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Museum of narrow gauge railway Parenzana

Ulica Alme Vivode 3 6310 Izola
+386 5 641 73 57
Museum of narrow gauge railway and train models collection
The Parenzana train museum tells the history, characteristics, and curiosities about Parenzana, a narrow gauge railway, which used to connect places between Trieste and Poreč (including Izola) in the beginning of the previous century.

The first train set off down the track on 1 April 1902 with Istrian council, municipality, Ministry of railroads, and constructing representatives on board. At the opening ceremony there were no Italians because they protested against bilingual signs that were placed along the railway. The last time a train ran that track was 33 years later because the railway got in bad conditions, but nevertheless Parenzana remains a symbol of connection between different nations and social classes, and the locals will always remember it for the ride's breathtaking views.

Today the Slovene part of Parenzana is turned into a path that local people and tourists often choose for walks and cycling. It was named Path of health and friendship.

Rich photographic material and other documents related to the railway, rare and unique railway models, and a large map of Parenzana will take you to a journey through the history of this technical monument and at the same time you will learn about the local traditions and the beauties of Istria.

A special feature of the museum is one of the richest collections of model trains by Josip Mihelič from Izola. The collection is on view at the museum.

Parenzana Museum
Alma Vivoda Street 3
6310 Izola
T: +386 5 641 73 57

M: +386 41 613 299


Association Društvo Histrion

Opening hours
thursday - saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
sunday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Entrance fee
1,50 € for groups, senior citizens, students, and children
2,00 € for adults


Association Histrion 
Tel. : +386 41 613 299 
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GPS Northing (N) : 45,5383 
GPS Easting (E) : 13,6596 

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Administrator : Turistično združenje Izola g.i.z. | ++386 5 640 10 50 |
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