Fancy going somewhere completely different when in Dubrovnik? Following the success of their ”Save King’s Landing” theme, the top escape room in Dubrovnik has come up with a new and exciting educational escape room – Secret Treasure of Dubrovnik.
The room, which took 6 months to be built, was designed by 2 enthusiasts, Diana Marlais and Bogdan Dascalescu, who own and run Dubrovnik Escape Room for 1.5 years.
”We love Dubrovnik and we are fascinated with its history, so we wanted to transmit this through our games. We learned a lot in the last few months about the amazing past of the tiny, yet skilful and rich, Dubrovnik Republic (Ragusa/Dubrovačka Republika). We basically got the history book, we picked some interesting bits out of it and made them into puzzles, all blended in a live 60-minute quest to find the Secret Treasure of Dubrovnik. We want to make people learn about Dubrovnik’s heritage by having fun!” says Diana Marlais, a local young entrepreneur, who quit a corporate job to dedicate her time to this project along with her boyfriend.
The whole experience takes place in a 17th century decorated room, and follows the story of a treasure that was lost in the great earthquake (1667), but rescued and kept by a secret society. The participants got their hands on an old manuscript that tells them how to find it! Be aware though, as everything has its price!
“We had a lot of fun during the whole process, from researching and deciding the concept, coming up with challenge ideas and down to actually building the whole room from scratch. Through the novelty of the project, we had some challenges to find people to build specific items that we needed. So in most parts we had to built them by ourselves. We had the help of Diana’s father, who got really passionate about it and helped us a lot with the electrical and mechanical parts, and we also approached local artists and masters to create vintage artefacts to match the theme (Mijo ”Golden Hands” Mijolović – metal founder, Dubravko – Drawing, Christian Grbin – CNC modelling).” adds Bogdan Dascalescu, a Romanian citizen who quit his job in advertising and moved to Dubrovnik 3 years ago.
In the 18 months since it was opened, the Dubrovnik Escape Room had more than 3000 guests from all over the world. They left over 390 5* reviews on Trip Advisor, a top review-based website, making this experience one of the best fun activity to do in Dubrovnik. DJ R3hab, Soha Ali Khan and her husband Kunal Kemu (bollywood stars), Ante Tomić (Professional Basketball player, FC Barcelona), Yu Tsai (fashion and celebrity photographer), among others, have visited the venue while in Dubrovnik.
”We offer an immersive adventure for everyone, locals and tourists aside, since our games can be played both in English and Croatian. Also no knowledge about Dubrovnik is required. Whether you are travelling with your family or friends, or you just wanna celebrate something in a fun way, this experience can fit almost all occasions. We even had a couple that got engaged in our room!” says Diana.
”Escape Room is also the ultimate team-building exercise, since it focuses on communication, out-of-the-box thinking and team-work. So it makes it perfect” notes Bogdan.
The Dubrovnik Escape Room venue is located at Josipa Kosora 22, Dubrovnik, and is open every day from 10:00 to 22:00, all year round. Reservations and further information can be found by clicking here or by calling +(385)976442145.