The Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage is a theme path that connects the cultural and historical monuments in the villages beneath Mt. Stol: Prešeren’s birth house in Vrba, Matija Čop’s birth house in Žirovnica, Anton Janša’s apiary in Breznica, and the birth houses of the authors Fran Saleški Finžgar in Doslovče and Janez Jalen in Rodine.
The Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage is the oldest theme path in Slovenia and is of unique importance in the Slovenian cultural space whilst also inviting visitors to actively discover traditions.
The 10-km-long circular trail runs along local village roads and off-road through fields and on meadows above the villages. It is equipped with signposts that indicate the way from one attraction to the next. The trail is marked in both directions, meaning that you can choose where to start your discovery of the Path of Cultural Heritage.
You can set off on the path independently or accompanied by a guide, using various forms of transport (on foot, by bike, by car, by bus).
Large car parks for cars and buses are available in Vrba and Breznica, and there is also a small car park (for cars only) at Čop’s birth house in Žirovnica.
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Check Prešern’s birth house opening hours here.
Check Čop’s birth house opening hours here.
Check Finžgar’s birth house opening hours here.
Jalen’s birth houses: open for groups upon prior arrangement (10 people or more), Janša’s apiary is freely accessible.
Combined entrance tickets for all four birth houses on the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage
School children: €7.50
Price of entry to individual birth houses and hire of a local guide
There are numerous other attractions and sites of interest worth visiting along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage. In Vrba you can see the famous village linden tree, a monument of Slovenia’s most famous poet – France Prešeren – and St. Mark’s church. In Zabreznica you can see the Alley of Famous Men and the private Museum of the Past collection. In the neighbouring village of Selo you can buy honey and try apitherapy in Bee Paradise Noč, while in Breznica you can see a monument to Anton Janša and Plečnik’s monument.
Read more about the other attractions in Žirovnica.
There are numerous restaurants, cafes and bars along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage, where you can enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks and service with a smile! In Žirovnica you can tuck into a hearty meal at the well-known Gostilna Trebušnik or enjoy a drink at the Ajdna Bar or the Sporty Bar. The popular Gostišče Osvald is located in the village of Selo, where you can enjoy delicious meals and snacks, while the Sevška kavarna café offers excellent cakes. Pizzeria Ledina is situated in the village of Smokuč.
Read more about food and drink establishments in Žirovnica
The Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage is the recipient of numerous awards for the ‘Best Theme Path’. As part of the project Moja dežela – lepa in gostoljubna (My country – beautiful and hospitable) the Slovenian Tourist Association awarded the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage the title ‘Best Path’ in the year 2012, while in 2017 the path was awarded third place, and second place in 2019. The path was also awarded first place by the Slovenian Tourist Association in the regional competition in the Bled area in the years 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Every year on 8th February – Slovenia’s cultural public holiday – a traditional walk takes place along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage. All the birth houses are open on the day from 8am to 4pm and entrance is free.
A whole host of interesting objects (treasures) from the past are exhibited in the birth houses along the Žirovnica Path of Cultural Heritage.
Read more about the selected treasures of Žirovnica
Žirovnica Institute for Tourism and Culture
Žirovnica 14, 4274 Žirovnica
Tel: +386 (0)45 801 503