The car-free city of Dubrovnik is located in the south of Croatia directly on the Adriatic Sea. The picturesque old town with its winding streets and historical testimonies was not designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing. Dubrovnik combines architecturally attractive buildings, such as the Rector’s Palace and the Lovrijenac Fortress, with many shopping opportunities. It is an ideal destination for those interested in culture as well as for those who like to go out.
Top sights in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is extremely popular with art and culture enthusiasts with its range of culturally valuable sights. Attractions include:
- Lovrijenac Fortress: this historic structure dating from the 14th to 16th centuries was built on a rock almost 40m high. Today it makes a great venue for theatre performances.
- Dubrovnik Cathedral: The baroque church houses a multi-part painting by the Venetian painter Titian as well as valuable relics made of gold and silver.
- Rector’s Palace: This magnificent building was constructed in the Gothic style, with Renaissance elements added. The museum housed here presents historical furniture and coats of arms.
- Dubrovnik City Wall: Considered in Europe to be the best-preserved defensive fortification system from the Middle Ages. Visitors take the famous walk along the defensive walls and enjoy a wonderful view.
- Pile City Gate: The gate was built in 1460 and received its present appearance in 1537. It is located on the western side of the Old Town in the Pile district.
Sightseeing in Dubrovnik
For those interested in culture, the massive 15th century Bokar Fortress is also a popular destination. It is known for its cylindrical construction and is located directly on the sea. The impressive city harbour dates from the same period. A little away from the centre is another historical attraction, the Gornji Ugao tower. It is the remains of a foundry from the Middle Ages. The tower houses an extremely worthwhile museum that provides information about Dubrovnik’s long history. All those who are passionate about art should pay a visit to the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD). And less than 1km from Dubrovnik’s old town is the small island of Lokrum, which is a protected nature reserve. Excursionists here can visit the Benedictine monastery dating back to 1023 and the Fort Royal built by the French. Dubrovnik Card holders benefit from numerous advantages. It is available for one day as well as for three- and seven-day stays. With the ticket, entry to some top sights is free. There are also discounts in selected establishments and the use of public buses among others in the city is included.