Pearl of the Adriatic

Old town, Dubrovnik

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia, is a special pleasure. It is a medieval trade city with high walls, beautiful houses and streets made of ancient stones. A place with two wonderful harbors and an atmosphere that makes it easy for you to travel back in time. A place that is for very good reasons listed in the UNESCO world heritage site list as a whole. And it is an amazing place for canoeing around historic sights. As much as you need to see Venezia once in a lifetime you need to see Dubrovnik.

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Lokrum, Dubrovnik

Once people have seen all angles of the old city of Dubrovnik they often search for some nature and a bit of recreation. Preferred destination for that is the island of Lokrum, a natural reserve on an island directly in front of the city (just 600 meters away). You simply need to get to the harbor, buy a ticket and a boat will take you out to a relaxed place with beaches, bars, a castle, a botanical garden and peacocks.

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Craft beer

Dubrovnik Beer Company, Dubrovnik

If you choose the rather remote harbor area of Dubrovnik for your stay you have good connections with the bus terminal and the cruise ship terminal nearby. But there aren’t many good options for a chilled beer and some good food. The exception is the DBC, the Dubrovnik Beer Company close to the roundabout. There you’ll get some fine self-brewed craft beer, they offer tours and sometimes there is also live music.

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Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD), Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik hosts some small museums in the historic city center, especially on seafaring and natural history. If you want to enjoy a more modern and large museum you need to leave the city center through the Ploče gate towards the East. After some meters you’ll find the wonderful Museum of Modern Art (or short: MOMAD) close to the shore of the Mediterranean sea.

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Under attack

Fort Imperial, Dubrovnik

It is rather uncommon that national states appear and disappear, but when it happens it is most often associated with large pain and bloodshed. That is especially true for Yugoslavia which was artificially created after World War I. It was planned as a state for south Slavic people, but this group was too heterogenous to grow together. Different ethnic groups, mostly Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croatians and Muslim Bosniaks aimed either for predominance or autonomy. And Albanians, Hungarians, Macedonians, Montenegrins and Romani found themselves in between.

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Žičara, Dubrovnik

The best views on the old town of Dubrovnik you’ll find on mountain Srđ. It is a 412 meters high mountain that can be easily accessed by cable car from a station close to the Ploče gate of the city center. When you arrive up there you can enjoy lunch in a restaurant with an amazing outdoor terrace and you can visit a museum in the ruins of the ancient Fort Imperial.

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Lovrijenac fortress, Dubrovnik

The Lovrijenac fortress of Dubrovnik is located outside of the old town. From the Pile gate you can walk down to the old harbor and on the other side climb up the hill to the fortress. It’s steep but very much worth the effort, especially for wonderful pictures of the city. The fortress was built from the 11th century CE on to protect the city against attacks from the sea and from the land. The location of the fortress is breathtaking as it is standing solitary on a rock.

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Game of Thrones

Historic stairs, Dubrovnik

Between 2011 and 2019 the TV show Game of Thrones (or short GoT), based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin caught the attention of people all around the world. It was the complex story of different houses fighting for the dominance on the fictious continent Westeros that attracted the viewers, but also the unusual characters that were beloved and hated. And the showrunners selected beautiful places to film the series for HBO, something that connected the TV series to reality.

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