SalatigaCentral Java, Indonesia. It is known for its cool weather and the Merbabu volcano. It is also the site of the annual Festival Mata Air, a festival highlighting the importance of sustainable use of Central Java's water resources.
By busThere are frequent buses from Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang as well as the "travel" services, mini-buses that will pick you up and drop you off.
It takes around an hour from Solo or Semarang, and around three hours from Yogyakarta. Bus operators that serve the Semarang to Solo route include Rajawali, Safari, Taruna, and Ismo. Ask the bus driver's assistant (the person who checks your ticket on board the bus) to wake you up or let you know when you get to Salatiga. The bus station is the in the southern part of the town.
By carSalatiga is located at the main road that connects Semarang and Solo. If you come from Semarang through the Semarang–Solo Toll Road, take the Bawen exit as the Tingkir exit is too far south from the town center.
By angkotaThere are some angkota (mini-van) public transport lines which are numbered. The minibus number 5 will take you from the southern town border to the Plaza Taman Sari. Unfortunately, no public transport is allowed to go through the main "market" road (i.e. Jalan Jenderal Sudirman) because it is so crowded, however the market and shops along this street are within a walking distance from the minibus routes. A single ride costs Rp3,000 for adults and Rp2,000 for students.
By ride-hailing appsUsing your smartphone, you can now easily hail a GoJek or Grab in Salatiga. It is worth investing in a local SIM card with data so you can use the apps. Because the maps used in the app are not always reliable, drivers tend to call you shortly after they accept the job, to get more precise information. It is helpful to have enough Indonesian language skills to tell them exactly where you are waiting, to be able to describe a useful landmark, and what colour clothes you are wearing.
Lapangan PancasilaYou might be able to visit a night market or a carnival at certain times.
Salatiga is a small town, therefore there are not many attractions around.
phone: +62 298 325498, +62 298 316648, +62 298 316650address: Jl Hasanudin Km.4You can camp, swim at the swimming pool with the beautiful view of the town and Lake Rawa Pening, and take a field trip of the coffee, tea and clove plantations, as well as a dairy farm. You can learn how to plant crops, make organic fertilizers, and get milk from cows.
Atlantic Dreamlandaddress: Jl Soekarno Hatta No.303Atlantic Dreamland is an amusement park that offers attractions like water boom, water toys, bom-bom car, softplay, flying fox, circular track, mini coaster, carousel, water roller, 4D theater, and ATV.
phone: +62 815 4235-5473address: Tegalwaton, TengaranHorse riding school, where the horses live outside all year round in herds, eat locally-available grasses and hay, go barefoot, and are ridden without bit, spurs or other means of force.
Although Salatiga has a relatively large market (fresh market and clothes shops in one large area), it is not special and not geared to tourists. There is a small shopping center, "Plaza Taman Sari", near the clock tower roundabout, between Jl Diponegoro and Jl Sudirman.
phone: +62 815 7549-2003, +62 857 2979-1945address: Jl Kota Baru II No. 150, BlotonganArtisan textiles created with natural dyes. Leaves are pinned onto the cloth, and then simmered to leave an imprint of the leaf on the cloth, in shades of strong purple, and soft greens, yellows, browns and pinks. Call first, this is a home-based industry.
phone: +62 815 4251-4956address: Jl Kenanga, Randuacir, ArgomulyoSapu Upcycle is part of a community of artists and activists that upcycles waste materials into valuable products. They work with bus and truck inner tubes, canvas from former army tents, shipping container webbing straps and circuit boards from mobile phones to make bags, wallets, pouches and jewellery.
Eateries are spread out around the town. Those around the university tend to be cheap.
Mie Bandung (Jalan Pemotongan) serves good chicken noodles (though salty) and "nasi tim" (soft steamed rice with chicken and soy sauce topping). In 2009 they cost below Rp10,000.
Tuntang (one of Salatiga's neighbouring districts) is close to the Rawa Pening lake, where you can find a group of lesehan grilled fish traditional restaurants. These restaurants have small gazebos where you can eat sitting on the floor. Lesehan means "sitting cross-legged on the floor.
Biztrophone: +62 851 0018-1694address: Jl Bima No.3/8, Dukuh, SidomuktiA long menu of pizza, pasta, Mexican, steak, chicken, Chinese and Indonesian dishes, but the kitchen seems to cope. Friendly service, and a choice of 'spaces' to sit in, including the garden.
Waroeng Joglo Bu Riniphone: +62 298 328733address: Jl Mawar No.5BA restaurant with a view of rice fields and Mount Merbabu, offering traditional dishes, especially ribs.
phone: +6287700214777address: Jalan Raya Muncul 2 KM 7Traditional Javanese farm to table cuisine in our traditional Javanese restaurant suitable for in-house and external guests. Event space available with a rice field and mountain view (Telomoyo, Merbabu and everything in between), for a minimum of 15 guests. Choice of venues to sit including 150-year old traditional Javanese house, garden and 6-person lesehan-style (low table) Joglo. Fresh, eco-orientated, authentic rural Central Java.
Non-alcoholic drinks are served in most small eating places and medium to large restaurants. They tend to be sweet. The "es campur" (literally "mixed ice") consists of tape (sweet fermented cassava), pearl balls, black "cincau" cubes, agar-agar, sometimes with mung beans, served with syrup, crushed ice and sweetened condensed milk.
- Plaza Salatiga Hotel – in the centre of the town. It is not immediately obvious from the main road (Jalan Jenderal Sudirman) but located inside an "enclave" of shop houses. From Rp 100,000, you will get a room with a fan and hot water, including breakfast.
Ngawen Indah Hotel
phone: +6287700214777address: Jalan Raya Muncul no.2 KM 7Sitinggil is in a modern Central Javanese village, just up from Rawa Pening lake. Famous for natural water springs, it's a thriving agricultural hub, backed by ricefields and mountains (Telomoyo to Merbabu and everything in between).
The property has a 150yr old traditional Javanese home, with a casual farm-to-table lunchtime restaurant, and simple rooms for guests (shared bathrooms). There is also a campsite (hot water shower), eco-huts in the jungle out the back, and a modern house to the side that sleeps up to 8.
Guests who love Sitinggil appreciate the bustling village, witnessing Javanese Muslim culture, cycling around the lake, trekking the hundreds of trails out the back, relaxing in the evenings with a campfire, fresh simple Javanese cuisine, and sightseeing. 15mins from Salatiga or Ambarawa, not far from Bukit Cinta or rarely visited Candi Dukuh, the Java Man museum, Solo and Semarang is just over an hour away (new toll road is spectacular).
Opposite our property is a public swimming pool and kids water park, fed from local springs and chemical-free. Large markets full of very local produce are a walk away, as are good warungs for evening meals (or alternatively, guests can pre-order from our restaurant).
phone: +62 298 312222, +62 298 315050address: Jl Jend. Sudirman No.335
phone: +62 298 328500address: Jl Jendral Sudirman No.2A 4-star hotel with a swimming pool.
phone: +62 298 316654address: Jl Magersari, Ringinawe, Tegalrejo
Satya Wacana Christian UniversityThe largest university in Salatiga and one of the best private universities in Indonesia. Offers courses in Bahasa Indonesia, of varying lengths up to about three months, featuring homestays and cultural activities.
phone: +62 298 324074address: Jl. Osamaliki No.19
phone: +62 298 326130address: Jl. Hasanuddin No. 806
- Kopeng is about 15-20 mins by car to the southwest of Salatiga. From Kopeng, continue to Magelang, the nearest large town to the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
- Ambarawa is a small town with a railway museum, 15-20 mins by car northwest of Salatiga.
- Surakarta, one of the two centers of Javanese culture (Yogyakarta is the other) is one hour by car to the southeast of Salatiga.