Walking The Ancient City Walls Of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's unique appearance, famous the world over, has much to do with its famous ancient City walls. Walking along the City walls is a must-do while visiting Dubrovnik.
These impressive walls can be walked in full length and are ideal spot to enjoy unique views of the city's squares and palaces, narrow streets as well as the island of Lokrum and the crystal blue sea.
A view from the sea to the City walls
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In the text below read some information which will help you to make the most of your walk along the City walls. Find out OPENING TIMES, ADMISSION PRICES to the walls, where to BUY TICKETS, how to FIND ENTRANCES and some EXTRA TIPS for walking the walls.
A stunning view from the City walls to city roofs and the island of Lokrum
Some facts about City walls
The City walls are 1940 metres in length and encompass the entire Old Town. They comprise a series of fortifications, bastions and towers.
The walls were built in the period from the 13th to the 17th century in order to defend Dubrovnik from its enemies. The main land-facing wall is between 4 and 6 metres in width, while the sea-facing wall is a little narrower, between 1.5 and 3 metres. Its height is as great as 25 metres in some places and at key points there are fortifications.
To the north there is the round Minceta Fortress (the highest point of the walls), to the east the Revelin Fortress, and on the south-east side, the large St John’s Fortress complex. To the west is the Bokar Fortress. Besides these fortifications, the city walls are guarded by a whole series of smaller towers and bastions.
Tourists enjoying the walk along Dubrovnik city walls
Dubrovnik City walls
- ADULTS - 200 HRK
- STUDENTS (only with valid Croatia Student Card, International Student Card - ISIS & European Youth Card) - 50 HRK
- CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS (5 - 18) - 50 HRK
- CHILDREN UNDER 5 - free
- DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY RESIDENTS - free with ID at the entrance.
Visitors exploring the seaside section of the City walls
Where to buy Dubrovnik City walls tickets
- Dubrovnik City walls tickets can be purchased at each entrance as well as online at VIATOR web-site.
- The main entrance to the city walls is situated at the beginning of Stradun (entering from Pile Gate) to the right-hand side. Tickets can be paid in CROATIAN KUNAS or BY CREDIT CARDS - no Euros or US$ accepted.
- Please note that Dubrovnik Card includes a free visit to the City walls.
View of the red city roofs
CITY WALLS OPENING TIMES
MONTH BY MONTH
- JANUARY & FEBRUARY & MARCH: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- APRIL & MAY: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- JUNE & JULY: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- AUGUST & SEPTEMBER: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- OCTOBER: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- NOVEMBER & DECEMBER: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dubrovnik City walls are open all year round except on 25th of December (Christmas Day).
The main entrance to the City walls, close to the Pile Gate
How to find the Dubrovnik City walls entrances
FROM THE OLD CITY HARBOUR (for cruise visitors): Some cruise ships on their visit to Dubrovnik anchor in front of the Old Town. Passengers are transferred to the old town harbour by boats. One of the entrances to the City walls is situated only a short walk from there. After leaving the port turn right and walk along the St Dominic's street until you reach St Lucas Fortress. You will come across the iron gate and entrance to the city walls.
FROM THE CRUISE PORT (in Gruz): After disembarking the ship take any city bus to the Old Town (no. 1A, no. 1B, no. 3) and ride it until the last stop. Walk through the Pile Gate. Once you step onto Stradun through the Pile Gate, there is an office on the right-hand side where you can purchase tickets for the City walls.
FROM BABIN KUK / LAPAD: Take either city bus no. 4 or no. 6 and ride it until the last stop (Pile Gate). Get off the bus and walk until you reach Stradun. Turn right to reach the office where you can buy tickets for the City walls.
Visitors climbing the City walls
- If you do not wish to tour the entire length of the City walls, you can end the tour at any of these entrance points. The walk on the walls usually lasts from ninety minutes to two hours.
- Take into consideration that walking the walls include also climbing the stairs so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- Make sure to bring a bottle of water with you for refreshment and to protect your head, as during the tour you will be exposed to direct sun.
- For a more pleasant experience, an early morning (as early as possible) or late afternoon (starting from approximately 5 p.m.) walk is recommended.
- Ticket for the City walls tour is valid for sightseeing at Fortress Lovrijenac.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit Lovrijenac Fortress which offers a magnificent view of the Pile Gate and Old Town. You can get to the fortress by climbing the stairs located by the bus stop at Pile Gate entrance.
- Please be sure to exercise caution during the tour. Don't do anything that would endanger yourself or others.