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Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path

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The cultural heritage path begins at the birth house of Matija Čop and snakes its way for 6km through many of the area's quaint villages taking in historically significant houses and churches. The path is a pleasant walk or scoot around it on an electric bicycle available for hire (reservation required) at the Žirovnica tourism office (located in Matija Čop’s birth house). Before setting off check at the tourism office about opening hours of museums on the route as many are open only by appointment.

The first sight is the birth house of Matija Čop, a linguist (speaking a staggering 19 languages!), writer and Slovenia’s first librarian, as well as being a friend and mentor of France Prešeren. From Žirovnica the path heads to Selo where you can catch magnificent views of the cliffs above the town, and the 15th-century fresco in the Church of St Cantianus is well worth viewing too.

The next village is Breznica, birth place of Anton Janša an 18th-century artist and pioneer of modern beekeeping, indeed the first teacher of beekeeping by royal decree. Whilst a reconstructed apiary sits in the place of the original, a number of the original beehive panels painted with traditional motifs are on display, and also make great souvenirs.

The next stop on the path is Doslovče, the smallest village in the region, though keeping with the way of Žirovnica it too is the birth place of a significant Slovene author and playwright, Fran Saleški Finžgar. Those doing the path on foot will enjoy the walking trail from Doslovče and Rodine, which offers beautiful views of the country side and the Julian Alps. Rodine dates back to the 10th century and it too has a museum dedicated to its famous local literary figure, author and playwright Janez Jalen.

The final village on the path is Vrba, and while Prešeren’s birth house is the star attraction, the more than 200 hundred year old linden tree (Slovenia’s national tree) and village meeting place are also worth checking out.

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