Ruins, murals, parties. “It looks what like every underground party should look like”.
Hartera used to be a famous paper factory that survived fires, floods, economical crises, and still managed to stay the second most powerful cigarette paper factory in the whole of Europe. In the 1990s Hartera lost most of its market and went downhill – and now it is in ruins.
Now it is a place of events, concerts and parties, a cultural landmark and a constant reminder of past glory of Yugoslavia, changed by time and neglected by leadership.
The art on the walls and around them make it worth a visit during the day (great and urban-looking pictures guaranteed), and if you get lucky, you will catch a rave party in the night. They aren’t so frequent, but they are quite popular.
One time when I was sightseeing there, we managed to even see a wedding in preparation. How cool is that?!
Tip: as Hartera is a bit far, take a Bolt scooter to get near the entrance.
Find out more about Hartera in my Youtube video and see for yourself if you find it worth visiting!