Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
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  • Lee Ann Murray
    Dallas, Texas417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite Unusual
    One of the neatest and most unique things I have seen! I had never heard of it until we were right on top of it and someone was telling us about it. We quite literally stumbled on it, very peaceful to sit and listen to. You don't often come across things this simple and enchanting.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than a series of steps
    Zadar's waterfront is not just a great spot for strolling and watching the sunset. On the southwestern quay, we sat on the steps to listen to the Sea Organ. It is one of the top attractions located on the Zadar Riva. What initially may look simply like a series of shallow steps leading into the Adriatic, this art instalment is actually a musical instrument that plays melodic tunes with the water crashing into it. This is also an ideal spot to settle yourself to watch the sunset, which legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once described as “the world’s most beautiful”. Designed by architect Nikola Basic, this musical instrument is built right into the quayside. Under the stone steps are a set of pipes which produce musical chords as waves push the air up through the pipes. Sea motion drives air and water through the whistles' openings, producing an endless string of sounds that vary according to the force and speed of the waves and that is best described as a mellow whale-cello duet. During any season and at practically any time of day, you are guaranteed to find people sitting on the steps, or on the benches nearby, listening to the haunting humming and moaning produced by the organ in union with the forces of nature. Free and sunset included.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zadar, Croatia Sea Organ
    This is definitely worth seeing. We arrived by cruise ship which was docked immediately adjacent to this attraction. The music created by this architectural genius is beautiful and ever-changing. Each wave goes past chambers beneath the stairs and generated the tones which are ducted to ports in the top of the stairs. Amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • polixenia
    Bucharest, Romania24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature in sync with the city
    A bit weird the first time you hear it, amazing once you relax and enjoy. A surprising sound installation that feels inviting. Somehow, it feels that it is in perfect sync with the life of the city. Amazing sunset seeing spot, get early so you can enjoy a spot.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • juliarodman
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eerie, but soothing!
    What an interesting idea! We went down to the sea organ early to get a good spot to watch the sunset, the teens and dad had great fun diving off the pier while I took in the atmosphere of the eerie, but weirdly soothing noises and the spectacular sunset. As the sunset the busy crowd fell silent and appreciated the sun setting over the horizon, and once it was gone, the chatter picked up again. Lovely experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Dingo_6152
    Fremantle, Australia3,024 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adriatic Aural soundscape
    The sea organ (Morske orgulje) is an unbelievably simple but complex and clever piece of architecture where the Adriatic’s waves make music 24 hours a day. Designed and installed by Nikola Bašić in 2005, it looks like a series of simple white marble steps between the promenade and the sea. But is an incredible, enchanting, almost haunting dance between nature and art. The lapping aqua-hued waves of the Adriatic Sea create a symphony generated from the force of the water hitting against the quay and pushing air through ‘organ’ pipes to produce sound. On a calm day, a gentle hum may play faintly but on choppier occasions, be prepared to hear a full orchestral soundtrack being performed.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • letsgosydney
    Sydney, Australia362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t think twice just go … hopefully more than once as the waves “make” the music.
    I LOVED this. It’s a communal get together by the water. You sit on white marble steps and the waves “play” a musical tune, it reminded me of the sound of whales calling to each other. I went 3 times in different conditions and each time was different, depending on the conditions. On a calm day it was peaceful and soothing but on a stormy day, it was more frenetic and wild. One of my favourite things in Zadar.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • HikingHonu
    San Diego, California240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun stop
    This is such an amazing stop. We were able to hear it as we were nearing the organ. You can stand or sit on the steps along the ocean and listen to the sounds of the organ. As boats pass, the wake can make the sounds louder and fun to hear. You can make your visit as long or as short as you want. My 10 -year old niece enjoys music and really found it to be interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Jenni T
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in Zadar
    An unusual experience. The sounds created by the Sea Organ are both eerie and therapeutic at the same time. Everyone comes here in the evening to sit on the steps and await the sunset, so it gets very busy. It's well worth it though. The sky was a blaze of red when we visited, and it was truly beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • colleen b
    Cranbrook, Canada31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful experience
    We went to listen to this marvel in the evening of our first day…and it was a haunting experience Not too many people on this warm October night, so we were able to sit right on the edge of the ocean. Then we went back the next afternoon and were surprised to hear the music just as clearly as the night before. So, I don’t think it seems to make any difference as to the time of day.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
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Dreamtowander
Orange County, CA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We arrived at the sea organ at sunset and watched the most gorgeous sunset. As we did not fully experience the sea organ due to the crowds so we went back later at night. Nighttime was memorable - listening to the sea organ and watching the lights and dancing. What a creative art-piece to enable so many people appreciate the sea, the sunset, and beautiful summer evenings!
Written June 22, 2022
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Tom Y
Lynnwood, WA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Strange and unique, a must for any Zadar visit. Best time of day is at sunset, so you can lose yourself in the beautiful sight in the West and the mystical sounds all around you, simultaneously. The Sea Organ is at its best when a large boat passes by to kick up some waves, which are the driving force behind the sounds.
Written January 24, 2020
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Madgnats
Kenai, AK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
It was a windy day so there was a fairly heavy surf and the sea organ played loudly! So loud because of the rough surf. The flute tones were flat because of the surf. We went back the next day and it was more quiet and in tune most of the time. Highly recommend!
Written July 15, 2020
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CezaryBaryka
Gdansk, Poland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
The shore is singing! When the waves crush on the shore, it gives the impresion of a music instrument playing. Very interesting and unusual.

The organs are located in a very good spot for watching sunset, a nice bonus.
Written August 12, 2021
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Pretty cool.

The sounds are haunting and the fact that the city would put so much money and energy into an installation like this speaks volumes about how much they value tourism. It's beautiful, functional, and artistic all wrapped into one package.

I'm glad I don't live near it. I can't imagine how loud and annoying it might get in a storm.
Written September 9, 2021
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Zadar's waterfront is not just a great spot for strolling and watching the sunset. On the southwestern quay, we sat on the steps to listen to the Sea Organ. It is one of the top attractions located on the Zadar Riva. What initially may look simply like a series of shallow steps leading into the Adriatic, this art instalment is actually a musical instrument that plays melodic tunes with the water crashing into it. This is also an ideal spot to settle yourself to watch the sunset, which legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once described as “the world’s most beautiful”.

Designed by architect Nikola Basic, this musical instrument is built right into the quayside. Under the stone steps are a set of pipes which produce musical chords as waves push the air up through the pipes. Sea motion drives air and water through the whistles' openings, producing an endless string of sounds that vary according to the force and speed of the waves and that is best described as a mellow whale-cello duet.

During any season and at practically any time of day, you are guaranteed to find people sitting on the steps, or on the benches nearby, listening to the haunting humming and moaning produced by the organ in union with the forces of nature.

Free and sunset included.
Written July 16, 2023
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
On our tour from Holland America, we took a bus from our ship that dropped us off at the sea organ to begin our walking tour.
Insofar as I am aware, this is the only sea organ in the world. This device was made by the architect Nikola Bašić as part of the project to redesign the new city coast and the site was opened to the public on 15 April 2005. The waves interact with the organ and create somewhat random but harmonic sounds.
Written January 6, 2022
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Deryn H
Waterlooville, UK2,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What a lovely feature on the sea shore. The Sea Organ captures the movement of the waves and transforms it into music. It is very popular place just to sit and listen to the notes that are being created by the water. There are so few in the world it is definitely worth a visit.
Written May 23, 2022
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The sea organ is a very unique art installation. The seawater moving through the sea organ makes some haunting and enchanting music. Stopping and listening to it for a bit is very relaxing and enjoying. This is a perfect place to take a break and a must-visit site in Zadar.
Written September 19, 2021
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Sza_bee
Timisoara, Romania348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
It is so obvious, still, not may of us thought of such impersonation of an organ.
Maybe I do not know and there are a few of them around the world...
Place has a great view of the sea, and of you're lucky, you will see a big ass ship round the corner.
Take your time and spend some by sitting on the steps. It gives you peace of mind.
Some took a bath too... why not.
Further down the alley there are some old stuff exhibits, I found a postcard which was sent from Temesvar to Zadar 110 years ago. Now I took it back. :-)
Written September 26, 2021
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