The Ljubljana Tourist Board offers a wide palette of quality souvenirs carrying the label »Ljubljana Souvenir«.
as the country's capital and the hub of central Slovenia is also symbolised by mascots
dressed in stylised costumes belonging to individual Slovenian regions. These costumes were widely used until the 19th century, but today they are worn on festive occasions by members of folk dance clubs.
Ljubljana is also represented by various miniature versions of the Ljubljana Dragon
, one of the capital's main attractions, which appears on the city's coat of arms and sits on the famous Dragon Bridge on the Ljubljanica.
Another distinctive feature of Ljubljana is the decorative Easter bundle
, or »butarica«,
made of many-coloured wood shavings and evergreen shrubs, which city people have taken to church for a blessing on Palm Sunday since the First World War.
The most typical culinary souvenir from central Slovenia is the Carniolan sausage,
arguably the best known Slovenian food around the world. The national Best Carniolan Sausage contest is held in Sora, near Medvode, every year. The sausage of course carries a protected designation of origin and is still made to the traditional recipe first written down in the beginning of the 19th century.
One of the capital's most prominent public spots, the popular, cultural and political meeting point
, and an ideal venue for various events, gatherings and casual get-togethers is Prešeren Square
, whose landmark is the statue of the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren (1800– 1849). It was his life that inspired the topquality confectionery product »Prešeren Figs«,
which are dipped in dark and white chocolate. It is said that the poet would often carry dried figs in his coat pocket and children, knowing this, would call after him »Doctor, figs, figs!«