Prešeren’s Birth House is among the oldest houses in the village of Vrba. The original homestead was built in the 16th century. Its current form dates from 1856 when it was rebuilt following a fire which destroyed the straw roof and wooden outbuildings. After the fire, the roof of the house was raised to acquire an extra bedroom in the attic. Older building elements from the 16th century, such as the stone portal in the basement and building elements from the late baroque period, have been partially preserved. The most characteristic features are the building elements dating from the 19th century, which can also be seen in the other homesteads in Vrba and its surroundings. Prešeren’s birth house was handed over to the Slovenian nation at a special ceremony on 21 May 1939. It is the first birth house of any important Slovenian person that has been converted into a museum. In 2011, it was declared a monument of national importance.

Museum Content:

  • discovering the birthplace of the greatest Slovenian poet,
  • guided tour of the former residential area of the house and a permanent exhibition on Prešeren’s life, work and the most important literary masterpieces,
  • viewing of an animated film about France Prešeren,
  • discovering attractions of a typical farmhouse from the first half of the 19th century, where everything is as it used to be; traditional black kitchen with bread oven, matrimonial bedroom with Prešeren’s cradle…
  • understanding the meaning of France Prešeren for the Slovenian culture and the cultural holiday, which Slovenes, as the only nation in the world, celebrate as a national holiday,
  • one of the attractions along  the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage.

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Guided tours of Prešeren’s house can be adapted to school groups, smaller groups, individuals or families.

Janez, an expert on Prešeren’s times, will be delighted to take you on a journey that touches your soul.


Vrba 2
4274 Žirovnica
t +386 4 580 2092

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9am–4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am–5pm

Closed: Mondays, 31. October, 1. November, from 25. December to 2. January

Ticket price

School children: €2,5
Pre-school children: €1
Adults: €3
Seniors and adult groups (more than 10 person): €2.8