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Behind the scenes

Lannister, Stark, Targaryen

If you recognise any of these surnames, you’ll love exploring some of the places that have inspired locations seen in Game of Thrones and other well-known productions.




King’s Landing 

really does exist... and what’s more you can even walk through its streets! In the spectacular city of Dubrovnik you can revisit the Blackwater Battle, visit the House of the Undying, and even recreate your own enthralling fifth-season finale! 

Making of Game of Thrones in Croatia

  • Dubrovnik is known as the “pearl of the Adriatic”
  • The city’s history dates back over 1,000 years
  • Dubrovnik’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A 1,940m-long wall encloses the city
  • Sponza Palace is one of the best preserved Renaissance palaces
  • Beside Sponza Palace is Luza Sqaure and its Clock Tower



Confidences are exchanged and conspiracies and alliances made at the Red Keep Gardens within King's Landing. And to enjoy the lush and exotic vegetation, all you have to do is travel 20 minutes north of Dubrovnik up the coast to Trsteno Arboretum, dating back to 1502. Among its species of flora are two giant plane trees over 400 years old that are unique specimens of the plant in Europe. 



There is no need to cross the Narrow Sea to reach Essos.

At Diocletian’s ancient Roman palace in Split you will soon recognise where Daenerys established her unstoppable rise to power... Hail! 



Some 20 minutes north of Split lies one of "Khaleesi's" conquests. The Klis Fortress was the location chosen to represent the city of Meereen in the popular TV series. The fort also offers an unforgettable panorama with a wonderful view of Split, Solin, Kaštela and the islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar and Vis.


"Crossing Lines"

Games of Thrones is not the only series to choose Croatia as a set, however. In 2015 the popular series "Crossing Lines", starring Donald Sutherland, filmed scenes for the third season in the stunning coastal towns of Opatija, Rijeka and Rovinj, that are all worth more than a visit!


Croatia has in fact been an object of admiration for all kinds of artists around the world. Here are some interesting facts you may not know (but do spread the word!):


  • Orson Wells shot his adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" in Zagreb.
  • Jules Verne set the plot of his novel "Mathias Sandorf" in the town of Pazin.
  • Alfred Hitchcock claimed that “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world”
  • Lord Byron christened the city of Dubrovnik “The Pearl of the Adriatic”.
  • George Bernard Shaw claimed that “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”.
  • Shaw also wrote: "On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath".
  • Vladimir Nabokov described his summers as a youth in Opatija as "perfect".