Hudi Bitek Travel Guide

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Hudi Bitek Things to Do

  • Super Andrija

    Mamutica is not alone on Novi Zagreb. On the other side of what was planned as the Central Park of Novi Zagreb (but was never built) another huge building was built – Super Andrija in Siget. In its dimensions it is similar to Mamutica but Super Andrija has smaller number of inhabitants – only a little bit over 4,000. The beauty is similar, although...

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  • Siget

    Siget is not only Super Andrija. These five buildings on the southern edge of Siget are also a symbol of this neighbourhood. Their relationship is something that you can’t miss when you approach Zagreb from the south. And since they are located next to the main city north-south axis, the view from its top floors is one of the best views in Zagreb....

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  • Mamutica (1)

    Of course, there was a price to be paid for the large park of Travno. The program still had to house 10,000 inhabitants. Almost all the buildings in Travno had their names assigned by architects, and the most western one was named Tratincica (Daisy). But soon after it was built, this monster-building was popularly named Mamutica (Mammoth-building)....

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  • UTRINA

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • ZAPRUDJE

    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...

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  • UNDERPASSAGES

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • MAMUTICA

    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...

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  • TRAVNO

    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...

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  • IDEAS

    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...

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  • Travno

    Architects that built Travno had the same program as everywhere else - it was to house 10,000 inhabitants within a rather limited area defined by large roads. Most of the inhabitants of older neighbourhoods complained that they lack public spaces, and that the density is high, despite the large number of trees and green spaces. (In fact, there was...

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  • Novi Zagreb neighbourhoods

    Most neigbourhoods that were built shortly after Zaprudje – Utrina, Siget, Sopot etc. did not reach building speeds of Zaprudje, but quality of flats and buildings was greatly improved. Each neighbourhood was dimensioned after an elementary school – so the number of inhabitants varies between 6,000 and 10,000, which is enough to have enough...

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  • Low rises at Siget

    Not everyone is crazy about great views and some people still prefer the contact with the ground. Although in general the buildings of Novi Zagreb are high-rise, there are some examples of different building types. One of the most beautiful examples are these row houses in Siget. Already at the time when they were built they were reserved for the...

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Hudi Bitek Restaurants

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    The first of the two very popular Baschiera pizzerias was opened in the heart of Novi Zagreb - in Siget, just opposite the Zagreb Trade Fair.
    I must confess that on several occasions I went to the other one, situated in "old" Zagreb (and never to this one in Novi Zagreb). But since it's the same owner and the same name I would say the food doesn't differ much between the two.

    Favorite Dish: Baschiera pizzas, pastas and salads are excellent.

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Hudi Bitek Transportation

  • Buses

    Main bus terminal for lines to Novi Zagreb is situated close to the main Railway Station in Zagreb (Glavni kolodvor – you just need to pass the underground passage). Five lines start from here: 219 Glavni kolodvor - Slobostina 220 Glavni kolodvor - Dugave 221 Glavni kolodvor - Travno234 Glavni kolodvor – Kajzerica - Laniste295 Gl. kolodvor - Sajam...

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  • GETTING TO NOVI ZAGREB

    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 ;).

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  • Trams

    Novi Zagreb is connected to the main tram network of Zagreb - there are four lines connecting it with the rest of the city. From Zagreb main square (Trg bana Josipa Jelacica) you can choose either tram #6 (direction Sopot) or tram #14 (direction Zaprudje). From the main Bus station there are also tram #7 (direction Savski most) and tram #8...

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Hudi Bitek Shopping

  • Hypermarkets

    They don't have the charm of the market places, but hypermarkets have their qualities. You have trolley and don't have to carry all the stuff. There's always an empty parking space. You can pay with credit cards. And it's cheaper than at the market. So, I can understand people that are switching to hypermarkets for their weekly...

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  • Carpets

    At the corner of Avenija Dubrovnik and Avenija Veceslava Holjevca there's this funny looking department store that now houses Tepih Centar (Carpet Center). On the other side of Avenija Dubrovnik, a former USA pavillion of the Zagreb Fair is turned into Tepih Land shop (Carpet Land). So, if you need a new carpet, Novi Zagreb is good place to go...

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  • Kajzerica China Town

    Kajzerica is an old neighbourhood north-west from Velesajam, that was here long before Novi Zagreb was built. Recently it became very popular amongst the Chinese population in Zagreb as they created a local version of China town here. Many people arrive here just to hear Chinese people speak Croatian. Since Croatian is very hard to learn, no one...

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Hudi Bitek Local Customs

  • HAVING FUN IN NOVI ZAGREB

    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....

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  • THE PEOPLE OF NOVI 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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  • Park Mladenaca

    This is one large park between Siget and Trnsko neighbourhoods. The name of the park means The Park of the Newly Wedded Couples. The idea was that every couple that marries in Novi Zagreb plant their tree in this park. As you can see, the idea was quite successful since there is no place for new trees any more. Even if you don’t have your own tree...

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Hudi Bitek Off The Beaten Path

  • Lake Bundek

    Bundek is an artificial lake situated north from Zaprudje and Sredisce neighbourhoods. It was made since this was the place where they used to take gravel that was put in hundreds of thousands of tons of Novi Zagreb's concrete walls and roads. First it was known only as Jezero (The Lake), and it was very popular for swimming and sunbathing in 1960s...

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  • Lake Bundek

    In the mid-1980s Zagreb became jealous of Novi Zagreb and they decided to invest a lot in the making of Jarun lake, on the other side of Sava. (Well, this is my version of the story, anyway). So Jarun became a popular spot for sports and nightlife, and Bundek became neglected. Occasionally there are actions when citizens of Novi Zagreb are...

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Hudi Bitek Sports & Outdoors

  • Bocanje

    Bocanje is usually associated with Dalmatians and other people from the coast where it is a customary sport of local men. This sports society from Utrina has several fields for bocanje, and since the Mamutica is very close it is not hard to find local Dalmatians who meet over boce.

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  • Swimming pool

    Finally, Novi Zagreb is getting its first indoor swimming pool. It has just been built and there are still some works to be done, like some landscaping around. Since it’s not yet officially open I have no details about the opening time or the prices. The pool is situated in Utrine, south of the Gymnasium. You can walk there from Avenija...

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  • Fishing, Swimming (if you dare)

    Lake Bundek is a nice place for sunbathing in the spring or summer. There are people fishing all the time, although I’m not sure if there is any fish (I guess the Fishermen societies first put some fish inside and then fish for it). You’ll also see some brave people swimminh here, although Bundek is not as popular as Jarun lake on the other side of...

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Hudi Bitek Favorites

  • A SPECIALIST TOUR

    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....

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  • Napoleon's Borders

    Sava was once the northern border line of Napoleon’s provinces. At the end of Savski most (Sava bridge – the oldest bridge close to Jadranski most) as you cross Sava and arrive to Novi Zagreb side there's this small obelisk sayingFrontiere des provinces Illyriennes au temps de Napoleon, 1800-1813.

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  • Sava river

    Sava river is the dividing line between old Zagreb and Novi Zagreb. In fact, this line is 300 metres wide. Because of its irregular flow, there are huge embankments around Sava. In the spring, when the snow melts in the Alps, all this gets filled with water. Many tourists arriving to Zagreb aren’t even aware that there is a river in the middle of...

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