Utrina was built after Zapruðe and the architects learnt from their mistakes. There are much more different types of buildings here, flats are better and there's different sizes of flats available. As Zapruðe - which is just across the road - has a supermarket, Utrina got a market instead. There even is a small fish market here!
Zapruðe was Novi Zagreb's first neighbourhood and its flats are the smallest and quality is lowest. I still liked it best of the ones I saw I think.
The neighbourhood has only the different types of buildings, 8 storey buildings in north-south direction, 4 storey buildings in east-west direction as well as some skyscrapers near the river. The idea was to provide every building with good views of "old" Zagreb and Medvednica Mountain behind it and not to block the view.
Underpassages connect the different neighbourhoods of Novi Zagreb so that traffic can flow. Again in Germany I would expect basically anything here and would try to avoid these places. The one we walked through in Novi Zagreb (the one between Zapruðe and Utrina) was very modern and bright though. No need to be scared here. I especially liked the cartoon drawings replacing written signs.
GREEN NOVI ZAGREB
There are small parks everywhere in Novi Zagreb. You never live too close to your neighbours and there's always some green in front of your windows or near it. In Travno there's the biggest park right next to Mamutica.
We didn't have time to see Park Mladenaca. In this park every couple of Novi Zagreb that gets married can plant a tree. What a nice idea!
THE 14TH FLOOR
We went into one of the entrances of Mamutica and took the elevator up to the top floor. From here you could have a nice view over the neighbourhoods of Novi Zagreb. As it was getting dark and foggy when we were there we didn't see much unfortunately. But if you happen to come here on a sunny day you shouldn't miss it. The doors aren't locked.
Nikša told us that there is approx. one suicide every year from Mamutica. Mostly by people who don't live here.
In order to have space for a big public park 5,000 people had to move into one big building at Travno. The building is called "Mamutica" by everybody because it fits much better than the actual name Tratincica (Daisy). It's huge! Actually it's the biggest building in Croatia.
In Germany I wouldn't want to go near a building like this because I would expect drug addicts and petty thiefs behind every corner. It's different here. As in socialist times people were given a flat "normal" people moved here - mostly young families. So this isn't a social blackspot and people are happy living here. I bet they have nice views, I still wouldn't want to live in a building that large. Imagine saying "Hello" to all your neighbours when moving in ;)
When Travno was planned the inhabitants of the already existant neighbourhoods were asked what they are missing in their neighbourhood. A great majority said that the parks were too small and that buildings were too close to each other. They wanted a big public park.
As they still had to build flats for 10,000 inhabitants architects had the idea to put half of them into one big building so that they had space enough for a wide park. This is why there's Mamutica (see next tip), large green areas and even some bungalows here!
The people who planned Novi Zagreb had some nice ideas for it:
Every neighbourhood was planned to have approx. 6-10,000 inhabitants so that one elementary school per neighbourhood would have enough space for all the kids.
Every neighbourhood has two kindergartens.
In every neighbourhood there is some shopping (supermarket or market) and there are cafés, restaurants, cultural centres, parks etc.
To let traffic flow better than in "old" Zagreb there are hardly any zebra crossings but underpassages under the main roads.
The tram has its own tramline in the middle of the roads so it doesn't get stuck.
ZAGREB FAIR (ZAGREBACKI VELESAJAM)
Zagreb's autumn fair is one of the biggest trade fairs in the world. The 500,000 square meter fairground found it's new location in New Zagreb after the old one in town became too small.