Central Java: Yogyakarta

The plains around Yogyakarta are dotted with the remains of hundreds of small and large temples erected more than a thousand years ago; the two most famous, the Borobudur and Prambanan complexes, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In the north of town, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mount Merapi, towers, whose latest eruption in 2010 is known as the largest in the past 150 years.

Yogyakarta is also the focal centre of Javanese arts and culture, looking back on four-and-a-half centuries of often turbulent history. The city and her immediate surroundings have the special administrative status of a sultanate – the Kraton area, the Sultan’s Palace and the residential quarters of the sultan’s family and their employees form the town’s center.

Travelling in and around Yogyakarta

...is not entirely barrier free, because ancient temples rarely are. But it is always possible to discover some, if not all, sides of a location. We provide assistance to explore as far as you wish to, using portable ramps, 'secret' sideways, and the help of our competent team ready to assist.

You can combine visiting Yogyakarta with a trip to Bali and/or Sulawesi.

Have a look at our Yogyakarta tour to all the great destinations, or discuss other variations with us.  

Where to Go

There is much to do and see in and around Yogyakarta - Have a look at the highlights below!

You can find more background and accessibility information for each destination in their LINKS.

The Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, is build around an existing hill and extravagantly decorated with nearly two thousand reliefs depicting the life and teachings.

The Sunrise on top of the Borobudur is a special treat for early birds. An easier accessible alternative is Dagi Hill, located just 300 meter east of the grand temple: Borobudur lies covered by early morning mist when the sun raises behind it.

The Borobudur is connected with two ‘satellites’, the small Mendut and Pawon tempels. They all lie on one straight - imaginary - line, that would end, or start, at the Merapi volcano. Worshippers in early times would have visited Mendut and Pawon as a spiritual preparation, before finally approaching monumental Borobudur.

Borobudur
Prambanan

The soaring towers of the Prambanan are certainly the most imposing Hindu monuments in Southeast Asia. 

Merapi

Enjoy stunning views on an adventurous Jeep cruise over the cold lava fields of Mount Merapi's 2010 eruption!

Plaosan

Discover the twin temples of Plaosan, or of the Sambisari below earth level – only two of the many ancient temples around Yogyakarta!

Kraton

The Kraton is Yogyakarta’s Sultan’s palace and its cultural and political heart. The current Sultan still resides in the inner courts. 

Ratu Boko

Ratu Boko is an extensive compound of ancient structures, built on a steep plateau. Enjoy the view into the vast Prambanan plain!

View at Suroloyo, AI 2015

Suroloyo Peak: A drive through tropical vegetation up to the highest peak of the Menoreh Moutains. 

Excavations at Kedulan

At Kedulan, a small Hindu temple, the tedious process of excavation and restauration can be observed!

Vredeburg

Fort Vredeburg is a colonial fortress from the 18th century, now converted into an Independence Struggle Museum.

Ancient temples and grandiose nature

Malioboro

Malioboro is Yogyakarta’s most famous street, and for many Indonesian visitors one of the highlights of their visit to Yogyakarta: It is crowded with hundreds of small stalls selling a wide variety of handicrafts, art, batiks and textiles along the walkways in front of the shop-houses that line the street.

 

If you like to shop for silver jewellery, visit Kota Gede in the south of Yogyakarta, famous for its silver filigree works. Many shops have their workshops directly attached and open for visitors.

Sewu

The remains of the Buddhist Sewu are an ideal place to enjoy tranquility between the rows of ancient stones and debris. 

Taman Sari Underground Mosque.

Taman Sari, remains of a royal Water Palace and amusement garden built in the 18th century, is located close to the Kraton.

Landscape at Candi Umbul

Candi Umbul is an ancient -but still used- bathing complex in beautiful landscape of paddy fields and volcanoes. 

Railway Carriage

Under the Dutch rule an important railway station, Ambarawa now hosts a museum with numerous steam and diesel locomotives.

prambanan_at_night

In the evening, watch the famous Ramayana Ballet performing the epic Hindu Ramayana saga, with the Prambanan as its background.