Up to Mt. Srdj on the Dubrovnik Cable Car
Alex and I are big fans of cities with hills and cities with public transportation. Dubrovnik ticks both boxes, but just barely. (I’m sure he’ll argue with me and say that the cable car is a tourist attraction and not real public transport, but there IS a museum at the top, so there is a destination other than the experience itself. But Alex is in Mexico City at the moment, and I’m writing this blog post all by myself, so I figure I can say whatever I want!) Yes, Dubrovnik has hills and transport.On our second day in Dubrovnik we took the cable car up to the top of Srdj hill. It’s 405 meters above the old town, and the views can be stunning. The cable car first opened in 1969, but was irreparably damaged during the Siege of Dubrovnik, and only opened again in 2011. There are currently two cars in operation, and each holds 30 people, so be prepared to wait during peak periods. The trip only takes 3 minutes, and it’s a lot like a ski gondola.
Once you get to the top, there is an observation deck, gift shop, restaurant, small amphitheatre (perfect for weddings, I would imagine), and a war museum. You can also leave the visitor’s centre and walk around the top of the hillside.
Here are a few tips if you decide to visit:
- Go early in the morning. In the afternoon, the clouds tend to come over the water, and the view isn’t as clear. Apparently it’s very nice to go up in the late afternoon and watch the sunset, but we had clouds every afternoon. Maybe that’s the weather pattern in the winter? Not sure.
- Try to get the window spot facing the water in the gondola – otherwise it’s hard to see out over the annoying tourists (not that I would count myself among that group, of course!)
- No matter how many pictures you take, they won’t look as good as the ones for sale, or the ones in your memory.
- Take a jumper – the wind can blow up there!
- You can take the cable car one-way up and walk down. The path is well-marked, but it was just a switch-back trail through the shrub brush and didn’t look particularly interesting. I suppose you could also walk UP and take the cable car back down … but I would not recommend it unless you are super fit.
- Don’t lean against the railings. They were a bit wobbly, and I would not trust them!
And here are a few pictures from our excursion.