be walked on throughout. The fortification is particularly well developed on the land side and 4 to 6 meters thick, on the sea side “only” around one to 3 meters. The most striking points are the 5 fortresses Minčeta, Sveti Ivan, Bokar, Revelin and Lovrijenac (located on the other side of the bay).
How much does it cost to go to the Dubrovnik City Walls?
The current admission prices for a ticket are:
- Adults: 200 kn p / person (depending on the exchange rate ~ 25-30 euros)
- Students: 50 kn p / person (~ 6.50 euros)
- Children (under 18 years): 50 kn p / person (~ 6.50 euros)
- Admission is free for children under the age of 7
Note: The ticket also includes admission to the Lovrijenac Fortress, from where you have great views and photo spots on the Stari Grad from Dubrovnik!
Are the Dubrovnik City Walls worth it?
The most crucial question:
200 kuna per person for a visit to the city walls of Dubrovnik is a proud price, especially if you are traveling with the whole family or are just arriving from cheaper neighboring countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina or Montenegro, 30 euros quickly correspond to the daily budget – including accommodation.
My personal opinion: You shouldn’t miss the city wall of Dubrovnik!
If you have already made the long journey to Dubrovnik, you should also fully enjoy the city and its sights – and the city wall should not be missing.
Only from here you have unique views of the old town, especially from the high towers on the land side. You look over to the Lovrijenac fortress, to the harbor and hidden gardens and backyards of the Stari Grad, which you cannot or cannot see in the narrow streets below.
The long history in a nutshell: YES, it is worth climbing the Dubrovnik city wall!
You will not remember the expensive entrance fee in a few years, but you will certainly remember the experience and the magnificent views!
When does the City Wall of Dubrovnik open?
A distinction is made between summer and winter seasons.
The opening hours of the summer season are:
- 8 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. (April 1 – July 31)
- 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (August 1 – August 31)
- 8 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. (September 1 – September 14)
- 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (September 15 – September 30)
- 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (October 1 – October 31)
In winter, the entry times to the Dubrovnik City Walls are shortened somewhat:
- 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (November 1 – March 31)
On December 25th the city wall is closed for Christmas.
You can find exact opening times on the official website.
How do I get to the City Walls?
There are two official exits to the city walls of Dubrovnik:
The first is easy to find: you enter the Stari Grad of Dubrovnik through the Pile Gate and turn left before the St. Savior Church. There you can already see the ticket sales.
You can find another staircase at the Ploče gate on the eastern edge of the old town.
It is difficult to say which is the better starting point.
My personal recommendation is to start at Pile Gate. Some of the following sections of the wall are very narrow and it is very pleasant to enjoy the views and photo spots of many other visitors. In the worst case, you have no choice but to literally “swim with the current” and give up your own pace.
You can also take photos of the high walls and towers on the land side, i.e. from the Ploce Gate, without any problems when there is a large crowd. The magnificent views from there over the old town are also a great way to end your round on the city wall.
How long does it take to walk around the Dubrovnik City Walls?
A circular route on the city walls of Dubrovnik has a length of around 2 kilometers. You can only walk in one direction, it’s kind of a one-way street. That makes absolute sense for the mass of visitors.
You should plan around 2 hours for a round, a little more if the number of visitors is high. You will run comfortably, sometimes there are stairs. Let your gaze wander over the picturesque scenery, take your photos in peace – always provided you have the necessary space.
You should plan another hour to visit and walk to Lovrijenac Fortress on the other side of the west port.
A few more practical tips for you
- Make sure you have enough fluids and sun protection! There are few shady places on the city wall and the sun is very ruthless, especially in midsummer.
- Do not do without suitable footwear, there are some steps to climb, which can quickly become dangerously slippery depending on the weather conditions.
- Are you looking for shade, relaxation and a reward for getting up early and climbing the stairs? Stop by the Buža Bar and be enchanted by the wonderful view of the Adriatic.
There are interesting combined tickets and activities which include the City Walls of Dubrovnik:
Would you like to experience a great day in Dubrovnik and not miss any sights? Then make planning your city break easier with the JOURNICATION article BIG5 Things to do in Dubrovnik – your perfect day. Here you will find the plan for a self-guided city tour, the summary of the BIG5, checklists & maps.
Do you want to experience the city wall without annoying crowds of tourists? Here you’ll learn how: 5 Tips how to enjoy the City Walls of Dubrovnik alone
Now you have everything you need to know about the city walls of Dubrovnik and you are ready for the journey to the “Pearl of the Adriatic” 🇭🇷
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