View over the old town and harbor from Dubrovnik Cable Car on Sdr Hill, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
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In a swift four minutes, the Dubrovnik cable car will deliver you to the top of Mount Srdi for awe-inspiring views of the Old Town and Elaphite Islands. On clear days, you can even see Italy far out on the horizon. Next to the cable-car station is Napoleon’s Fort Royal, an immense stone fortress that played a strategic role in the 1992 Siege of Dubrovnik during the Croatian War of Independence. Today, the fort houses the Museum of Contemporary History, which showcases artifacts from the Dubrovnik battlefields as well as a BBC film that vividly illustrates the events of 1991 and 1992.
Dubrovnik From Above
Nineteen years after Serbian forces destroyed it, Dubrovnik’s cable car—shuttling passengers between the Stari Grad (Old Town) and Srđ Hill—re-opened in 2010. For a pricey $15 or so, visitors can get amazing views from the top of the hill or while climbing to the top on the cable car.
Get a Bird's Eye View of Dubrovnik Via the City's Cable Car
Our first two days in Dubrovnik, the sun hid among a thick cloak of clouds. Dodging a deluge of raindrops that’s unusual for the city, we longed for the vibrant ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ of postcards. On the day of our cable car ride up to Mount Srdj, 405 meters above sea level, things started to look up, with Dubrovnik transitioning from greyscale tones to Technicolor. Our cable car lifted off, and within seconds, Dubrovnik looked more like a medieval Lego land than a formidable city, ringed by 2 kilometers of walls. In my peripheral vision, residential rooftops faded into scratchy green vegetation, and finally a rocky hillside. In less than three minutes, we had glided 778 meters from lower to upper station. The views from the top of the platforms and Mount Srdj were incredible. We also visited the Homeland Museum, which is housed in a fort that was built by the French in the early 1800s.
Ride the cable car
I kept putting this off during my trip thinking it was too touristy, but I’m glad I finally did it. The view really is breathtaking and the museum in the Imperial Fortress just behind it is a must.
Take a cable car ride for stunning panoramic views of Dubrovnik & beyond
Take the cable car from outside the old town in Dubrovnik up 1,300 feet above sea level to Mound Srdj. Enjoy the views of Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island, the gorgeous Adriatic, and the mountains behind you. The line for the cable car may look long, but it goes fast and is most definitely worth the wait.