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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 season finale!

Making of Game of Thrones in Croatia

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. 

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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.

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"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!

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In the beautiful

Paklenica National Park,

you can retrace the footsteps of the Native American hero Winnetou of the cult 1960s films. The filming of a new trilogy about the character, created by Karl May, was begun in the area in 2015, as well as in the regions of Istria, Lika and Gorski Kotar.

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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".

Visit this amazing walled city, fit for a King