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The town of Pazin in Croatia is the capital of Istria and the name “heart of Istria” is completely deserved due to its position at the very centre of the Istrian peninsula, which makes it easily accessible from the most popular Istrian tourist centres, such as Umag and Rovinj. The town wins over with its rich medieval heritage and it is a good choice for one-day excursions to the Green Istria.

Due to its strategic position, Pazin has always been an important point on the maps of great powers, and the remainders of the turbulent history are now first-rate tourist sites. The famous Castle of Pazin is especially delightful. The interactive show Escape from the Castle provides an interesting insight into the past of this building. The town is surrounded by several Istrian medieval towns, and bicycle paths and climbing locations are available for more active guests. One can also get to know Green Istria by riding on studs. The area of Pazin is popular as a gastronomic destination with a series of original Istrian taverns and wine cellars. Do you want to rest from the tourist hustles and spend a day exploring the natural beauties and offer of the hinterland? The town of Pazin and Green Istria are the perfect choice for you!

What should you see and experience in Pazin?

  • Pazin Castle located above a 130-metre-deep chasm
  • The Pazin Abyss, into which Pazinčica river flows, is the most attractive natural phenomenon of Pazin
  • The arranged foot path of St. Simeon (Sv. Šimun)
  • The interactive show Escape from the Castle on conspirator Mathias Sandorf, based on a novel by Jules Verne
  • Days of Jules Verne to honour one of the greatest authors in history
  • Istrian fantasy festival Istrakon for science fiction and fantasy lovers

How's the weather in Pazin


4 °C

°C - 5°C
  • Mon 22.01.

    °C - 6°C

  • Tue 23.01.

    1°C - 9°C

  • Wed 24.01.

    2°C - 11°C

  • Thu 25.01.

    3°C - 9°C

  • Fri 26.01.

    8°C - 9°C

  • Sat 27.01.

    4°C - 9°C

What to do close to Pazin?

Interesting interior of Pazin Abyss


Pazin Chasm

Pazin Chasm is located at the bottom of the abyss below the famous Pazin Castle. Pazinčica River runs though the Chasm, creating some of the most beautiful scenes of karst landscape in Istria.

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    View of Motovun from the south side


    Visit Motovun

    The distinctive appearance of Motovun, a picturesque medieval town at the top of a hill in Green Istria, is a frequent motif of the Istrian inland on various postcards and brochures.

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    MTB ride through an Istrian town


    Three Istrian Musketeers

    The picturesque medieval towns on hills in the Istrian inland – Oprtalj, Završje and Grožnjan – will win you over at first sight. Start a journey through Istrian history on your bicycle.

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      From Spring to Spring

      The Mirna River hides many sources, tributaries and streams and the valley it flows through is considered one of the most popular biking areas in Istria for a reason. Enjoy the untouched nature!

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        Panoramic view of Završje


        Visit Završje

        The picturesque village of Završje stands out with its original medieval architecture that represents medieval Istria in the best possible way and takes you back to historical times for a day.

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        Visit Lim Fjord

        The Lim Fjord is one of the best preserved natural riches of the Istrian Peninsula, a protected area of exceptional beauty and a diverse plant and animal world that attracts many guests.

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        What others are doing in Pazin?

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