Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in just about three minutes to the top of Mount Srđ from the Lower Station positioned just north of the sturdy walls of the city. Opened in 1969, the cable car was destroyed during the Balkan Wars of Independence in the 1990s but was reopened in 2010; today it serves up to 2.5 million visitors each year who make the journey to enjoy the peerless views across the terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik, the indented coastline of Dalmatia and the island archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.
Sitting 1,300 feet (405 meters) above sea level, the scenic viewpoints around the upper cable car station on Mount Srđ are popular spots for local weddings, Even if you're skipping the nuptials, travelers can head to the souvenir shop for Dalmatian olive oils and landscape paintings, or to the Panorama restaurant for delicious Croatian dishes and far-reaching views. Book an early-evening table in advance to enjoy the spectacular sunset sliding into the sea. Also on the summit of Srđ is the Napoleonic-era Fort Imperial, which saw intense action during the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991; its ground floor has been converted into the thought-provoking Museum of Croatian War for Independence, where exhibits chart the siege with the help of maps, graphic images, video testaments and weaponry. A plaque in memory of those who died in the siege sits nearby.
The lower station is located at Petra Krešimira 4; travelers can leave Dubrovnik Old Town on foot through the Buža Street exit in the city walls and walk for five minutes uphill. Round-trip cable car fares are 108 HRK for adults and 50 HRK for children. The site is open daily with varying hours by month: January and February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; February, March and November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April and October from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; June through August from 9 a.m. to midnight; and September from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.