Fort Lovrjenac
Fort Lovrjenac
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Often called "Dubrovnik's Gibraltar", this hilltop medieval fortress sits perched outside the city walls, on a promontory overhanging the Adriatic Sea. Game of Thrones fans will recognize this as the Red Keep in King's Landing. Catch your breath after the steep climb up, enjoy the breathtaking views of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and West Harbor, and wander the imposing stone corridors and patios. Take a tour to dive deep into the rich history, or a Game of Thrones-themed one for an extra dose of fantasy. Save by getting a city pass that includes entry to Fort Lovrijenac and other sites in Dubrovnik. – Tripadvisor
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  • IQKaur
    Bengaluru, India493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another spot for beautiful views
    We visited the Fort in the morning when it was cooler. It offers beautiful views of the black water bay and city. Some reviews mention lots of steep steps but honestly it wasn’t that much of a climb either :) The fort has a few levels and offers great views all around. Many GoT tour groups were also here with their guides. It’s included in the day pass.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Zoe B
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views
    The views from the top of the fort were stunning, and well worth the steep climb up to get them. Be sure to take a camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities! We visited whilst on a walking tour, and therefore had talks from the guide which gave us lots of information about the fort. However, if you visit this on your own, I don't think there is a guide to give you this information (but you can probably buy a guide book, which I chose not to do). It's definitely worth combining a visit here with a walk around the city walls as you can get a ticket which grants you entry to both.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • SteveS1970
    Coventry, United Kingdom8,901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful fort
    There is a steep climb to get to the entrance to the fort and we hadn’t realised that the ticket for the Old Town walls included this, but paid anyway. There were a lot of GoT yours going on and although I can’t remember specific scenes, you could see how this setting would need little alteration to fit into the storyline. Well worth looking back at the Old Town, fascinating building.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,470 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm only here for the views
    The fort itself is nothing special. Pretty basic and there's really nothing inside to see. If you're smart and you got your Dubrovnik card, then it didn't cost you anything to get in here. We came on a GOT tour so we got to add the discussion and photos from the series that made the fort a little more interesting. The best part though is definitely the views. The best views of old town from the top of the fort for sure. Worth the trip up all the stairs to go inside.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Stavrialena Gontzou
    Piraeus, Greece18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A window to the past!
    I had an amazing time exploring Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik. The fort's rich history and the stunning views it offers are truly captivating. As a fan of 'Game of Thrones,' walking through the same spaces where the series was filmed felt surreal. I could almost picture the scenes unfolding around me. Also, a great tip for fellow travelers: with the Dubrovnik Pass, you get free entry to the fort, but remember, it's a one-time deal. Make sure to plan your visit carefully to fully enjoy this incredible place. For me, Fort Lovrijenac was more than just a historical site; it was a journey through a beloved series and a window into the past.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
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    Beautiful views of the walled city
    This is included in the Dubrovnik Pass and well worth a visit after walking the wall. Yes, it is more stairs, but you get fantastic views of the Dubrovnik walled city. There are several levels. The lowest levels can be accessed for free. The higher levels require the pass. Be sure to check for the staircases, as one level seemed like the highest, but actually there were more stairs, not directly in view, that you can take to the very top.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 17, 2024
  • PThomas1985
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom377 contributions
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    Amazing views
    We'd visited the fort, as entry was included in the city walls ticket. If I'm honest, there's not a great deal here, but well worth spending half an hour or so wandering around and taking in the views. Aside from the walls, this is one of the best spots for views of the old town. It's worth noting that, as you walk over from the old town, there's a relatively quiet bay to enjoy!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 16, 2024
  • babykong
    London, United Kingdom1,223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views.
    Being a massive Game of Thrones fan, Fort Lovrijenac was high on my list of places to visit whilst in Dubrovnik. I visited here as part of a GoT tour, and didn’t need to pay for entrance as I already had the Dubrovnik Pass. On that note, one of the previous reviewers marked down Fort Lovrijenac because they overheard other visitors being offered variable entrance fees. But if you’ve already bought a ticket for entry to another site, you can then pay a reduced entrance fee into selected other sites - as long as you retain your original ticket (and it’s within so many days). I know this for a fact as several people on my walking tour purchased tickets for the Fort and were told this by our tour guide. Whether or not you’re a GoT fan, the Fort is steeped in history and certainly worth visiting. The views are pretty spectacular too.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 19, 2024
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice View from the Fort
    We bought the City Walls ticket and the entrance ticket to Fort Lovrijenac was included. If you don’t, the entrance fee to Fort Lovrijenac is 15 Euro by itself. Be prepared to walk up steps to get to it. Once you’re there, you get a delightful view of the Old Town. The Fort itself is not that big - probably don’t need to spend more than 30 min there.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2024
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Graham S
Tewantin, Australia4,618 contributions
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Aug 2019
One of the first 'eyeful' views before heading into the walled city at Pile Gate.
Game Of Thrones site. A guide will show you many features but there is a steep climb & then stairs - but it is worth it!
If coach loads of site seers are emptying out at Pile Gate, walking up to Fort Lovrijenac will take 30 or so minutes & allow the hordes to disperse inside the walls (hopefully).
Written February 12, 2020
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Kerri Rays Travels
Leamington Spa, UK87 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
The views from the fort are simply divine. To get to the top there are approx. 300 steps but if you do it the views are worth it. You can enter free if you have a Walls of Dubrovnik pass and the fort is a lot quieter than seeing the walls. We went at around 9am - 10am in April.
Written April 21, 2023
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T K
Limerick, Ireland418 contributions
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Aug 2020
The views from this Fort are impressive. There are a few locations here and nearby that were used in Game of Thrones and you will recognise them as soon as you see them.

Again the history attached to this Fort and area is fascinating and the views out to the sea and down on the Old Town are fantastic. A photographers dream.

If you have a City Wall ticket then your entrance to this landmark is free so definitely good value and worth the experience.
Written August 7, 2020
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Karin and Filip
Eeklo, Belgium2,393 contributions
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Apr 2019
The Venetians already tried to build a Fort on this spot in the 11th Century to keep Dubrovnik under their power but the citizens where able to beat them to it.
It was built in just three months time and from then on constantly reconstructed.
When the Venetians returned with their ships full of materials to build the fort, they were told to return to Venice.
Written March 14, 2020
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Maro2405
Dublin, Ireland97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We had intended to do the walls of Dubrovnik but felt the 250kn entry per person was just too steep, so we thought the Fort was a good alternative. Entry here is not cheap either, 100kn per person and there is literally no information anywhere in the fort. Some A4 description pages around the place would have made a big difference and would be inexpensive. The views throughout the Fort were stunning, with some wonderful views over Dubrovnik. An enjoyable way to spend time
Written June 23, 2022
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Fort Lovrijenac is a stunning and imposing cliff-top fort located outside the medieval walls of the Old Town. It was built to guard the western entrance to the city from the Adriatic Sea.

Steeped in legend and dubbed Dubrovnik's Gibraltar, Lovrijenac Fortress (aka the Red Keep in King’s Landing) is built on a very prominent rock outcropping, a 37m high cliff, to protect the city from a Venetian attack.

Folklore states that early in the 11th century, the Venetians attempted to build a fort on the same spot where Fort Lovrijenac currently stands. If they had succeeded, they would have kept Dubrovnik under their power, but the people of the city beat them to it.
The “Chronicles of Ragusa” revealed how the fort was built within just three months and from then on constantly reconstructed and fortified. When the Venetian ships arrived, full of materials for the construction of the fort, they were told to return to Venice.

We visited the fortress as it was included in our Dubrovnik city pass, but a ticket for the Old Town walls also includes a visit to this fort but only valid for the same day. The reviews on this site are very mixed and I agree, that although the views are amazing, I would not pay an extra entrance fee.

There was a slight climb up to the fortress entrance. As I have knee issues, I was a bit concerned whether I could make it – but I took my time while dodging those running down and I was glad that I made the effort as the views were so beautiful. There was more climbing inside the fortress as we explored the area, although there really was not much to see.

Fort Lovrijenac has a triangular shape with three terraces with parapets overlooking the sea. The sea-facing side of the fortress has walls 12 meters thick but on the land facing side, the walls are only 60 centimeters thick. This was done so that if the fort was ever taken into enemy hands, the city’s cannons could break the walls.

It was defended by ten large cannons, including the beautifully carved ‘Gušter’ (‘Lizard’) made by Ivan Rabljanin. Above the door leading into the fort is the famous inscription ‘Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro’ – ‘freedom is not to be sold for all the gold in the world.’ There are two movable bridges leading to a door to access the fortress.

Game of Thrones fans will recognise Lovrijenac Fortress as the Red Keep in King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Scenes filmed here include the tournament thrown in honour of King Joffrey’s name day in the second series. The interiors of the fortress were used as the halls of the Red Keep and the exteriors are seen in shots of Blackwater Bay, were Myrcella Baratheon is shipped off to Dorne.
Written December 10, 2023
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R175
Birmingham, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is a very easy walk compared to the walls. It is very high up but actually doesn't feel like a very look walk as there are many stop points on the way with things or see so it didn't feel like a really look walk overall.
It does have some steep steps so important to be careful climbing up.

At most I think it was an hour long activity. If your into game of thrones there maybe a bit more interest to stay longer but essentially it is a fort with views.

If you do the city walls then the price is included in that which is quite fair.

The fort itself doesn't have a lot of things to see within it as it is an empty fort with not many artefacts or things from its history.

What it does have is some fantastic sea views and also views of the town and the fort. It's worth pointing out a fair few game of thrones scenes were filmed here so if you have seen the show it is more interesting

Highly recommend it and it's easily done in an hour or so.
Written November 27, 2022
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Benjamin Moye
Norwich, UK857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Went to this fortress as part of the City Pass (bought from the tourist office outside the bus stop) which was worth doing, especially as it provided free public transport. The fortress provided good views of the city walls and was interesting to explore. Only thing lacking was some information on the history of the site.
Written September 13, 2022
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Jordan
Hemel Hempstead, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I would recommend either coming up to the fort or booking a tour if you like Game of Thrones. Lots of scenes in the 'Red Keep' on the show are filmed in and around the Fort. There is also a viewing platform at the top offering great views of the Old City.
Written August 24, 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,097 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Disappointing fort that is set up just to get tourists in, once in almost nothing to see or do.

You do get the best views of the walled city and ocean views so would recommend seeing fort just for this reason, also if you have young kids a few cannons available for the kids to play on and get some nice photos of them.

If you have time constraints you can give the fort a miss, or if you think it’s set up as an actual fort you will be very disappointed.
Written August 29, 2023
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