Game of Thrones Walking Tour

Travel is my passion. But for many of my friends, watching a good program on television is what gets them excited. There is one such production that has captured the imagination of not only my friends but also millions of viewers across the globe and kept them passionate and glued to their television sets for not one but eight back-to-back series and for years together.

You know what I am referring to. It’s the HBO produced American television series ‘Game of Thrones’ created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The series is based on George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire and takes place on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, and takes the viewers through the power struggles among noble families as they fight for control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones, Pic courtesy HBO, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Game of Thrones, Pic courtesy HBO

We reached Old Town and next to Onofrio’s fountain the meeting point on time. In fact a little before. Enough time for me to look around, take a few pics and observe. For me it is fun watching people enjoying their vacations. The couples, the families and especially the kids whom I find so interesting and amusing. They always in their own world enjoying the present. And I still remember that little one and her happy bright eyes as she was licking on to her super long delicious ice cream cone.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen to our Games of thrones walking tour. We are all set to go. The tour will be for two hours. During this time I am going to take you to some of the most prominent and exciting locations of your favorite series”. It was our guide for the morning, Marija Knapic. A bright sunny morning. And I remembered our last evening. Raining incessantly and me praying, O God don’t spoil our holiday ๐Ÿ˜. God had heard and ensured that the day was going to be care free without any raincoats or umbrellas ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ. Except Marija, with her red umbrella.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We started and as we walked a few steps we felt happy that the walk was going to be enjoyable. Not only for the beauty that we were about to experience but also for Marija’s great sense of humor while speaking perfect English, a constant smile on her face, her fast paced walk with a purpose and a great mastery over the story and the actors. She had also acted in few episodes during the shoot as an extra while mentioning that the shooting would always be in the winters when there were less tourists and this was one good way of earning a quick buck, while also being part of the entire action. Come let’s also get into action.Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
As we walk out of Old Town..
Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Past the piers, the boats, the sea and the beautiful blue sky..
Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
And this location, Pile Bay frequently used for filming in different seasons..
Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
A view of Old Town as we climb up..

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Fort Lovrijenac

We were soon climbing the steps to Fort Lovrijenac. This towering majestic fort is located outside the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik and doubled as the Red Keep in Kingโ€™s Landing in the Game of Thrones series. Many scenes were filmed here, including the tense tournament that was thrown in honor of King Joffreyโ€™s name day in season two.

You got to walk up the steep stairs to the entrance counter on the first level, buy your tickets which costs fifty kunas per person and enter this palatial fort. The triangular shaped building is set on three levels and has ten large cannons guarding the sea facing walls. The inscription above the main door, โ€œFreedom cannot be sold for all the gold of the worldโ€ perhaps signifies the pride of Dubrovnik over the years. And who would not feel proud when you also happen to live in such a beautiful city.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

View from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is time now to take you through this wonderful piece of history as we walk our way up to the top of the fort. Those of you who have been ardent followers, it would surely be fun recalling some of the filming spots. There are few hints from our end too. Come let’s go and enjoy your nostalgia and the stunning views from top.

Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
As we start our journey inside
Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The views as we go up..

Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
It’s beautiful at the top..
Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The famous courtyard from where we started..

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Can you recall? Studio visual effects were used to recreate this scene..
Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of the Canons and the history around..

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Views from Fort Lovrijenac, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

When you have these views in front of you, it leaves no doubts why Dubrovnik, a perfectly maintained medieval city, was chosen as one of the destinations for the filming of Game of Thrones. There are many episodes in season two, three, four, five, six and eight which have been shot in Fort Lovrijenac, Pile Bay, Pile Gate, Ploce Gate, Old Town streets and walls, Minceta Tower and Lokrum Island. It was now time to move back towards Old Town again and to a widely talked about spot, in addition to some of the locations that we have already seen yesterday in Old Town Dubrovnik & Dubrovnik Old Town by night….

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
As we walk back..

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

We are now at the top of the Jesuit Staircase. This beautiful Baroque stairs is located on the south side of Gundulic Square. The steps lead you to Uz Jezuite Street, where the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius and two of Dubrovnikโ€™s colleges, Jesuit College and Ragusinum are located.

The most iconic scene in season five, ‘Walk of Shame’ was shot here in which Cersei Lannister looks down at the disapproving crowd as she is forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing to the Red Keep, as a woman screams ‘shame’ in her ears. Beginning at the top of the Jesuit Staircase and walking down, this scene was performed in reality by a body double since Lena Kathren Headey, the English actress who performed this iconic role was pregnant during that time, as reports suggest .

Old Town, Dubrovnik, CroatiaThis was actually one of the most expensive scenes to film for ‘Game of Thrones’ as the street below these Spanish Steps is usually filled with vendors and packed crowds engaged in a bargain. The film crew had to pay all of the bars, restaurants and vendors a full days work to be able to gain rights to this area. In addition all the house owners of the street were paid to keep their windows shut and stay indoors.

It was few hours of fun going through some wonderful history, great locations, beautiful views and interesting anecdotes related to this super successful American fantasy-drama HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ which has won numerous awards, including three ‘Prime time Emmy Awards’. And now it’s time for some lunch, some more walk and a little relaxation at our guest house amidst nature, before we are back to Old Town again for yet another evening of celebrations and fun.

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia‘Game of Thrones’. Undoubtedly one of the prime reasons why Dubrovnik has seen an upsurge of tourists over the years and become one of the most sought after tourist destinations.

Visit Dubrovnik. Get nostalgic amidst nature in this beautiful world.

 

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74 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. aalokbhattacharya says:

    ๐Ÿ‘ŒBah. ๐Ÿ‘

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I have not watched the Game of Thrones, but I sure would love to go on that Walking Tour! The views are stunning! I will send the link to this post to my friend. She’s a big fan of the show.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Christine definitely worth a visit for the views.

      1. bushrazblogs says:

        Wow this place looks awesome… I really love places like this… Thank you for sharing your experience ๐Ÿ˜‡

  4. Emman Damian says:

    Onofrioโ€™s fountain looks so amazing! I want to the Game of Thrones walking tour too! It looks so fun!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Emman. It was some great fun.

  5. Bill Sweeney says:

    This is a perfect tour for any Game of Thrones Fans! Heck, I’d love to take the family on this walking tour!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Bill worth a visit.

  6. Martina Roy says:

    This is very really unique helpful information. keep it up. Thank you so much!

  7. Nicole Anderson says:

    No wonder this walking tour is well attended when you think of the huge number of Game of Thrones fans. Even aside from this, Dubrovnik is known to be a location surrounded by a lot of natural beauty. Your photos also show this so well, giving another great reason to visit this lovely place.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Plan it out sometime Nicole. You would love it.

  8. Ben Butler says:

    I would love to do this. I am a ginormous Game of Thrones fan – even with that terrible ending. I would love to see the filming locations.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You would love the nostalgia Ben ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. The tour intrigues me, the show, not so much. However, I will say that now that I have seen this tour, I kind of wonder how good the show might be.

  10. travelwisesr says:

    Dubrovnik is beautiful. With or without GOT ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. Kelly Martin says:

    This walking tour looks great. Love the view from the top of the fort.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it’s beautiful out there at the top ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. How cool is this. My partner is a massive game of thrones fan, so this would suit him down to the ground x

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes I guess he would love it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. Great post! My husband is a huge GoT fan and would love this walking tour!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes he would love it for sure ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Carolyn says:

    I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, but my brother watches it. I think he’d love to take this walking tour!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a lovely short tour ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Emily Fata says:

    When it was airing, Game of Thrones was my all-time favourite TV show. I’d love to go and visit all of the places that this was filmed at — every set on the show was so beautiful.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes then you must take out time for Dubrovnik and you would love it.

  16. sjd68 says:

    As a huge fan of the show I recognized each spot before you even mentioned what it was. I woudl love to do this!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Great Scott. You must sometime and get lost in nostalgia.

  17. Alyssa says:

    I don’t watch game of thrones, but it looks like a cool walking tour. Nice pictures!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Alyssa ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. We are Game of Throne fans and did a similar Belfast tour. We love loved everything about it and Scotland is beautiful. What an amazing opportunity and we were not disappointed. Check out our post here. https://www.dreamsabroad.org/belfast-and-game-of-thrones-tour-part-three/

    1. travelwisesr says:

      These yours are so nostalgic. I would check out your tour in Belfast ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    They had a lot of really nice locations for this movie. A lot of places are worth checking out!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Try and make a visit sometime ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. Lyanna Soria says:

    The place looks amazing! I know a Game of Thrones fan, a friend of mine actually, who would absolutely love going here. Will forward this to her.

  21. Smita says:

    It’s beautiful, especially those red roofed buildings! Even without Game of Thrones it looks like an amazing place to visit. (And as it is the crappy last GOT season has made the franchise lose quite a few fans!)

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Smita. GOT or no GOT, Dubrovnik is awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. My goodness! I wanna do this. Sometimes I still think of Game of Thrones and miss it so much, but I’ve been reading through the books now. I’d looooooove to do this walking tour!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are a true fan and must try and visit sometime ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. katrina Kroeplin says:

    oh man, i wish i was there. that looks like a blast. i would love to be able to do this.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah Katrina plan out sometime and make a trip. You won’t feel like coming back ๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. WOW! Your pictures are beautiful, the place might be really good in real, wish I could also visit the place in the near future.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Do try and visit for a wonderful time ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. What a fun tour! I, like so many others, loved Game of Thrones so getting to tour where parts were filmed must have been great! I love the views from the top – those are some great shots!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. Yeah it was great being there in Dubrovnik ๐Ÿ˜Š

  26. Alexandra says:

    I have actually never watched the show so I wouldn’t really know the things you are referring to. But I love how you write when you are showing us different places. It’s like you are our tour guide and you are leading us along. All the pictures really give the reader an idea of what it is like to be there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much Alexandra. It makes me do happy that you liked my style of presentation. It means a lot to me ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. I’ve been reading and following your Dubvronik series very closely, and I’m in love with this city after you’ve shared it. Now, I know I have to go! After I finished reading this, I immediately text my husband and told him about it because he is a huge GoT fan, and got me into it too. You just pushed Croatia even higher on my travel bucket list, Subhashish!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I know Erica and you along with your dear hubby must plan a visit sometime. And hang on there is some more fun coming your way ๐Ÿ˜

  28. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    I think it is a very funny and interesting approach to Dubrovnik exploration. I think I would even go for it even especially as I liked the show. Nice guide as well

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Lyosha. Dubrovnik is so close to Russia ๐Ÿ˜Š

  29. Khushboo says:

    I am sure you guys must have fun there. I am a big fan of Games of Thrones

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Khushboo we had some great time ๐Ÿ˜Š

  30. These pictures are so spectacular! You have a way bringing so much life into your posts that’ll make the reader feel like you’re physically there.
    Thank you for sharing

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much. So happy you liked reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. kaye says:

    I had no idea that there was a walking tour of the set and filming of the Game of Thrones! I am jealous!! I figured most of there set, like the beautiful scenery that you’ve captured in these pictures, were just CGI!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Kaye so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

  32. Eileen M Loya says:

    I have not watched a single episode of Game of Thrones (yet) but I do like this post about Dubvronik. It looks like a really awesome place to visit! I might as well start saving up for it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Eileen so much. Yes you must visit sometime. And you’ll love it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. Snehal says:

    Kinda jealous of you! ๐Ÿ˜‚ now i dont care about other things on my bucket list. This is my top priority now! ๐Ÿ˜ jokes apart… Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Snehal we loved being in Dubrovnik ๐Ÿ˜Š

  34. I’m going there next year, so I’m so excited to see the preview from your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Gena. Wish you a great time when you are there.

  35. The view of the sea from the fort is spectacular! I would love to stay by there for quite some more time. Anyway, I love walk tours especially where you’re guided on all the beautiful spots. The Game of Thromes walking tour must have been fun for you, right?

  36. This is such a cool idea! I never knew the actual physical location for game of thrones.

  37. Oh my! My boyfriend is a fan of Game of Thrones. He’ll enjoy going in these locations. Thanks for the detailed information. I might surprise him soon!

  38. I have never seen GOT and have no idea about characters or story line. It has been pending….. My husband is a big fan so he would love to enjoy every bit of it.

  39. laura dove says:

    I have never seen this show but my friend is obsessed with it and has been to most of the locations already! I feel as though I am missing out!

  40. Ana says:

    As a huge fan of GOT, I so want to do this tour. But I’ve totally enjoyed your virtual tour! I bet it must be an ultimate experience!

  41. My other half is a massive game of thrones fan, so he would love to do this for sure xx

  42. Chocoviv says:

    I was at Split a few years back ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      We too visited and were staying close to promenade. Am yet to pen down.

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