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the birth house of Janez Jalen

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According to heritage experts, the birth house of Janez Jalen, referred to by locals as ‘At the Sextons’ is one of the oldest buildings in the village.

The local name reveals that it was used for the needs of the neighbouring church when the ancient parish was located in Rodine. The wooden building originally served as a vicar’s office. A stone building was erected on the site of the fire that experts believe occurred in the 17th century. The building still has the original layout. There was an outbuilding attached to the living quarters. The residents cultivated the land which they rented from nearby farmers. In 1821, when the seat of the Rodine parish was transferred to Breznica, the house lost its importance, but it continued to be used for the needs of the Rodine branch church.

The house was nationalised following World War II. In 1954 Jalen bought it back from the then municipality of Žirovnica so his sisters could use it.  Jalen often joked that he had only one jump from the cradle to the family’s grave in the Rodine cemetery.

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Updated: May 18, 2020

Public transport

Žirovnica lies in the heart of the Upper Carniola Region (Slovene: Gorenjska), surrounded by the Karavanke mountains on one side and by the Julian Alps on the other. Žirovnica is just a stone’s throw away from Slovenia’s most cherished jewel – Bled and the sweetest Slovenian town – Radovljica.

Žirovnica is located 5km from Bled, 22km from Kranjska Gora and 25km from Bohinj. In the immediate vicinity of Žirovnica, there are numerous towns and sights of interest, including the medieval old town of Radovljica (6km), the ALC Lesco Sports Aerodrome (5km), Bled Golf Course, and the Šobec campsite in Lesce. Žirovnica is located 35km from Slovenia’s main airport. The Žirovnica Institute for Tourism and Culture is situated in Matija Čop’s birth house.

Žirovnica is well connected by public transport and easy to get to by car. Choose the option that suits you most!

By train

The railway station Žirovnica is located along the railway line Ljubljana – Jesenice. The railway station is a perfect starting point to easily get by foot to all the main sites of interests.

Getting around from the railway station Žirovnica:

 

Čop’s Birth House (Info point) – 6 min by foot (450 m)

Anton Janša’s memorial apiary – 24 min by foot (2 km)

Prešeren’s Birth House – 25 min by foot (2,1 km)

Finžgar’s Birth House – 34 min by foot (2,7 km)

Jalen’s Birth House – 51 min by foot (4,2 km)

Završnica Recreational Park – 49 min by foot (3,5 km)

 

To find your train connection use the website of the Slovenian Railways (Slovene: Slovenske železnice).

 

By bus

Žirovnica is connected with regular bus lines with the surrounding towns and larger cities. There are regular bus rides from Ljubljana going through Kranj and Radovljica. The ride from Ljubljana to Žirovnica takes approximately 1h 17 min.

There are two bus stops in Žirovnica; Vrba and Žirovnica (near the railway station).

The bus provider from Ljubljana is Arriva Alpetour, which provides the timetables online. Select the starting station (for example Ljubljana AP – main bus station) and the arrival destination (for example Žirovnica OPC or Vrba).

 

If you fancy travelling by bus to Slovenia, you can also opt for Flixbus to get to Bled or Nomago.

By car

Žirovnica is 40 km away from the Austrian border (Wurzenpaß) and 46 km away from the Italian border (Fusine Laghi – Rateče). To reach Žirovnica you can take the highway (direction Ljubljana) and then the exit for Bled.

 

If your starting point is Ljubljana, take the A2 highway northwest from Ljubljana and follow the signs for Kranj or Jesenice. Then take the exit for Bled. The journey time is 40 minutes, but it can extend depending on the season.

Do not forget that you need a vignette to drive on the highway in Slovenia!

 

Coming from Austria (Villach) or Italy (Tarvisio) along the A2 motorway, take the exit for Lipce, turn towards Jesenice and then turn right in Slovenski Javornik (the first traffic lights; signpost Žirovnica 5km).

Coming from Ljubljana along the A2 motorway, past Kranj. On the motorway, take the exit for Bled, and then at the roundabout the exit for Žirovnica.

 

By plane

The nearest airport, the Jože Pučnik International Airport Ljubljana (Ljubljana airport), is located 39 km (30 min) from Žirovnica. Several transportation services operate from the airport.

You can easily reach Žirovnica also from nearby airport using the international airport shuttle service GoOpti.

ItalyTrieste (172 km), Venice (282 km), Treviso (277 km)CroatiaZagreb (207 km), Rijeka (190 km), Pula (253 km)AustriaKlagenfurt (78 km), Salzburg (226 km), Vienna (378 km)GermanyMunich (393 km)

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46.382750, 14.174914
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46°22'57.9"N 14°10'29.7"E
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33T 436553 5136905
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the birth house of Janez Jalen

Rodine 10
4274 Žirovnica
Phone 04 580 20 92 / 031 787 001

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