The Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage connects the birth houses of the Slovenian literary giants; the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren, his best friend, linguist and literary historian Matija Čop, writers Fran Saleški Finžgar and Janez Jalen, and the apiary of the pioneer of modern European beekeeping Anton Janša.
All birth houses along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage are open every fourth Saturday of the month from March to October. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity: when visiting any museum house on the fourth Saturday of the month you will be offered a free ride by lojtrnik, a traditional wooden horse-drawn hay cart. Lojtrnik will depart at 11.am from the parking in Vrba and take you along the old Imperial road to the Finžgar’s Birth House in Doslovče and back to Vrba. In the event of rain, the ride with the lojtrnik carriage will not be available.
Who doesn’t know the popular song »Take me home, Country Roads«? When Aleksander Mežek translated its lyrics into Slovenian language in 1975 and got an official approval to use the music of the song by its author John Denver, this was the start of an international music career. Local to Žirovnica, the popular Slovene musician - song writer Aleksander Mežek admits, that the inspiration for many of his hits came from his home environment and local culture. This is why his concert event Prešerna noč (Prešeren’s Night) in Vrba is a special gift to all the inhabitants of villages below Mt. Stol.
Julian Alps and its surroundings offer everything that trail running stands for – mountain paths, where easy and runnable terrains intertwine and sometimes surprise you with more technical ones.
An important part of the cultural heritage is preserved through sharing old stories, poems, songs, fairy-tales and folk-tales. The writer, Fran Saleški Finžgar was well aware of this, as he was influenced by folk stories as a young boy, while listening to tales of the village men in the inglenook of his own home. Many of these were later recorded in his famous books.
Žirovnica remains a rich treasure trove of folk tales, funny anecdotes, and mysterious stories. You can experience some of them on Fairytale Evenings, held on Thursdays in July and August in the courtyard of the Finžgar's Birth House in Doslovče.
Vrba in Žirovnica is the birthplace of the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren, so its cultural beat is the greatest on February 8th, the day of the national cultural holiday dedicated to France Prešeren. This is the day when all the villages in Žirovnica come to life. Beekeepers offer you a taste of honey in front of Anton Janša's Memorial Apiary, a traditional lojtrnik– a wooden horse-drawn carriage, takes you on a fun ride along the Imperial road, and the doors of Finžgar's, Jalen's, Čop's, and of course Prešeren's birth houses, are widely open, inviting you to discover their secrets. Prešeren's day is also full of green energy, which takes you on an organized hike along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage. Of course, the most diverse happening is in front of the birth house of France Prešeren in Vrba, where a central ceremony takes place with musical performances, poetry recitations and goodies from local providers.