Effortlessly, the Dubrovnik Cable Car glides up the side of Mount Srd – 778 meters covered in less than 4 minutes – it would be a silent ride if it weren’t for the frantic clicks of cameras as the view over the Adriatic and Dubrovnik’s UNESCO World Heritage Site send the digital world into overdrive!
I love climbing up to the highest point for a birds eye view of any city. I climbed every clock and bell tower in Prague to see the views from on high so needless to say, I was up the cable car as fast as I could plunk down my Kunas! Dubrovnik’s Cable Car was worth every Kuna (Croatian dollars – 87 Kuna to be exact)! I was one of the last onto the cable car and was not lucky to have good views. I dutifully snapped away, the side of the cable car door cutting into my pictures and the towers and cables not working in my favour. I resolved to get a better position on the way down thinking that my turn around would be quite quick. Little did I realize they had a stunning terrace and multiple viewing points completely unobstructed – views of Dubrovnik like I only dreamed of!
If you have time, enjoy the terrace – the prices are on par to eating inside Dubrovnik’s walled city, but the view is out of this world. I must have sat up there for over an hour, maybe two, contemplating life, the view and the history of Dubrovnik! The restaurant lies on the edge of the cliff. The panoramic views extend over the Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. I was able to watch the boats and kayakers come and go, imaging what it would have been like hundreds of years ago when Dubrovnik was an important port city. From the terrace, you can enjoy the view while selecting from a number of traditional Dalmatian meals and drinks, or simply enjoy a glass of wine…something that I quite enjoyed!
The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built to replace the original 1969 cable car that was destroyed during the war in the early 1990s. The destruction of the original cable car was a strategic move to make the movement of provisions over Mount Srd more difficult. Today, it is used by over 2.5 million visitors who come to see the amazing panoramic views of the Adriatic. On a clear day, you can see up to 60 kms – and those are 60 break taking kms! Needless to say, this is why the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was built here – a strategic and defensive move. Now, it is a marriage of nature, technology and historical significance.
You can buy your tickets on line, or at the ticket agent as you follow the outside of the wall from the Pile Gate. Given the volume of tourists in the city, I was surprised by how few people were around for the ride, although sadly, enough people were ahead of me in the car that I did not have good views as the cable car glided to the top! The views from the panoramic terrace were so amazing, it didn’t matter in the end.
I can only imagine how gorgeous the views would be at night with the city lit up and twinkling in the night! It would be a sight to see….