• Nema više ču ču ču… - No more choo choo choo...

    13.11.2015 - 12.11.2016

    Pazin, Muzej grada Pazina

    Exhibition on Istrian railway history

    Muzej grada Pazina

    Exhibition on Istrian railway history

    Building of the Istrian National Railway (in German, Istrianer Staatsbahn) Divača – Pula with the extension Kanfanar – Rovinj has fundamentally changed the lives of the people of Istria. Its building enabled faster, safer and more enjoyable travels and transport on the territory of Istria, as well as to more distant centres of the Habsburg Monarchy. The building was induced by both military and civil interests regarding the connection of Pula, i. e. Istria with the railway network of the Monarchy.

    Construction works of the Istrian Railway lasted from 1874 to 1876. It was built by Fröhlich Company from Graz while Pazin was the centre of the architectural leadership lead by Gustav Gestel. The first celebratory train decorated with Emperor's and Istrian flags rode on the day of birth of Emperor Franz Joseph the First, August 18th, 1876. It was an extraordinary event for Istria, as stated in the journal Naša Sloga from September 1st, 1876: …By this most eminent event here we see our beautiful Istria, coming in the closest contact with other kingdoms and provinces of our spacious Monarchy, thus taking that most important place which it deserves by virtue of its position. Every true resident of Istria must celebrate and rejoice this event because daily contact with more advanced provinces of the Empire could not influence our province in any other way than beneficial and, with God's will, it could speed up and improve its development and progress...

    The railway was released in regular traffic on September 20th, 1876. During the first year it was managed by the Istrian National Railways, from 1918 by the Directorate of the Souther Railway Company with its centre in Trieste while after the First World War, during the Italian rule from 1918 to 1945, it was managed by the Compartimento in Trieste. Administrative structures of the Istrian railways have also changed multiple times during the period after the Second World War: from 1945 to 1947 it was managed by the Inspectorate which acted a part of the Military Administration of the Yugoslav Army, from 1947 to 1952 by the Railway Administration Sv. Petar na Krasu, from 1952 to 1960 by the Railway Transport Company in Ljubljana, from 1960 to 1973 by the Transport Company Postojna and from 1979 to 1989 by the Railway Transport Organization Postojna which acted as a part of the Railway Enterprise Ljubljana. In 1990 the Croatian Parliament passed the Law on Croatian Railways stating that all railways within Croatian boundaries are an integral part of the Croatian Railways, including the Istrian Railway. Afterwards, by the act of division between the Railway Enterprise Ljubljana and Croatian Railway Transport, on October 1st, 1991 the part of the railway Pula – Divača, from the 31,2 kilometre (borderline Buzet) became a part of the Croatian Railways.

    Changes of states caused the changes of the names of the railway stations, for example in the Pazin area: Pazin station was called Mitterburg – Pisino during the Austrian period, while during the Italian reign it carried the name Pisino; Lupoglav – Lupoglava – Castel Lupogliano, Cerovlje – Cerovglie – Cereto Istriano. In the same period, two station carried their unchanged Italian names: Borut – Borutto and Sv. Petar u Šumi – San Pietro in Selve.
    Locomotives rode on the Istrian railroad until the 1970s. The first diesel locomotive was the Arena, also known as the Green Train from 1980 onwards, which plied en route Pula – Ljubljana – Zagreb from April 15th, 1970. This train, with its annual traffic of about 150 000 passengers, was canceled in 1991.

    From 1946 to 1980, on its way to Pula, which was connected by boat with the Brijuni Residence, the Blue Train plied especially for the purpose of transport of the President of the SFR Yugoslavia, high state and foreign officials.
    The importance of the Istrian railroad in terms of passenger and freight transport, from its opening until the last decade of the 20th century, can be supported by the data on traffic of certain railway stations. For example, in 1928 Pazin Railway Station recorded the traffic of 34 232 passengers and 31 040 tons of cargo and in 1990 the traffic of 108 632 passengers and 161 966 tons of cargo.
    Pazin Railway Station is also a witness of the history of Pazin of the 20th century. During the long and hungry years of the First World War numerous children were taken from this station from Istria to other parts of our land to feed in order to survive. Numerous soldiers travelled to their detention camps from where battlefields of Galicia and Poland followed. Mothers, wives and sisters escorted their sons, husbands and brothers to the battlefields of the Second World War.

    During the post-war period, from the sixth decade of the 20th century, the strongly developed Pazin economy used this Station, i. e. the Istrian railroad for transport of raw materials as well as finished products, for example: the industrial giant Pazinka, successful and important Istraplastika, the Wine Cellar, the Provender Factory, distribution business Istracommerce and other economic agents of Pazin and the surrounding area, which included the transport of bauxite with its loading station in Heki.

    On a daily basis, workers arrived to Pazin from the surrounding area, both from the settlements near the railway stations as well as from those more distant, which reached the stations by car. Also, students of several Pazin Highschools arrived every day by train, while college students travelled from this very station to Pula, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Maribor.

    Today, both freight and passenger traffic is continuously decaying. The decay is caused by reasons such as demarcation of the railway between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia, economic crisis and the lack of investments in the modernization of the railroad and the rail infrastructure. Only 139 years have passed since the ancient, most eminent year of 1876, from relevance to the lack of significance of the Istrian railroad. Numerous changes in every field of social and private milieu overpowered its value of the most important mean of transportation. Also, other railroads built in the Pazin Area, the Parenzana and railroad Lupoglav – Štalije stopped plying long ago.


    Muzej grada Pazina
    Trg Istarskog razvoda 1, Pazin +385 (0)52 616 866

  • Truffle Days in Istria

    10.09.2016 - 06.11.2016

    Buzet, Motovun, Livade

    The truffle is the supreme delicacy that had been enjoyed by the Mesopotamian rulers 4000 years ago, and it is still one of the most prestigious foodstuffs in world gastronomy. This intense flavour royal mushroom was known to the ancient Greeks and the Roman emperors, and it was also served at the French court and among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. It is very rare and it grows only in several locations in Europe - in some parts of France and Italy and in Istria, favoured by mild climate, small temperature variations and grey clay soil.

    The white and the black truffles have their natural habitat in the Istrian truffle 'Bermuda' triangle between Pazin, Buje and Buzet, especially in the valley of the river Mirna and in the Motovun Forest. They grow underground, and they are searched after by specially trained dogs.

    October is the top season of the white truffles, which are also the most expensive and the most valuable truffles. At that time, numerous events are held every weekend to celebrate this indisputable king of mushrooms in Livade, the well-known truffles centre near Motovun. But, even before and after this period, throughout most of the autumn, Istria lives in the rhythm of truffles with the abundance of festivities dedicated to this noble mushroom.

    The guests that come from the whole region are presented with the typical truffle dishes: fuži, pljukanci, gnocchi, fritada and various meat combinations. There are also many exhibitions and fairs, with plenty of excellent opportunities to meet the world of this magic, aromatic tuber known for its aphrodisiac features.


    10.09. Buzet, Square Fontana

    Subotina with Giant Truffles Omelette (2016 eggs and 10 kg truffles)

    18.09. - 30.10. Livade
    Zigante Truffle Days

    22.10. Motovun, Square Andrea Antico
    VII Teran and truffle festival

    22.10. - 23.10. Livade
    XXIII Tuberfest

    The white truffle fair
    Truffle exhibition
    Celebrity show cooking
    Truffle auction sale
    Truffle search demonstration
    Agricultural products fair

    22.10. Momjan
    Days of Momjan Muscat and Truffles

    Muscat wine and truffle festival and tasting

    05.11. - 06.11. Buzet
    Truffle Weekend

    Exhibition and fair of truffles and homemade autochthonous products


    TZ Istra
    T. +385 52 88 00 88

  • Zigante Truffle Days

    18.09.2016 - 30.10.2016


    Truffle Days 2016

    Truffle Days 2016

    In the heart of the Motovun forest, one of the most important areas for harvesting the white truffle in Istria, Zigante Tartufi Days are being held each year. This long manifestation is being held over seven weeks during autumn.

    That is expensive tuber that is literally measured in grams of gold like a magnet for visitors, according to local and foreign guests from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria and even distant Japan, who are constant visitors to this unique project.

    It was this event celebrated the Livade as a world center of the Istrian white truffles, and turned this place into a single marketplace, only one of its kind in the country.  Truffle Fair and Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for exploring and tasting truffles and its presentation.

    In addition to the absolute king of Istrian cuisine, here you can find other indigenous products, which in its tradition and quality attract interested tasters and consumers from around the world: wine, olive oil, cheeses, honey, brandy-herb and other traditional Istrian products.

    The gastronomic offer is the result of collaboration with the best wineries and olive oil. For all visitors entering the fair is free of charge.

    Opening hours:
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00


    Livade Tartufi
    + 385 52 664 302, +385 91 477 7410

  • Maribor Photo Club

    07.10.2016 - 30.10.2016

    Rovinj-Rovigno, CVU Batana

    Photo exhibition

    CVU Batana

    Photo exhibition


    Photo Art Gallery Batana
    +385 52 830 711

  • Sole Fish Days

    15.10.2016 - 30.11.2016

    Umag-Umago, Novigrad-Cittanova, Buje-Buie, Brtonigla-Verteneglio

    Gastronomic event

    Gastronomic event

    Repeatedly, north-western Istria captivates guests with its intoxicating tastes and scents, hidden places and events.

    If you are spending time here during the autumn, take the opportunity of trying our wide range of dishes based on sole. This high quality white fish is locally called "švoj", hence the name of the event.

    Lasting almost an entire month, the Sole Fish Days takes place in the many restaurants and wine cellars of Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla. Here you will find three-course meals based on sole, served with quality wine and olive oil from the region.

    The sole has thus become an inspiration, encouraging cooks to try out new creations and combinations. Chefs reach for the stars and let their imagination run wild, raising the gastronomic experience to new levels - all in the name of this noble fish, characteristic of the north-western part of the Istrian peninsula.

    The sole shines in all its glory, bringing a new dimension to the intricate weave of Istrian culinary.
    Enjoy your meal!

  • Pazi što jedeš

    21.10.2016 - 23.10.2016

    Pula-Pola, Circolo

    10:00 - 19:00 h


    'What kind of food do you eat' is an event which consists of lectures on the topic of traditional and organic food, traditional food workshop and exhibition section where visitors can buy organic products directly from the producer, including the exhibition and exchange of seeds of old plant types.


    Etnografski muzej Istre
    Trg Istarskog razvoda 1275. br. 1 +385 052 622 220

  • New Wine Festivity



    Festival of the vintners from Istria, Croatia and abroad

    Festival of the vintners from Istria, Croatia and abroad

    Every year brings together the best Istrian vintners with an emphasis on quality young vintners for which this event is certainly giving a good boost for further development and progression.
    This event has been held for the 40 years in a row and has become a part of tradition and identity of the Svetvincenat Municipality.


    TZ Svetvinčenat
    Svetvinčenat 20 T.: +385 (0)52 560 349

  • XXIII Tuberfest

    22.10.2016 - 23.10.2016

    Livade (Oprtalj-Portole)

    Truffle Days 2016

    Truffle Days 2016

    Known as a supreme delicacy the truffle has always been and remains a prestigious gastronomic ingredient worldwide. The high season for the most valuable white truffle is October, when Tuberfest, a several day long festival celebrating this undisputed king of flavour is held in Livade, a renowned truffle centre in the vicinity of Motovun.

    Since good food goes hand in hand with good wine, Tuberfest is an opportunity to taste the wines from renowned Istrian wine cellars, brandies made from medicinal herbs and indigenous products like cheese, honey and olive oil.

    Champion of the season - the most beautiful and largest white truffle is selected every year, and the challenge is tremendous. In fact, the largest truffle in the world was discovered in north-western Istria, in the vicinity of Buje in 1999. It weighed 1,31 kg and its size earned it a place in the Guinness Book of Records!


    TZ Oprtalj, Općina Oprtalj
    Matka Laginje 2, T:+385 (0)52 644 077, +385 (0)52 644 150


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Tourist Board is not responsable for any decision of the organizers to change the terms, participants, programmes and prices or to cancel performances

Praises from abroad to Istria

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

  • Best Wine Regions for Winter and Spring Travel 2014

  • Best Beach Holiday Destination 2013

  • Istria Top Summer Food Destination 2013

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.