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    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!


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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....


    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...


    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...


    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...


Hudi Bitek Transportation

  • by sabsi Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    There are several tram lines that go to Novi Zagreb, you can take numbers 6, 7, 8 or 14. The trip across the river only takes something like 10 minutes from the main square and trams run frequently (so we've heard during our tour waiting for one for ages ;).

    Next stop: Novi Zagreb

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    There are many restaurants and cafés in Novi Zagreb. There's shopping in every neighbourhood, many playgrounds for kids and youth or cultural centres. So Novi Zagreb isn't the dormitory town you would expect it to be. People don't only sleep here. We had a nice cake break in Utrina, the Kremšnita here was even tastier than in cafés in Zagreb....


    People who live in Novi Zagreb are very proud of their neighbourhoods, e.g. Zapruðe had an official website before Zagreb had one. As in socialist times people were given a flat and couldn't choose where they wanted to move mostly young families moved here in the 60s. Today the people who live here are 2nd generation Novi Zagreb people, their kids...

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  • by sabsi Written Dec 18, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Nikša had offered to give a guided tour of Novi Zagreb to local VTers and me when I visited. Unfortunately some of them couldn't join and some of them didn't want to join. So Zdenka and I got a very private and very interesting tour of what on VT is called "Hudi Bitek". It was so much fun! And very interesting as well....

    Zdenka listening to our private guide

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