Games of Thrones couldn’t have found a more ideal country to film a number of its memorable scenes in Croatia. Its eclectic landscape is a mix of ancient walls, gates, and fortresses along with lush uninhabited islands or abundant centuries-old gardens.
Together, they provide the perfect backdrop for a phenomenal series that has been followed by millions across the globe during the past decade.
The series also generated a renewed interest in Croatia, as visitors pour in to check out the filming locations as well as discover more about this gorgeous country.
Here’s a list of Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia for you to visit, all showcasing the country’s rich heritage and natural beauty.
- Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Croatia
- 1. Dubrovnik as King’s Landing
- 2. Ethnographic Museum
- 3. Pile Gate
- 4. St Dominika Street and Stradun, Dubrovnik
- 5. Lovrijenac Fortress
- 6. Lokrum Island
- 7. Minceta Tower
- 8. Trsteno Arboretum, Tresteno
- 9. Diocletian’s Palace, Split
- 10. Klis Fortress
Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Croatia
1. Dubrovnik as King’s Landing
The city of Dubrovnik in Croatia is the setting for King’s Landing, which is the capital of the fictional seven kingdoms in Game of Thrones. In the series, King’s Landing is a scenic coastal city that was a witness to various events.
The picturesque old city of Dubrovnik is the perfect location to capture all the drama, especially the walled city area that overlooks the stunning Dalmatian coast.
There are many spots in the city that can be easily traced to specific scenes in the TV series. If you’re a fan who’s keen on details, you could easily point them out even without a map, or you can join a walking tour.
It takes more than a couple of hours to stroll along the King’s Landing of Dubrovnik but it’s well worth it, particularly the ascent up a flight of stairs for a magnificent view of the city.
If you are in the city, the King’s Landing filming location is also one of the must-sees in Dubrovnik.
Summer opening hours
08.00 – 18.30 h (April 1st – May 31st)
08.00 – 19.30 h (June 1st – July 31st)
08.00 – 19.00 h (August 1st – August 31st)
08.00 – 18.30 h (September 1st – September 14th)
08.00 – 18.00 h (September 14th – September 30th)
08.00 – 17.30 h (October 1st – October 31st)
adults – 200 HRK (around €26.87)
children and students concession – 50 HRK (around €6.72)
children under the age of 7 accompanied by an adult: free, unlimited entry.
Phone: +385 20 638 801
Address: Poljana Paska Milicevica 20000 Dubrovnik
2. Ethnographic Museum
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Dubrovnik’s old town has some pretty impressive architecture with a lot of history behind it, but among those that stand out is the building that houses the Ethnographic Museum. This structure dates back to the 26th century and was once a granary.
In-Game of Thrones, the Ethnographic Museum was the location for the brothel where Tyrion Lannister meets Oberyn Martell in the 4th season. In that scene, Tyrion welcomes the ‘Red Viper’ after he stabs a Lannister soldier.
The place offers a less sordid atmosphere in real life, as it’s a beautiful museum you can walk around in, with cool tunnels displaying native costumes and textile crafts.
Adults – 130 kuna (€17.59)
schoolchildren and students – 50 kuna (€6.77)
These fees include access to other museums in Dubrovnik.
Phone: +385(0)20 323 056
Address: Ul. od Rupa 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
3. Pile Gate
Pile Cove was once an important transport hub for seafarers arriving in the western part of Dubrovnik. It is regarded as one of the best city attractions, a gorgeous area that’s recently drawing visitors for being one of the more recognizable settings for Game of Thrones.
From the cove, one can easily spot Bokar and Lovrijenac forts, making it the perfect setting for Blackwater Bay in the fantasy TV series.
Pile has been filmed in different angles for various scenes in the series but one of the notable ones was that part where Shae and Sansa Stark watch the ships before Sansa discusses escape plans with Littlefinger at the end of the pier.
4. St Dominika Street and Stradun, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik’s cityscape provides an ideal location for a fantasy series set hundreds of years ago, with its ancient walls, and cobbled streets lined with stone houses. This is the popular St.Dominika Street and in the series, this was the bustling market, as well as where the City Watch or ‘Gold Cloaks’ lurked around King’s Landing.
This street was also where the murder of King Robert’s illegitimate sons took place.
Meanwhile, the nearby Stradun, which is Dubrovnik’s busy thoroughfare was where Cersei Lannister takes her naked walk of shame in the fifth season.
5. Lovrijenac Fortress
The ‘Instagrammable’ Lovrijenac Fortress is something of a mecca for Game of Thrones fans. Perched on a rock that’s 37 meters high, this gorgeous and imposing structure was an important location seen frequently in the TV series.
Easily seen once you’re in the old walls of Dubrovnik, this was the setting for Joffrey’s name day ceremony, as well as other scenes with Cersei and the other Lannisters held in the interior courtyards.
This was also the Red Keep in the series and has provided a stunning backdrop for scenes involving the King’s Landing.
Apart from being a known location for a hit TV series, Lovrijenac Fort also allows you to witness Dubrovnik’s stunning skyline as well as look out into the Adriatic sea.
Monday to Sunday – 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
adult – 200 HRK (€27)
children- (5-18) 50 HRK (€6.77)
children under 5 years don’t pay a fee for the entrance
Phone: +385 (0)20 323 887
Address: Brsalje 5 20000 Dubrovnik
6. Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island is located just 600 meters from the main city of Dubrovnik. The uninhabited island dates back to 1023 and abounds with lush greenery and historical ruins. Lokrum is surrounded by rocky beaches and is home to old fort ruins and botanical gardens.
The island provided an ideal location for the ancient port city of Qarth in the second season of Game of Thrones. Qarth is where Daenerys meets the spice king at his palace, and also the location for Xaro Xhoan Daxos’s garden party held in the roadway lined with pine trees.
7. Minceta Tower
Situated at the highest point of Dubrovnik is the Minceta Tower, which is also an ideal observation deck where you can enjoy scenic views of the city. This Tower was also the setting for the House of the Undying, which Khaleesi visits on her quest to find her dragons.
Surrounded by cobbled lanes, fans can walk through the passages where the scene was filmed. You can also see the King’s Landing from the tower as well as stunning views of the Adriatic coastline.
Monday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
per person HRK 200 -(€27)
HRK 50 -(€6.77) for children under the age of 18 and students.
Address: Ul.Ispod Minčete 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
8. Trsteno Arboretum, Tresteno
Located near the main city of Dubrovnik is the Tresteno Arboretum, one of the oldest of its kind in this part of Europe. This was built in the 15th century and has some of the world’s oldest species of trees.
A wonderful mix of wild greenery and vibrant flowering plants, this botanical garden boasts of Renaissance-era landscaping. All these makeup for the ideal setting for the King’s Landing gardens, which appears in various parts of Game of Thrones.
This was the location for scenes with Sansa and Lady Olenna Tyrell, as well as the conversations between Sansa and Margaery Tyrell.
Monday to Sunday – 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
adults – 50 Kuna (€6.77)
children and students – 30 Kuna (€4.06)
Phone: +385 20 323-887
Address: Brsalje 5, 20000 Dubrovnik, Hrvatska
9. Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Another city in Croatia where you can find notable Game of Thrones filming locations in Split and one of these is in the maze-like Diocletian’s Palace. Considered as a Roman architecture marvel, this palace is an eclectic mix of winding marble streets and interconnected stone buildings.
In Game of Thrones, Diocletian’s Palace was used as Daenerys’ throne room, where she keeps and trains her dragons. This palace was also where the slaves declared a mutiny against their masters in the fourth season.
Diocletian’s has been around for 1700 years, with lots of history attached to it, as varied as its intertwined marble lanes and hemmed together stone buildings and a perfect setting for the queen and her dragons. If you are in town, this is one of the best things to do in Split.
Open 24 Hours
Address: Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
10. Klis Fortress
Perched on the small Croatian town close to Split is the rustic Klis Fortress. This medieval structure was the seat of Croatian kings during the earlier times and is now a peaceful yet dramatic spot with scenic views of the valley and the city below.
Exterior shots of the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones were filmed here, adding only some strategic CGI such as trees, walkways, and windows. Klis Fortress was where much of Daenerys’ storyline took place, especially in the fourth season.
This is where she overthrows the Mereen, the largest of the slave cities. Fans of the series can hike up the Fortress to see the exact spot where Daenerys nailed the slave cities’ former leaders, witnessed by hundreds of its people.
Every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
For the period from November 1 to December 31, it is:
Adults – 40 kuna
Children (up to 15 years) – 20 kuna
Address: Kliška tvrđava, 21231, Klis, Croatia