France Prešeren’s birth house in Vrba

Discover more than just a house museum – step into the world and creativity of the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren!

This house-museum is not only an exceptionally rich historical treasure but also a portal into the life and times of the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren. Upon entering through the doors, you will feel the silent whispers of stories from the chamber, house, corridor, and black kitchen, unveiling the spirit of Prešeren himself and providing an unforgettable insight into his remarkable legacy. Stroll past the cradle where he gently swayed as a child and explore the rooms where young France pondered and dreamed about Slovenian language and poetry.

A visit to Prešeren’s birth house is not just educational; it’s an incredibly immersive experience, like a journey through time that remains in the memory and heart of every visitor forever. The feeling is truly magical when you realize you are walking through the same spaces where France Prešeren once strolled.

Prešeren’s birth house is one of the oldest houses in village Vrba, with its original structure dating back to the 16th century. Its present form emerged after the fire in 1856, which destroyed the economic building, thatched roof, and wooden structure. During the reconstruction, they elevated the homestead and added a “štibeljc” – an attic bedroom. Older architectural elements from the 16th century, like the stone portal in the cellar, and elements from the late Baroque period are still partially preserved. The prevailing architectural features align with those found in other homesteads in Vrba and its surroundings during the 19th century.

In 2011, this house-museum was declared a monument of national importance, emphasizing its invaluable contribution to Slovenian history. It’s worth mentioning that it is the first house of a famous personality in Slovenia that was transformed into a museum. Prešeren’s birth house is also the most visited museum of its kind in Slovenia.

Join us and experience Prešeren’s birth house in a way that will awaken your imagination and respect for the rich cultural heritage of Slovenia!


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Tuesday to Friday: 9am – 4pm, Weekends 10am – 5pm

During visits by organised groups, entry for other visitors is not possible.



Mondays and from 25th December to 2nd January


Ticket price

Adults: 3 EUR
Seniors: 2,8 EUR
School children: 2,5 EUR
Pre-school children: 1 EUR


3D Virtual Tour of Žirovnica

We have prepared an exceptionally appealing virtual experience for you: a 3D stroll through the birthplaces of France Prešeren and Fran Saleški Finžgar. Join us in exploring the rich cultural heritage of these two giants of the written word, discover the local surroundings that served as inspiration for their unforgettable masterpieces. Step inside and immerse yourself in the world of Prešeren and Finžgar, getting firsthand insights into the inspiration behind their exceptional literary creations. With the help of our virtual tour, you can explore the interiors of both birthhouses, uncover interesting details, and familiarize yourself with significant events from their lives.



Vrba 2
4274 Žirovnica
t +386 30 425 025