"Pionirski grad - Town of Tito's Pioneers" Granesina by diocletianvs

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Pioniri maleni, mi smo vojska prava,
Svakog dana rastemo, k'o zelena trava,
Smrt fasizmu, a sloboda narodu,
i mene ce moja mati pionirom zvati....


This song about small Pioneers being the real army that builds the better future of socialist Yugoslavia was the anthem that could be heard in all corners of Pioneer town in its best days of 1960s, 70s and 80s.

For all of us who were not born in Zagreb Pionirski grad was usually the first contact with Zagreb. Soon after we would become "Tito's Pioneers" almost all elementary schools in Croatia (at that time part of Yugoslavia) would organize school trips around the country, Zagreb being the first "big trip" that involved overnight stays.

Situated on the eastern outskirts of Zagreb, Pionirski grad (Pioneer town) stretches on the 50 hectares of beautifully landscaped area. Small pavillions are scattered throughout the area, offering accomodation for school children. Some of the best architects of the 1950s, including Ivo Vitic, worked on pavillions and other buildings here.

It is really a town of its own - besides accommodation pavillions there are restaurants, educational trails, sports fields, a school and a cinema seating 200 people, library, sculpture park....

After the 1990 school children weren't Tito's Pioneers any more. Soon came the war, and Pionirski grad became temporary home for many refugees from war affected parts of Croatia. Later it was used as an army camp, and lately there are some efforts to renew it as a school children's park, now under the new name as Town of the Youths.

Today it is still not more than a park for the people of the surrounding areas that come here to enjoy fresh air, sports and children playgrounds.

The days when Pionirski grad was full of kids, and schools had to wait on the waiting lists for months are for long gone.

  • Last visit to Granesina: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2005
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  • Jul 16, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Can anyone give me an actual location for the chu chu train?

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    Jun 3, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Fascinating - sad and funny! I suppose it is a few years since you have seen that Bosko Buhar movie!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Interesting page about the past but I don't think it will be a must see for a first timer to Zagreb ;)

  • Nov 27, 2005 at 10:50 AM

    So did you become "familiar with Tito's birds"? :))

  • Aug 29, 2005 at 10:23 PM

    my mother tells me stories about her school days, singing songs for tito, wearing red scarfs etc. interesting to 'see' it on vt... hvala.

  • Nykaenen's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2005 at 2:32 PM

    Ne moguz vjerovati kako ti od nista napravis mnogo toga! A mozda se ipak ne radi o nista, nego mi neki jednostavno ne vidimo...

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 9:36 AM

    Very Pionirski page, interesting.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 2:23 PM

    Fabulous new page with brilliant photos. I have never heard of this hidden gem near Zagreb, but it seems to be well worth a trip. I like that chu chu train .... it seems to be quite popular to use old steam trains as sort of monuments in Croatia. :o)

  • novsco61's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 6:39 AM

    Odlicno, Niksa.Sedi,5.

  • Jonathan_C's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2005 at 6:28 AM

    Wonderful memoir of your youth, Niksa. Interestingly, it reminds me of stories my Austrian host father told me about his days in the Hitler Jugend -- full of group mentality, rights and obligations and hero worship. Too bad I missed the Boyscouts.

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