In the middle of a green hilly landscape - in the heart of Istria
- lies Pazin
, a small town with 9000 inhabitants, that will exceed all your expectations
Initially rather inconspicuous, this city holds some surprises
- one of the best preserved and largest in Europe - the Pazin castle
, which was first mentioned in the 10th century, looks quite sublime. Located at an abyss
, it makes an imposing impression
and served the famous writer Jules Verne
in the novel “Mathias Sandorf
” as a backdrop and setting. During fine weather and at sunset it looks golden and noble
. It seems mysterious and gloomy
on cloudy autumn days and at night. Either way, you won't be able to take your eyes off of it.
Today the castle houses the city museum
and the ethnographic museum
, where lovers of culture and history can get to know the traditional handicrafts, garbs and musical instruments
of the region but can also learn everything about the development of the city.
The fortress also offers a fabulous background for all adrenaline addicts
who want to cross the 100m deep canyon by a zip-line
or who want to drop into the depths with a bungee jump
from the bridge.
Every adventurer and discoverer gets their money's worth in the “Pazinska Jama”
cave. The hidden underworld is under nature protection
and serves as a speleological object for caving. With 200m hiking trails, 118m difference in altitude and the 80m long underground lake
, the cave can be visited with a guide. We recommend sturdy shoes and long sleeves, as it can get quite cool inside.
You can explore the beautiful surroundings
of Pazin on a variety of cycling and hiking trails. Follow the Pazincica River
and you will come to the place at Cerovje where the three streams Borut, Lipa and Rakov meet to become Pazincica. In total, the Pazincica is 18km long and offers the Zarecki Krov waterfalls
- an ideal bathing place, where you can cool off in the fresh, clear water during the summer. The river ends first at the Pazin gorge, but then flows underground for another 30 km to the Limski Canal
near Rovinj, which then flows into the sea.
If you still want to go to the sea, the most famous beaches
are only about 33 km away in Porec or Rabac. Drive along the beautiful country roads through untouched nature
. Enjoy wide fields, green hills and shady forests. The region is just right for travel romantics
who want to feel the mild wind in their hair and who want to blink at the sun. Motorcyclists also love the winding roads that follow the well-known saying "The journey is the destination."
and give them meaning.
If you would like to come to Pazin in autumn
, then you are exactly right for truffle hunting
in the surrounding forests. Get to know the different types of truffles, watch the sniffer dogs and the hunters at work and explore the truffle triangle
between Pazin, Buje and Buzet. The misty and humid forests allow truffles to thrive and at the end of the hunt you can simply prepare them yourself.
If you prefer to be cooked for, Pazin has some good restaurants and taverns
that offer typical Istrian dishes. Try specialties like “Zgvacet od Boskarina”
- a kind of goulash - or “Fuzi s tartufima”
- delicious pasta with truffles. Malvazija, Teran, Muskat or Merlot are the regional types of wine
that wine connoisseurs would recommend. The famous Terranino liqueur goes best with the dessert “Grasnjaki”
- dumplings filled with chestnut puree - or with the traditional cake “Pandispanj”
, which is usually made with dried figs.
Enjoy Istria with all your senses in the heart of the largest peninsula on the Adriatic. Book one of our villas in Pazin
and escape everyday life
, as Mathias Sandorf once escaped from the Pisino castle
in Jules Verne's novel.