The village of Žirovnica and its smaller settlements and hamlets including Moste, Breznica, Zabreznica, Rodine and Vrba, lies in the northwest of Slovenia, in the Gorenjska region – just 5kms from world-renowned Bled, 22kms from Kranjska Gora and 35km from Slovenia’s main airport.
Though not so well known among visitors to Slovenia, pretty much every Slovene knows, and has probably been to, Žirovnica, specifically to Vrba, to visit the birthhouse of one of Slovenia’s most famous men and greatest poet, France Prešeren (1800-1849). The area was also home to several other notable literates, whose birth houses you can visit as part of the Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path.
Zirovnica has a wealth of natural and cultural attractions, about which I will be endeavouring to write as much as possible in my regular blog posts.
Žirovnica has a strong tradition of beekeeping, and Breznica was home to the pioneer of modern apiculture, Anton Janša (1734-1773).
Thus, the area will also be very much in the spotlight in 2018 when, for the first time, World Bee Day will be celebrated on 20th May, which was Anton Janša’s birthday. Expect grand celebrations and world acclaim – all of which I will, of course, be blogging about, too!
Here’s a brief preview of just some of the highlights of the area and the things you can expect to find out, read, and see more about over the course of the coming months and maybe years! I hope you will join me on the journey!
- The Path of Cultural Heritage
- The Ajdna archeological site and museum room
- The Završnica valley
- Tito’s Village
- World Bee Day
- Bee Tourism
- Hiking in the Karavanke mountains
- Cycling the lowlands and highlands beneath Mt. Stol
In the meantime, you can find more information here – http://visitzirovnica.si/en/
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