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We will be on a five hour tour, Mt Sdr, Catvat, Dubrovnik Old Town guided tour - then free time in Old Town. We are four active mid-70s and wonder if it is worth the effort to walk the walls. I have read that it takes 90 minutes and best to get there early before crowds. We would not ne there until mid-afternoon.

 

We can make a game time decision but thought it would be nice to have your input.

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It is a climb to get up the steps to the top. Probably 20 or 30 steps. After that it is a lovely walk around. There are places you can stop and sit for a bit. There are also places you can go back down along the way. So if it is too much you can end early.

 

We enjoyed it and were mid 60's and about 70 when we did it.

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I agree with Paul for all the same reasons. It's a lovely walk.

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We did the walk both before the troubles and the bombing all those years ago, and again after the restoration. Just be aware it gets blinking hot July/August.

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I am old and have a torn ACL. I also have an incredible fear of heights. But I went up on the wall and it was well worth it. Only suggestion I would make is I went up stairs that were very narrow and had no guard rail. Found out later there are several places to go up so would have chosen a better place. If time is an issue you can like somebody said do a part walk. Enjoy

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Hi Tedferg...we were on Reflection together last year!!!:)

If memory serves, it's closer to 70 or 80 steps to the top; but well worth it. There are beautiful views from the top.

Susan

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Thanks for all positive responses - we are convinced :-)

 

Hi Susan !!

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The views are outstanding! You don't need to walk the entire wall. We walked half way around (descending at the waterfront in order to visit the museum) because this was just 3 months after I had both hips replaced. I was using a cane still. As others have said, the initial steps are steep but during our half the wall walk we only encountered a few additional steps. I'm so glad I wasn't deterred by the initial steps.

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It truly is a lovely walk - gives you the chance not only to see into the town itself, but also out towards the water. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the walls. About 1/3 of the way around from the ticket booth, there is a bar/café and an ice cream shop, which we stopped at for some cool refreshments. There are another two or three opportunities to go down into the town from the walls from there as well, though we walked the entire way around and enjoyed the views immensely. In fact, one of my 3 favourite pics from our trip was taken from the walls into the town center. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a fantastic visit!

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Is it best to buy entrance to the wall ahead of time or when you're at the venue itself? I'd prefer to use a credit card instead of having to have cash on hand for it.

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Be aware that the ticket office only accepts kuna or credit card - no euros

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Be aware that the ticket office only accepts kuna or credit card - no euros

 

More importantly - does the ice cream shop accept Euros :D

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We bought ice creams in the town and they accepted euros as did the restaurants although it was a few years ago

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Yes, by all means if you can walk the wall, do it. As I recall, there was a little cafe about half way with shade, chairs and beer. We took a break there and even though it was a hot afternoon in July, were good to go the rest of the way. Be sure to have your camera as the views are breathtaking.

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Be aware that the ticket office only accepts kuna or credit card - no euros

Yeah, I'm aware of that and don't want to get kunas. How did most people do it? Buy tickets once you're there or ahead of time?

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Yeah, I'm aware of that and don't want to get kunas. How did most people do it? Buy tickets once you're there or ahead of time?

Get the tickets when you are there. You never know when plans might change.

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Yeah, I'm aware of that and don't want to get kunas. How did most people do it? Buy tickets once you're there or ahead of time?

 

We bought our tickets when we got there with a credit card. Piece of cake. We were there in late November and it was breezy and rainy in the morning so we did other things in town until it cleared out around 1pm. It was lovely and not crowded at all being off season and the weather probably scared some people off. I would absolutely do it as long as you have time and it is not too hot (or cold and rainy:D). There are other medieval walled cities around, but not with the walls intact that you can walk on. I also very much enjoyed walking up to the fortress just outside of the walls, which is included on the same ticket. It's quite a few steps to get up there, but provides a different and just as lovely vantage point.

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Skip it if it’s raining. It’s slick and the umbrellas are a nuisance. But otherwise, definitely do it. You might find it less crowded if you start at the Ploče Gate by the marina instead of the usual Pile Gate, particularly if you are arriving with a surge of people. We used a credit card for our tickets.

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Can you get tickets at the Ploce Gate though? Thanks for the info. to those of you above that helped.

 

Yes.

 

If entering the 'old town' from the Pile Gate, simply walk the Stradun towards the marina and take a left where it ends. The view of the old town is not to be missed from atop the Minceta Tower(the highest point along the wall).

 

There is an ATM @ the main bus station located right next to the ship (if docked in Gruz Harbor). It's a simple process to grab a few Kunas, as well as purchase an all day bus pass there. Easy Peasy.

 

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We loved it and would recommend it to anyone able to navigate the steps and walk for a good hour or so. There are spots you can take a break to have a drink or snack or just sit.

 

 

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It is a climb to get up the steps to the top. Probably 20 or 30 steps. After that it is a lovely walk around. There are places you can stop and sit for a bit. There are also places you can go back down along the way. So if it is too much you can end early.

 

We enjoyed it and were mid 60's and about 70 when we did it.

 

x2 on this. IMO, the best part of the walk is the section overlooking the sea. You can climb the wall right as you enter the city and walk along the southern section then exit. The views out to sea and overlooking the old town are fantastic.

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Yes.

 

If entering the 'old town' from the Pile Gate, simply walk the Stradun towards the marina and take a left where it ends. The view of the old town is not to be missed from atop the Minceta Tower(the highest point along the wall).

 

There is an ATM @ the main bus station located right next to the ship (if docked in Gruz Harbor). It's a simple process to grab a few Kunas, as well as purchase an all day bus pass there. Easy Peasy.

 

Thanks so much for the help! (y)

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I can't imagine going to Dubrovnik and not walking the wall. We only walked half way (on the sea side) but the views were amazing. Be sure to look for the Buza Bar. It is well hidden but quite unlike any place else we have ever stopped for a drink. In the afternoon we caught a ferry over to Cavtat and had a nice seafood lunch. Enjoy your time in Dubrovnik!

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We will be on a five hour tour, Mt Sdr, Catvat, Dubrovnik Old Town guided tour - then free time in Old Town. We are four active mid-70s and wonder if it is worth the effort to walk the walls. I have read that it takes 90 minutes and best to get there early before crowds. We would not ne there until mid-afternoon.

 

We can make a game time decision but thought it would be nice to have your input.

 

What month will you be in Dubrovnik? I have done the wall twice. My suggestion would be to skip your tour and take taxi from ship to old town. There is plenty to do in Old town to include walking the wall. Most cruise lines offer bus service to and from old town. You can walk from the ship to old town; it's about a mile; but if you're going to walk the wall, suggest taxi or ship sponsored bus

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We will be on a five hour tour, Mt Sdr, Catvat, Dubrovnik Old Town guided tour - then free time in Old Town. We are four active mid-70s and wonder if it is worth the effort to walk the walls. I have read that it takes 90 minutes and best to get there early before crowds. We would not ne there until mid-afternoon.

 

We can make a game time decision but thought it would be nice to have your input.

 

If you have the time, then definitely do it. Great vistas from around the city, but make sure you are up to the steps and it is early enough in the day to avoid the masses.

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Views are amazing. We loved the beautiful tiled red roof tops. Photo opportunities from every angle. I believe we paid for everything with euros. Enjoy!

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AF1 - May 2nd - we have committed to the tour and think it will be worth it, though your advice for bus/taxi DIY is good.

 

Grego - one of us had hip replacement but is mostly steady on her feet - are the steps really difficult ?

 

Sofiefluerie Agree - 'Dubrovniklady' on Ports board said they now accept Euros.

 

Edit: I went to Dubrovnik Card site for details.

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Grego - one of us had hip replacement but is mostly steady on her feet - are the steps really difficult ?

 

Edit: I went to Dubrovnik Card site for details.

 

I'm not Grego but I walked half the walls (the water side) on October 15 after having my right hip replaced on June 21 and my left on July 12. I used a cane for stability. When the ticket takers at the bottom of the steps saw me they told me to go up as slowly as necessary. I wouldn't have wanted to try it if the steps had been wet but dry they were no problem. As soon as you get to the top of the steps you are rewarded with a gorgeous view.

 

I'm glad you went to the Dubrovnik Card site. If you decide to do Dubrovnik entirely DIY, it also includes public transportation.

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You can spend quite a bit of time in the walled city. There are a couple great churches; one which was bombed during the 1990's and there are marks in the wall of the church; walking the wall is great, shops for exploring; plus some neat cafe's that face the water. I have visited a winery, also an aquaduct which was pretty neat

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Sounds like the wall is a big highlight.

I have never done anything quite like that!

I will have to research how to walk a section of the wall, and which section.

Not sure I want to try the entire thing!

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Sounds like the wall is a big highlight.

I have never done anything quite like that!

I will have to research how to walk a section of the wall, and which section.

Not sure I want to try the entire thing!

 

It would take over two hours if you walked the entire wall. There are some beautiful sights from the wall. The sea just below. Last time I walked the wall the Croatian water polo team was practicing in the water just below me. It was neat

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enhance

 

This is a picture of the walked city. It is quite a large wall going around the city

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This is inside the walled city; the Dome in background is one of the churches.

 

enhance

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