Zagreb, Croatia: Yugo and the socialist city
Have you ever wondered how it was to live in Zagreb and Yugoslavia back in the 70s and 80s? If you have, now you’ll get a chance to experience it! Our limousine, the one and only – YUGO, will drive you around Zagreb showing what still remains from the previous system. Did you know that Zagreb has the biggest apartment building in this part of Europe called The Mammoth and that it’s still a home for 5000 people? Or, that the Lisinski concert hall hosted the last Eurovision song contest Yugoslavia competed in? Let’s discover those giant concrete buildings, factories and statues, listen to music from a CD or a cassette player, taste a candy called 505 with a line and, finally, grab a drink in a bar that hasn’t changed since the mid-80s!
Duration: 3 Hs.
Up to 3 people
Yugo and the socialist city
The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.
Zagreb can be described as a city with the biggest lounge. The moment the sun appears in the sky in spring, restaurant, café and coffeehouse terraces open for custom. Streets become promenades, places to get a cup of coffee, relax or have a business meeting. A combination of Mediterranean cordiality and northern business sense make any visitor feel welcome. The traditional festivals and many other open-air events increase the feeling of communality.
For people living in Ex-Yugoslavia the one and only Yugo was never just a car, it was both a member of a family and a best friend.
The production of that legendary car reached the number of 784.428. Yugos were being assembled in Zastava factory in Kragujevac between early 80’s and 2008.
Everybody drove a Yugo and it was even exported to many countries – from the Great Britain to the USA becoming the cheapest new car money could buy. However, western world didn’t share our enthusiasm towards Yugos, claiming it was “The worst car in history “. Ironically, that nickname gave Yugos a whole new career – the one of a Hollywood movie star. This pride and joy of Yugoslav motorcar industry co-starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson in Die hard 3, Danny de Vito in “Who drowned Mona“, it appeared in The Simpsons and many other movies and TV series.
We are here to share the legend, and if you want a Yugo story of your own that will begin with „You remember that one time years ago when we were in a good old Yugo…“ check out our YUGO adventures and LET’S HIT THE ROAD!!!
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