The city walls that surround the ancient city of Dubrovnik are a popular tourist attraction and can be walked in just over an hour. The main access point is via a steep flight of steps on the western side, just inside the city main entrance of Pile.
This view from the north eastern corner of the wall looks out through the entrance of the ancient harbour, towards the uninhabited island of Lokrum in the distance.
Dubrovnik City Wall north-east - Dubrovnik visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dubrovnik City Wall north-east' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dubrovnik-Neretva.
The Old City of Dubrovnik is surrounded by medieval stone walls, built in the 12th century and greatly modified between the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, these are one of the best examples of medieval fortifications on earth and the best in Europe. The Old City of Dubrovnik was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
The walls of Dubrovnik are nearly 2km long, reaching 25m tall in places and several meters thick. It was surrounded by a deep moat on the landward side and fortified with about 120 cannon. Along the top of the wall are three circular and 14 quadrangular towers and five bastions (bulwarks). In addition, the walls contain 3 large fortresses, Minčeta Tower, Fort Bokar and St. John's Fortress protecting the Old City Port.
Entrance to Dubrovnik was via one of three gates on the landward side (Gate of Pila, Gate of Ploča and Gate of Buža) and 2 gates from the old port (Gate of Ponte and Fishmarket Gate). The main gate was Pila Gate, protected by Bokar Fort. Today, these stunning fortifications are a major tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, with thousands coming to tour the various forts and admire the views from the walls. This view, taken from the eastern side of the Old City, shows a view over the harbour and out to Lokrum Island. Another panorama shows the view from the western walls of Dubrovnik.
Car: Dubrovnik Old City district is pedestrianised. The nearest parking is on Iza Grada, the road that encircles the northern walls of the Old City.