There is nothing as splendid as spending a vacation in a destination; which has the perfect ambiance. A place with beautiful, landscapes and lovely people who are hospitable. Such a vacation will ever be memorable especially if shared with friends and family. Such is the unspoiled beauty and history of Pazin.
Pazin is one of the lovely cities of Croatia. It is the heart of Istria. This is an ancient city with rich history, tradition and heritage. The city inherited its name from the famous mediaeval Castle of Pazin. There is a lot to sight-see here. There are also numerous outdoor recreation activities that you can take part in either during winter or summer.
I happened to visit Pazin, Croatia, in Europe; and explore its history on the summer of 2009. I was in the company of wife and my two lovely daughters. Our trip started from Nairobi, Kenya. With that said, we chose Kenya Airways as our flight. We had a stopover in Dubai before we connected our flight with flydubai to Zagreb Croatia. We arrived in Zagreb after about 14 hours of travel. Suddenly we realized we were quite exhausted and decided to spend the night at Zagreb.
The next day we took a bus to Pazin and checked in at the hotel which we had already booked. The weather was fine. From the various activities that we saw on our way to the hotel. I knew that we would have great time in this lovely city.
History of the Castle of Pazin
That afternoon, our first visit and being a tourist in this beautiful place; was to the Castle of Pazin (Pazinski Kastel in Croat). The mediaeval castle is amazing and has a splendid view. It is well maintained and has rich history about old Croatia. Nevertheless, there wasn’t much attraction here but the guided tour helped us learn more about the heritage of the locals. However, there is a lot of history to learn here especially about ancient architecture and way of life. There is also The Ethnographic Museum of Istria located in the castle; which we too visited. We didn’t visit the Museum of Pazin though it is too located there.
We then decided to visit the chasm; which had been revered as having spectacular scenery and history. To have the best views of the chasm, you have to hike a steep stairway. There are some well displayed signs to guide you. However, I found that the steep walk wasn’t good for my daughters. It was a hustle getting to the top. After crossing the river, there was another steep climb. Although, we were able to view the chasm. It was quiet beautiful. We took a few photos there and had some great time with other tourists; who was also learning the history; and can come to have splendid views of the chasm.
By the time we had done viewing, we headed back home and straight to the hotel where we were staying. We were all tried from the walking and we needed to rest. We had planned a lot for our two weeks stay there and we wanted to maximize them.
Other history and great places to visit… and the health situation of the city
During our stay, we visited many places that we visited and learnt about each of its history. Such as the parochial church of St. Nicholas; which was so charming. Also, we visited The Franciscan Monastery and the Spomen dom Memorial Center. However, the most inspiring visit was to the Stream of Pazin.
However, he valley of this stream together with a cave where the stream sinks had some of the most beautiful and amazing nature landscapes and history. The hike to the stream was marvelous. Each one for us loved it. The whole surroundings were inspiring and beautiful. We spent the whole morning just sightseeing the sceneries; before we continued with our hike that day.
We also had several sessions of hiking, cycling around various bike trails and also fishing. The whole experience of Pazin was quiet a memorable one. I also loved the hospital services there. During our stay, my daughter got ill. She had high fever and I rushed her to Dom zdravlja Pazin; which is one of the best hospitals in the region. The staff there was lovely, prompt and caring. They treated her and never made me go through a lot of bureaucracies as I anticipated since I was foreign. It was an awesome vacation.