Yogyakarta and Surroundings
…are not always barrier-free, especially the ancient temples were not built with accessibility in mind. However, also for travellers with disabilities is it possible to explore the many sides of Yogyakarta. We offer you support!
Our Yogyakarta day trips take you to all the great destinations.
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Where to Go – Ancient temples, Javanese culture and grandiose nature
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. 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.c
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 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.
The soaring towers of the Prambanan are certainly the most imposing Hindu monuments in Southeast Asia. The massive central structure, dedicated to Shiva in His role as Destroyer, soars 47 m into the sky. It is flanked by the two equally impressive towers for Visnu and Brahma.
Taman Sari is the former water palace of the Sultan. Next to the bathing pools it has an underground tunnel system.
Enjoy stunning views of the active and very beautiful Merapi volcano – for example during an adventurous Jeep cruise over cold lava fields.
Discover the twin temples of Plaosan, or of the Sambisari below earth level – only two of the many ancient temples around Yogyakarta!
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 is an extensive compound of ancient structures, built on a steep plateau. Enjoy the view into the vast Prambanan plain!
At the traditional market at Kota Gede, next to tropical fruits and vegetables, Javanese medical herb drinks are offered.
Candi Ijo, which consists of several small temple buildings, lies on a plain overlooking the mountainous landscape of Yogyakarta.
Fort Vredeburg is a colonial fortress from the 18th century, now converted into an Independence Struggle Museum.
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.
The remains of the Buddhist Sewu are an ideal place to enjoy tranquility between the rows of ancient stones and debris.
Yogyakarta is famous for its Batik with special patterns and colours. The artful production process can be observed at this workshop.
Visit Kota Gede in the south of Yogyakarta, famous for its silver filigree works. Many shops have their workshops directly attached.
Under the Dutch rule an important railway station, Ambarawa now hosts a museum with numerous steam and diesel locomotives.
In the evening, watch the famous Ramayana Ballet performing the epic Hindu Ramayana saga, with the Prambanan as its background.