Dubrovnik Finally Realises City Wall Prices Are Extortionate, Price Slashed

Lauren Simmonds

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you’ve ever been to Dubrovnik, and the chances are that if you’ve visited Croatia at all then you have, you’ll have more than likely thought ”How much!?” (or perhaps even said it out loud) when confronted with the ticket price to walk the city’s famous Medieval walls.

While for some foreign tourists the price tag to walk along these magnificent, ancient walls isn’t much, for many domestic tourists that price simply isn’t justifiable – and with good reason.

Dubrovnik’s walls are among the most impressive preserved Medieval structures in the world, and the UNESCO city protected by them sends many a foreign visitor up onto them for the couple of hour walk around them. One thing that has come up for many years is the extortionate price which for a time just kept on rising and rising. 

The appearance of the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis that ensued and the need to change many things to encourage tourists, both domestic and foreign, to pump some money back into the economy requires changes. It seems that it has taken an invisible virus and the threat of economic collapse to make the City of Dubrovnik, known for its hefty price tags, finally lower the city wall ticket price.

As Morski writes on the 19th of May, 2020, the ticket price to enter and walk along Dubrovnik’s imposing city walls is now just fifty kuna, being dragged down from an eyebrow-raising 200 kuna. The decision made by the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, which manages the upkeep and care of the walls, is in force until June the 30th, 2020.

This information was confirmed for local portal Dubrovacki dnevnik by the president of the aforementioned sciety, Niko Kapetanić.

”Due to the coronavirus crisis, a ticket price of fifty kuna will be applied as of Wednesday for all visitors to the walls, both domestic and foreign visitors. The decision according to which the inhabitants of Dubrovnik-Neretva County can visit and walk the walls free of charge is still in force.

”Additionally, the price of a ticket to the walls in nearby Ston and to Sokol tower down in Konavle has been lowered from 70 kuna down to a mere 30 kuna, which was formerly the price of a children’s ticket,” said Kapetanić for Dubrovacki dnevnik.

It’s worth mentioning that the Association of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, which manages this valuable resource, earned more than 150 million kuna from the sale of tickets alone last year. Despite having raked in so much money, they lost that solid income due to the coronavirus outbreak back in March, so they sought and received the payment of salaries from the state for 71 workers.

They didn’t want to comment on the fact that they kept the price of 200 kuna per ticket to walk Dubrovnik’s city walls for all this time, even when they had no visitors whatsoever. Instead, the reply was that “all ticket prices for facilities managed by the society are a matter of business policy.”

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