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Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Trail

Visit the houses of the giants of Slovenian art that unveil the life in the 19th century, a time of romantic stories and national awakening throughout Europe.

The Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Trail connects highlights of the lives of two literary generations. Among the first generation are our greatest poet France Prešeren and his friend Matija Čop, while Fran Saleški Finžgar and Janez Jalen belong to the second generation. Master Janez provides a genuine experience with his hay cart, stopping at the beehives of the modern apiculture pioneer, Anton Janša.


Birth places

What kind of a crib did France Prešeren, the greatest Slovenian poet, have? Where did Matija Čop, the renowned Slovenian linguist, compose his letters? What inspired Fran Saleški Finžgar when he was writing the epic conflict between the Slavs and the Byzantines? What did Janez Jalen learn from this master of folktales and what were his mountain tales like?

You can still find the impressions of rural life those writers used as a map for their works in the villages below Mt. Stol in Upper Carniola. It is certain that every Slovene visits Prešeren house as well as other houses during their primary school education. Nevertheless, it is always nice to return to such nostalgic places.


Other attractions

Žirovnica is an exciting and diverse micro-destination, offering many things within a small area. Discover the hidden corners of Žirovnica and learn about our natural and cultural heritage!


Ajdna museum room

The story and artefacts found in the excavations, led by archaeologist Milan Sagadin, stir one’s imagination. A special mystery is the tomb of a young female that was buried with her jewelry. Was this the remarkable Heathen Maiden? The bronze bird that is going to be in the heart of the exhibition at the Čop house, cannot give us the answer, however, it invites you to explore the rich heritage of our ancestors.


Private museum collections

Discover artefacts of the past in small private museums in which the owners have invested so much love. They found various objects that tell stories of the past life in Kašarija, as locals call Žirovnica. It is nice to visit guardians of the past, as they are such good story tellers.

Chatting with them might take you to a whole different era that could be so exciting and pleasant you wouldn’t want to come back. Whether it is a collection of items from the First World War or a museum of the past in the shadow of Mt. Stol, both exhibitions witness historical events.


Technical Museum/Hydroelectric Power Plant Završnica

The hydroelectric power plant Završnica was the first Slovenian public power plant, laying a foundation for the public electricity grid in Slovenia over a 100 years ago. It supplied Slovenes with power for 90 years, however, today the Hydroelectric Power Plant Moste has taken over.

Today, Hydroelectric Power Plant Završnica has been converted into a technical museum, where you can learn about the process of generating power from a renewable source – water. There is also a very interesting comparison of over one hundred-years-old equipment with the modern installation of the Hydroelectric Power Plant Moste.