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Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik: Croatia Travel Guide

Craving beautiful coastlines and Game of Thrones fun? This Croatia Travel Guide will help you effortlessly explore the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik!

Croatia is incredibly beautiful and full of life! Whether you love Game of Thrones, aquatic adventures, history, spectacular cliffs, charming city streets or delicious seafood, Dubrovnik is the destination for you. Below you will find all the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik collected in this handy Croatia Travel Guide.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Restaurants with the Best Views

Panorama Restaurant is situated on Srđ, a mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. Don’t miss the chance to see this picturesque, walled city from an epically elevated view! Be sure to book a reservation well in advance so that you get a table in the first row. The view is breathtaking and the risotto is quite tasty!

You can drive up to Panorama Restaurant via a winding, single lane road or you can take the cable car. A round trip ride on the cable car costs 170HRK and a one way ticket is 90HRK. The cable car drops you off right at the restaurant! The address of Panorama Restaurant is Srđ ul. 3.

In addition to Panorama, Restaurant More (inside Hotel More) is another fabulous place to dine with a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea! Take in a gorgeous sunset. Sip on some wine and enjoy a few oysters. The pumpkin soup is also delicious! In addition to this fabulous restaurant, Hotel More has so much more to offer! It is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

Unique Boutique Hotel with a Cave Bar

Without a doubt, Hotel More is the ideal place to stay in Dubrovnik! It is a five-star boutique hotel located in the Bay of Lapad, with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel is built into the side of a cliff and even has a natural cave inside! Hotel More has multiple levels of restaurants, bars and terraces with incredible cuisine to please every palate.

Cave Bar More is one of the most unique bars I have ever seen! You can grab a drink and take in the view (and depth) of the natural cave around you. A short walk down a hallway takes you to the waters edge where you can jacuzzi, swim or jump into the Adriatic Sea!

Click here to book your stay at this amazing boutique hotel. Hotel More is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City of Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” It is a UNESCO protected site filled with fountains, churches, monasteries and palaces. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles.

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The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City is surrounded by a medieval wall. Get a ticket to walk the city walls because the views are breathtaking! The entrance fees for Dubrovnik City walls are 200HRK. A ticket to walk the City Walls also includes a visit to the Lovrijenac Fortress which was a popular filming location for Game of Thrones! More on that below…

PRO TIP: parking near the Old City is extremely limited and very expensive. It is more cost effective to park further away and take public transit, walk or Uber to the Old City.

Game of Thrones Sights

Dubrovnik was the main filming location for King’s Landing which is the capital of the 7 Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Many scenes from seasons 2-6 were filmed in the city. You can take an organized tour of the locations or adventure on a self guided tour if that is more your style.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the most iconic GOT sights in Dubrovnik:

  • Walk of Shame” was filmed at the Jesuit Staircase. The steps lead up to Uz Jezuite Street.
  • Red Keep” was filmed at Fort Lovrijenac.
  • Purple Wedding” was filmed at Gradac Park.
  • Fight between Oberyn and the Mountain “was filmed at Belvedere Atrium.
  • Blackwater Bay” was filmed at Dubrovnik West Pier.
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Game of Thrones filming locations for the Purple Wedding, the Red Keep and Blackwater Bay

Best Time of Year to Visit

Over 1.1 million tourists visit Dubrovnik each year. As a result, the small streets of the Old City can feel very crowded. Avoid the summer months as this is the peak tourism season. The optimal time to visit Croatia is in September! The weather is gorgeous, the water is warm and there are less tourists out and about.

In conclusion, I hope these Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik motivate you to explore this breathtaking city in Croatia for yourself! If you are interested in other European destinations to add to your next trip, take a look at Top Things to Do in Vienna, Bratislava and Liechtenstein! Watch this space as Top Things to Do in Split is coming soon!

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Top Things to Do in Vienna: Travel and Art Guide

Austria is calling! This Travel and Art Guide will help you easily explore the Top Things to Do in Vienna. The capital city is a major European hotspot for art, architecture, history, music and more!

Vienna is a cultural powerhouse teeming with intellect and life. The legacy of the city was established by Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Gustav Klimt and the Hapsburg dynasty. Vienna’s opulent palaces, cathedrals and gardens feel straight out of a fairytale. Below you will find all the Top Things to Do in Vienna!

Viennese Art: Iconic Artists to See

A visit to Vienna would not be complete without experiencing the work of the most famous Austrian painters. Gustav Klimt played a large role in the Vienna Art Nouveau movement. His signature style incorporates painting with precious metals. His works shine beautifully in real life, something that you have to see in person! Gustav Klimt’s most famous piece is titled “The Kiss” and it is on display along with “Judith,” “Sunflower” and many more. In fact, the largest collection of Gustav Klimt in the world is at the Belvedere Palace.

Along with Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele is a standout Austrian painter of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement that is on display throughout much of the city. Egon Schiele is well known for his figurative work, psychological expressionism and intensity. The following works of his are on display at the Belvedere Palace:

Architecture and Landmarks: Top Sights

Vienna is an amazing city to view architecture! The imperial palaces include the Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere Palace and the Hofburg Palace. Each palace has something unique to offer and all are surrounded by gorgeous, royal gardens!

The Hofburg Palace is the former principal palace of the Hapsburg dynasty. It is the current residence of the President of Austria. The location is walkable from the city center. It houses the Austrian National Library which is stunningly ornate! At the Hofburg Palace you can also tour the Spanish riding school if equestrian activities are more your cup of tea.

Schönbrunn Palace is Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction as well as a Cultural World Heritage Site. It was the main summer residence of the Hapsburg dynasty. You really get a feel for how royalty lived by touring their living quarters and opulent ballrooms. In addition, the complex includes a zoo and a stunning greenhouse!

The Belvedere Palace is really two baroque palaces, upper and lower Belvedere that were built as a summer residence for Eugene Prince of Savoy. The gardens are perfectly sculpted with fountains and sphinx statues throughout. In addition, the Belvedere functions as an art museum featuring Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and many other Austrian artists. In fact, it houses the largest collection of Gustav Klimt artwork in the world.

In addition to baroque architecture, Vienna also has some very eccentric structures! Friedensreich Hundertwasser is an Austrian architect, artist and environmental activist who was inspired by art nouveau artists and natural shapes. The Hundertwasser Haus is a quirky, colorful apartment building he designed that has mosaic elements throughout. Hundertwasser Village is across the street which continues the eccentric theme. There you can stop in a café, purchase some souvenirs and check out some art galleries.

A trip to Vienna would be incomplete without stopping in to see some of the gorgeous cathedrals. The most well known gothic church is called St. Stephen’s Cathedral! Be sure to take a look at the intricately tiled roof from all sides. Climb up the north tower for a stunning view of center city. St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a nearby Baroque Roman Catholic parish church that is also worth a visit.

Furthermore, don’t miss the chance to see the State Opera House, Anchor Clock, Trinity Column and many more icons throughout Vienna!

Vienna Restaurants: Where to Eat

There are many delicious restaurants in Vienna that suit every budget and dietary preference. Whether you love a posh ambiance, an ancient history or a local brewery vibe- Vienna has it!

Blue Mustard is a Michelin Star restaurant with incredible interior design. Guests choose from three fixed menus that are travel themed! I selected the ‘First Class’ menu and each course was named after a city around the world. The restaurant itself features hand carved gothic windows at the bar with 3D mapping cascading over them. It also shows a charming wall to wall map of Vienna that is lit in neon. The lighting and overall ambiance is stunning and it is a must see for foodies! Blue Mustard is a short walk from Stephansplatz, located at Dorotheergasse 6-8.

Zwölf Apostelkeller or Twelve Apostles has classic Austrian cuisine uniquely served in a medieval cellar that is very deep underground! Live music was played throughout our meal and the service was excellent. The food was tasty, traditional Viennese from old recipes dating back to 1339! You can’t go wrong with the wiener schnitzel or fiakergulasch! There is a nice Austrian wine selection to boot. Zwölf Apostelkeller is located at Sonnenfelsgasse 3.

Transportation: How to Get Around Vienna

Public transportation in Vienna is made easy with the WienMobil App! It is completely paperless which is an eco friendly win. From the app you can grab a single ticket, 24, 48, or 72 hour tickets, weekly pass all the way up to an annual ticket. If you are riding to or from the airport, you can get a City Airport Train ticket as well on the WienMobil App. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the airport to city center.

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You can also grab a Vienna Card, which allows you to travel around the city for 24, 48 or 72 hours as much as you want! The benefit to the Vienna Card is that it enables discounts at some museums and restaurants. In addition, Uber is conveniently available throughout Vienna in just a few taps on your phone.

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In conclusion, I hope these Top Things to Do in Vienna motivate you to explore this breathtaking city in Austria for yourself! If you would like to see more of this beautiful city, check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna! Or if you are interested in other Central European cities, take a look at my Bratislava Travel and Art Guide.

Have you been to Vienna? What did you like the most? Let me know below in the comments!

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Liechtenstein Travel and Art Guide: Day Trip to Vaduz

liechtenstein flag vector mapThis Liechtenstein Travel and Art Guide has everything you need to plan a day trip to Vaduz! Don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden alpine gem and its capital city.

Liechtenstein is a 25km long alpine micro-state that is situated on the border of Switzerland and Austria. It is one of two double-landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan). This means it is completely surrounded by landlocked countries. It makes up for its lack of coastline with stunning mountains! Over half of the surface are of Liechtenstein is covered by the central Alps.

 

lisa masson overlooking vaduz cathedral and mountains in liechtensteinHere are 10 fun facts about Liechtenstein!

  • 60 million false teeth are created here each year (20% of false teeth in the world)!
  • The average annual wage is ~$115,000USD.
  • The entire country of Liechtenstein can be rented out for $70,000 per day.
  • Snoop Dogg tried to rent the entire country for a music video shoot, but didn’t give enough notice.
  • German is the official language.
  • The population is ~37,000.
  • It’s the most successful country in the Olympics in terms of medals per capita.
  • Liechtenstein has won medals in the Winter Olympics, but not the Summer Olympics.
  • It’s one of the wealthiest countries in the world
  • It’s one of the most expensive European countries to live in.

Vaduz is a perfect destination to add to a trip to the Alps as it is an easy drive to make from Innsbruck, Austria(~2h15m) or Zurich, Switzerland(~1h10m). In addition, public transportation is readily available. Vaduz has a population less than 6,000 and is pristinely clean!

Be sure to check out the exterior of Vaduz Castle! It sits 120 meters above Vaduz and boasts beautiful views of the alps and the Rhine Valley. The princely family lives in the castle, so the interior cannot be visited. Once a year, the head of state invites every resident of the country to a party on the grounds.

Once in Vaduz, walk the Main Square to see many famous landmarks of Liechtenstein. The New Parliament Building is directly next to the Old Parliament building with some beautiful sculptural art across the square.

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If you collect passport stamps like I do (don’t we all?), then stop in to the Tourism Office. It’s just a few meters from the Main Square and they can stamp your passport for about 2 Euros. There is also a stunning sculpture right outside the Tourism Office that is called X Cube!

A short walk from the Main Square in the other direction takes you to Cathedral of St. Florin, or Vaduz Cathedral. It was built in 1874 on the site of earlier medieval foundations.

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The Kunstmuseum is a stunning modern art museum nestled right in the heart of Vaduz. The building itself is architecturally interesting and was designed by Swiss architects Meinrad Morger, Heinrich Degelo and Christian Kerez. The Kunstmuseum houses a beautiful collection of art and a tranquil café. Admission is 15 Swiss Franc and 30-45 minutes is enough time to take in the museum’s offerings.

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In conclusion, I hope this post inspires you to plan a day trip to Liechtenstein! Take in the beauty of the alps and explore Vaduz.

Want to see more of the alps? Check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Switzerland!

Have you been to Liechtenstein? What did you like the most? Let me know below in the comments!

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