• 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

  • 1st Industrial Art Biennale

    02.03.2016 - 30.09.2016


    The first edition of the Industrial Art Biennale – IAB in Labin will be held from March 2 to 30 September 2016. More than eighty top contemporary artists from around the world will take part in the Bienniale.
    The central event is an exhibition of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, German master Joseph Beuys.

    The aim of the Biennale is to make the town 'live' with the contemporary art, therefore art works will be placed in the Town Gallery, the National Museum Labin, a new exhibition space on Pijacal, Cultural Center Lamparna and the public library, as well as other public and private spaces across town.


    TZ Labin-Rabac
    Aldo Negri 20 T. +385 (0)52 855560

  • Open door days of gallery Agata

    25.03.2016 - 26.06.2016


    Selling art exhibition and entertainment program

    Selling art exhibition and entertainment program


    Galerija-atelier Agata, TZ Novigrad
    +385 52 757 075

  • Marc Chagall: Beyond colors

    02.05.2016 - 30.09.2016

    Rovinj-Rovigno, Zavičajni muzej

    Retrospective of graphic works

    Zavičajni muzej

    Retrospective of graphic works

    The exhibition includes 90 graphic works from the early twenties to the mid-eighties of the last century that include the etchings, lithographs and woodcuts.
    The exhibition is possible to visit every day except  Mondays from 10 until 18 hours and during July and August until 22 hours.

  • Edo Murtić: Graphics

    06.05.2016 - 31.07.2016

    Pula-Pola, Gradska galerija


    Gradska galerija



    Gradska galerija Pula
    Kandlerova 8, Pula

  • Dvigrad Festival

    05.06.2016 - 04.07.2016

    Dvigrad-Duecastelli (Kanfanar)

    Early music festival

    Early music festival

    In the early Middle Ages two towns existed here, of which only one, Dvigrad-Duecastelli, was populated throughout the entire medieval period, until the 17th century. Its exciting history started with a Roman settlement and continued with various owners in the middle ages. In the middle of the 17th century Istria was hit by black plague and malaria so the last three families left Dvigrad in 1714. The town with two rings of walls, several ramparts and remains of the early Christian church of St Sophia will be, just for short, awaken again with sounds of this early music festival.


    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar T. +385 (0)52 825244

  • Poreč Open Air - Festival of Life

    09.06.2016 - 10.09.2016


    Summer events

    Summer events

    This summer, Poreč will host the inaugural Open Air Festival, which is bound to make the summer unforgettable for locals and visitors by offering a myriad entertaining events that will take place from June 9th to September 10th.

    The streets and squares of Poreč's historic centre and the enchanting St. Nikola Island will come to life with more than a hundred entertainment and cultural events and street performances that will improve and add a new dimension to the city's tourist offer.

    The Circus in the City programme on Mondays will turn the city streets and squares into an open-air circus arena teeming with acrobats, jugglers and fire-eaters. It won't take long for children to become spellbound by the programme on Thursdays when the city streets will be transformed into scenes from fairy tales and cartoons as favourite characters roam around

    People looking for a place where they can dance and listen to good music with a glass of wine or a bottle of cold beer can enjoy a diverse music programme featuring artists from Croatia and other countries throughout the week.

    All the aforementioned festival events are free of charge. The organiser of the festival, also has surprise concerts by huge stars to round off this entire festival, which is bound to create unforgettable moments.

    » Program
    » FB_OpenAirFestival


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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.