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Attractions in Dubrovnik
Walking the City Walls of the old town is perhaps the most popular of all the attractions that Dubrovnik has to offer. On top of the walls you will get a great view overlooking the old town and the oceanside. During the summer it is recommended to do the walls in the morning or late afternoon as the sun can get real intense on top of the wall in the middle of the day. The city walls are about 2km long and some places 12 meters wide and 25 meters high. There are 3 entrances to the City Walls: on Stradun by the Pile gate, by fort Saint John's and at the Custom's House gate. Entrance tickets to the walls can be bought at the entrance situated at Stradun. While you are walking the City Walls you will get to see the Minceta fort which is situated on the nortwest side of the city inside the City Walls. Enjoy the sunset from the fort if you are walking during evening hours. Fort Lawrence and Fort Revelin are also worth to check out closer while walking the walls.
Picture: View from fort Minceta
The Maritime Museum
The museum itself is situated inside fort Saint John. This is one of the most important museums to visit as it deals with Dubrovnik's great past as a shipping power in the Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean. Usually open from 9AM to 6PM.
The Rector's Palace Museum, Pred dvorom 1
Painting, furniture, artifacts and other items from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. Today's building is a hybrid of gothic, renaissance and baroque styles. However, Dubrovnik does no longer have a rector, which was like a symbolic leader and governator. Inside the palace you can see the rector's office, his private chambers, public halls and administrative offices. Every rector could just hold on to the position for one month, and interestingly the elected rector was not allowed to leave the building during this one-month term without getting permission from the senate. Fun fact: The HBO series "Game of Thrones" used the building as shooting location for many of the Quarth-scenes.
Picture: Inside the Rector's Palace
Franciscan Monastery and Museum, Placa 2
A very popular attraction in Dubrovnik, so be prepared for crowded conditions during summer. It is a beautiful monastery dating back to the 14th century. The world's third oldes pharmacy can be found here. Usually open from 9AM to 6PM.
Church of Saint Blaise (at the southern end of Stradum)
Originally 14th-century Romanesque, but severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667 and then finally destroyed in a fire in 1706, it was rebuild in baroque style between 1706 and 1714. The church is dedicated to the city's patron saint.
Cable car trip
Take the cable car to the 405 meter high top overlooking the Old town to get a perfect view of the city and the picturesque surroundings of Dubrovnik. The trip to the top will take about 5 minutes. At the top you can find a snack bar and restaurant. Highly recommended.
Boat trip to Lokrum
Take the ferry (10 min trip) to the island of Lokrum which is the large island that is situated right outside the Old town. Here you will find a fort with a great view overlooking Dubrovnik, botanical gardens and a monastery. There is also a nice restaturant at the island where you can eat a good meal for reasonable prices in peaceful surroundings. Many people also pack their swimwear when going to Lokrum to dive into the clear waters from the many cliffs and coves. You can easily spend 4-6 hours on the island.
Picture: Lokrum, the way to the fortress at the top of the island
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