As a venue for events throughout the centuries of the city’s history, the Ljubljana Castle does not have just one story, but in all of this time has accumulated a lot of stories. In the Souvenir Shop you will find many of them captured in handmade and unique products, all of which can be recognised as they bear the image of the oldest inhabitant of the Ljubljana Castle, who has been telling the stories of the castle for centuries.
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Allow us to present Friderik, a cute, benevolent rat who is more than five hundred years old. He was named after Emperor Frederick III of Habsburg, who founded the Ljubljana Diocese and first established a fortress on the Castle Hill. Our Friderik was one of the first inhabitants of the Ljubljana Castle. His favourite place to live was in the Erasmus Tower, where there was a dungeon for disobedient nobles. He was a confidant with whom the prisoners shared their stories. Since he was dexterous and quick, he could move around unnoticed throughout the castle and secretly observe events from dark corners. Thus, he had a good insight into everything that was happening and eventually became the castle chronicler.
For centuries, Friderik has been convinced that he has noble blood, which is why he walks on two legs. For a rat, he is well built and tall, but the years have added a touch of grey to his whiskers. Although he knows how to cast a dirty look, he usually wears a good-humoured smile on his face. After five hundred years, Friderik still resides in the Ljubljana Castle. He carefully records all of the goings-on, knowing that they will one day be of interest to people, just as his stories from the past enthral visitors today.
You will find Friderik on a number of products in the Souvenir Shop. He will brighten up your day with a unique silver ring or a bracelet made from Idrija lace; he will warm your feet in soft, comfortable felt slippers; he will spoil gourmets with homemade and naturally dried pasta, natural fruit chilli sauces and handmade chocolate in many flavours; and he will pamper lovers of natural cosmetics with a number of body care products. Friderik has even prepared a line of products for younger visitors.
In the Souvenir Shop, everyone can find something perfect for themselves. You are warmly invited to visit.