Pazin is a historical town in Croatia with a rich tradition. It is located in the center of the Istrian peninsula, only 30 km from the most famous tourist areas. The pace of life is relatively calm here in the summer and winter. Pazin’s peacefulness is one of the main arguments for vacationers who want to take a breather and enjoy Croatia’s most beautiful sights at the same time.

Pazin et son château
Aerial view of Pazin

Pazin Castle is the largest castle in Istria and its medieval fortress is the best preserved in the region. The first traces of this monument date back to the 10th century with the first mention of it in a document from 983.

The Cave of Miracles in Pazin has been attracting curious visitors for a long time. While its divine character may be questioned, the beauty that lies deep in it can’t be disputed. Many writers (Valvasor, Petronio, Yriarte) mention the cave and the castle of Pazin in their travel accounts.

In his novel Mathias Sandorf, Jules Verne, one of the pioneers of science fiction, sets part of his story in Pazin. The first part of the novel takes place in Trieste, then the rebellious Count Mathias Sandorf and his two friends are arrested and locked up in the castle of Pazin.