Yogyakarta for All
Yogyakarta is not always barrier-free. Especially the ancient temples are not entirely accessible. However, travel with a wheelchair in Yogyakarta is possible! Visitors with any disabilities can explore Yogyakarta and its surroundings. We offer you support!
Our Yogyakarta day trips take you to all the great destinations. You can combine visiting Yogyakarta with a trip to Bali or Sulawesi. Have a look also at our information about accessibility in Yogyakarta.
What to do in Yogyakarta
In the plains around Yogyakarta you will find hundreds of small and large temples, built over a thousand years ago. The two best known are Borobudur and Prambanan, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The top one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, the Merapi, is located at only 30 km from the city. It is spiritually associated with Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta is the historical and cultural heart of Java. The Hindu Ramayana Ballet and Gamellan music, batik fabrics and Wayang puppet shows are famous. There is also a lot to explore from a culinary point of view. For example, try gudeg, jackfruit cooked in coconut oil and palm sugar!
The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. It was built around a hill. Almost two thousand reliefs with scenes from Buddha’s teaching and life adorn the walls of the nine levels.
Two smaller temples, Mendut and Pawon, respectively at 4 km and 2 km from Borobudur, lie on an almost straight line from Merapi volcano to Borobudur. In earlier times, believers visited these two temples for spiritual preparation, before approaching the mighty Borobudur.
The high towers of the Prambanan are among the most impressive Hindu monuments in Southeast Asia. The three largest shrines are dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, Vishnu the Preserver and Brahma the Creator. The Buddhist Sewu temple is a little off on the same complex. Here in Yogyakarta you find Buddhist and Hindu monumental temples right next to each other!
Culture, shopping, nature and temples
Watch Gamelan at the Kraton, the Sultan’s palace. The current Sultan still resides in the inner courts.
Yogyakarta is famous for its Batik fabrics with special patterns and colours. Observe the artful production process in this workshop.
Kota Gede, a district of Yogyakarta, is famous for its filigree silver work in traditional production.
At traditional markets, next to tropical fruits and vegetables, herbalists sell Javanese health drinks from herbs and spices.
Malioboro is Yogyakarta’s most famous street. For many Indonesian visitors it is the highlight of their visit: Hundreds of small stalls offer handicrafts, batiks, textiles, souvenirs and all kinds of local snacks.
The twin temple of Plaosan, lost between rice fields, is just one of the many ancient temples around Yogyakarta!
Enjoy stunning views of the beautiful Merapi volcano. Are you up for a Jeep cruise over cold lava fields?
Candi Ijo with several small buildings is located on a plain overlooking the mountains.
Yogyakarta is surrounded by great nature: endless rice fields and wide rivers, tropical forests and mountains.