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Monuments to Modernism: Exploring the Rise and Decline of the Zagreb Trade Fair

Wander through this Yugoslav-era gem filled with stories of Cold War rivalry.

45 min.

3 km


A self-guided audio tour of one of the most ambitious and iconic Yugoslav-era projects in Zagreb.

This walking tour explores the fair’s history and significance, tracing its evolution from a symbol of Yugoslav ambition to the neglected open-air museum it is today in independent Croatia. The tour weaves through the fairgrounds’ most significant exhibition pavilions, both functioning and derelict.

Your Tour Guides

Peter Korchnak
Creator, Remembering Yugoslavia podcast
Founder & President, Yugoblok

Donald Niebyl
Creator, Spomenik Database

Have a listen:

Tour Highlights

  • Yugoslav pavilions where the country showcased its industrial achievements
  • Gems of modernist industrial architecture
  • Cold War drama through multiple Soviet and American pavilions
  • China pavilion, the only preserved building in Europe built in the traditional style by the Chinese
  • Allee of Nations arboretum and sculpture park
  • Abandoned pavilions

How Audio Tours Work

  1. Purchase the audio tour
  2. Copy the tour voucher from the confirmation page or email.
  3. Download and install the VoiceMap app on your fully charged smartphone.
  4. Navigate to the Tour Codes / tab and enter the voucher code there, and Submit.
  5. Download the tour. The tour will be available in virtual mode offline, along with a map.
  6. Head to the tour starting location.
  7. Put on your headphones.
  8. Press PLAY to start the tour. The tour is location aware, so you will hear directions and stories as you move. You can pause the tour at any time to explore on your own.
  9. Have fun, take photos (tag #yugoblok on Instagram), make memories.
  10. Rate and review the tour on VoiceMap.
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