The 10 Best Things to Do in Salatiga, Indonesia

July 23, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Salatiga is a city in Central Java province, Indonesia. Located between the cities of Semarang and Surakarta, it sits at the foot of Mount Merbabu and Mount Telomoyo, and has a relatively cool climate due to its elevated position.
Restaurants in Salatiga

1. Mount Merbabu National Park

Salatiga, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Mount Merbabu National Park

Reviewed By Martinus I

This is my favorit mountainering track... With 3142m altitude, Mount Merbabu have many route : Wekas (Magelang), Selo (Boyolali), Suwanting (Ketep, Magelang) esc.
My fav route is Wekas...
From base camp to summit only 6-7hour.
Base Camp - camp 2 2500mdpl (camping ground + water pipe) : 3h
Camp 2 - Summit (Kenteng Sanga 3142mdpl) : 3h
You can climb down to Selo about 9-10h tracking route.

2. Maria Kerep Cave

Jl. Tentara Pelajar, Ambarawa 50651, Indonesia +62 298 592085
Excellent
51%
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Maria Kerep Cave

Reviewed By MegaNainggolan

This is a place for religious visit, for prayer and spiritual experience and relaxing alike.
There is a man made cave where people could pray with devotion to Mother Mary. There is a series of stations in a via dolorossa along a route starting from a Catholic Church in Ambarawa and finished in the Kerep.
When you are here for relaxation do not miss the Gethsemane garden and make sure to visit the local food hawkers and souvenir stalls

3. Havana Horses

Jalan Sakinah Tegalwaton | Kec. Tengaran, Salatiga 50775, Indonesia +62 815-4235-5473
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5 based on 34 reviews

Havana Horses

Havana Horses offers courses and lessons in natural horsemanship, including groundwork, at liberty training and natural riding. We handle, train and ride our horses without the use of force, that is, without the use of whip, spurs or bit. Are you an absolute beginner and a bit anxious around horses? Havana Horses offers you the quietness and the time to introduce you to these magnificent, big and powerful animals. Advanced riders can experience the lightness of a horse in self carriage by natural collection. Join us for an exciting trail ride out to the race track and canter up hill through the green scenery surrounding us!

Reviewed By Zixinxin - Singapore, Singapore

I am a beginner in horse riding and have taken a few beginner lessons in Singapore from various horse centers. But somehow something was lacking from the lessons and the trainers. One day, my friend and I were looking for a short getaway and that was where we found Havana Horses online. Upon Reading the description on the website, we had a very good feeling about the place. But what Anna and Havedz offered and shown us were far beyond what we have expected. Welcome to the inner world of horses!
The place:
Havana Horses has a large arena of land, very beautiful and spacious. The horses are kept as a herd, like how horses are suppose to be in their most natural state. This is very important for the well being of the horses. They have the necessary equipment for horse riding so if you do not have any, that will not be a problem.
The horses:
All the beautiful horses in Havana Horses has their own unique personalities, some like to graze, some like to roll in the sand, some even like to just lay on the sand to relax. They are full of vigor if you get the chance to see them play with each other. I find the horses relationships dynamic with each other very interesting. You can definitely see they are very healthy, happy and contented there.
The training:
Their training styles are totally different from what I have learn in Singapore. They do not train the horses or us(the students) mechanically. Instead, we get to learn about how horses behave and communicate. We have to first be and think like horses to be able to communicate and have a harmonious relationship with them. We do some interesting exercises with our horses before mounting them. In the beginning, we ride without a saddle. Before starting our lesson we also do some exercises to find our seat balance. I think this was such an important exercise to do! In a short 2 days, we learn much more than we ever get to learn in Singapore. Everything they show us are just amazing. Training with Anna and Havedz really open my eyes, riding a horse is not just about controlling them, it is about building a relationship, trust and being one with your horse. As I have mentioned, I am a very beginner in horse riding and rarely exercise, thus my thighs muscles ache the next day but this was good exercise!
The people:
Do I need to say more? Anna and Havedz are such wonderful teachers. I can feel a connection with them which I cannot with the trainers in Singapore. I can feel that they genuinely love what they do, in their dedication and passion towards horses and also imparting their knowledge. Not everyone can be a teacher but they have the gift of teaching. They are very friendly, warm and hospitable and make me feel like I am not only just student but also a friend. They have really set a new benchmark on where to learn horse riding now. A small side note, their children are very cute!
Misc:
They offer lunch and drinks if you take up the horsemanship course with them. Their lunch and drinks are super delectable but healthy at the same time. I really enjoyed them. My friend and I choose to take a 1 hour trail ride at the end of my second day lesson and thoroughly enjoyed it. We went through a forest trail and along the way we get to see how Javanese there live and also a bit about their culture. They are really very friendly. The whole experience is therapeutic and meaningful for me.
In conclusion, I really urge horse lovers anywhere to definitely try out Havana Horses. These past 2 days, I feel that not only I learn more about horses and horse riding, I learn more about myself and my traits as well. For that I am grateful that I have taken lessons at Havana Horses and also cross path with Anna and Havedz. I will never forget the wonderful experiences/memories I have over there even though it is just a short 2 days. I don't think you will too.

4. Mount Merbabu

Salatiga, Indonesia
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5 based on 15 reviews

Mount Merbabu

Reviewed By RirinCen - Semarang, Indonesia

Climbing Mount Merbabu isn't an easy trek but is extremely rewarding when you see the view from the Top of the mountain. It takes roughly 7-8 hours to reach the summit from Base Camp. But me and my friend decided to camp. So we camp on "Pos 3".
Aniwei, the popular route option is to start from SELO. They say it's easier than the other route.
Im with 2 friends and 1 porter, We started at 5pm, camp at 7.30ish pm. Awake at 3am and at 4am go to reach the summit for sunrise. Unfortunately, we're to late, i miss the sunrise. And there's fog over the top for a while. Thanks God, for several minutes the fog is gone. It's clear like cloude everywhere. So pretty!
Definitely will come back again, try another route.

5. Ambarawa Railway Museum

Ambarawa Railway Station, Ambarawa 50651, Indonesia +62 24 3545382
Excellent
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4 based on 190 reviews

Ambarawa Railway Museum

Reviewed By danardanar - Jakarta, Indonesia

This attraction has good collection of locomotives. During holiday and weekend, you might also take 1 hour of diesel train journey using old wooden passenger train.
Not many good choices of place for lunch, you need to find place outside museum.
There is no guide during my visit there, so you need find the details by yourself.
Good for children. A lot of sections is outdoor, so be careful if it's raining. Normally a family will spend time here between 45 mins - 1.5 hour. Depending on whether you are a fan of locomotive or not :)

6. Kali Pancur Waterfall

Nogosaren Village, near Kopeng | Semarang Regency, Salatiga, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Kali Pancur Waterfall

Reviewed By theo1006 - Mijas, Spain

We come here often to see the fall from across the ravine. But we do not every time go down the stairs to the bottom. Why, it is more or less 850 steps as well as one can count uneven and broken stairs. Once at the foot of the fall one can take a refreshing bath, but before one has come up one is quite hot and sweaty again! Even if halfway up one takes another bath at the sacred spring located there. "Chapeau" for the locals who climb the stairs every day with a heavy load of fodder for their livestock!
It is best to visit the waterfall in the rainy season, early after sunrise. Then (when it is not cloudy), the sun shines full on the cliff with the fall.
The entrance to the stairway down into the ravine is at Nogosaren village, about 14 km from Salatiga. Here is a parking and a gate where you have to pay a small fee for the upkeep of the stairs.
Incidentally, the valley of Pancur Creek downstream of the fall offers some fine nature walks. Start at Kebumen on the road from Salatiga to Banyubiru. With some effort you can reach the foot of the fall or the top of the stairs.

7. Rawa Pening Lake

Ambarawa, Indonesia
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4 based on 108 reviews

Rawa Pening Lake

Reviewed By Nina M

Very nice place if you rent a boat to take a round ...
It's quite ...calm.... love it.
Tips
Take tour in the morning.
The boat was 100.000 per trip
Could for 10 peoples.
They offer other outdoor activities such as flying fox, riding horse etc
Then we haved lunch in Restoran Apung ...
See the menu was ...
Nila goreng / bakar 25 IDR
Tempe mendoan 15 IDR
Bandeng 45 IDR
Sambal 9 IDR
vegetables 15 IDR
ETC ....

8. Taman Wisata Kopeng

Jl. Raya Salatiga-Magelang Km. 15 | Kopeng, Getasan, Salatiga, Indonesia
Excellent
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3.5 based on 18 reviews

Taman Wisata Kopeng

Reviewed By Bayu L - Bekasi

Have a nice vacation with my big families here in Taman Wisata Kopeng. They have a lot of attraction, such as swimming pool for kids, ATV track, outbond training, flying fox, spiderweb, and so on. But the cleaness is not so good, and full at holiday.

9. Benang Raja

Jl. Taman Pahlawan no. 62, Salatiga 50724, Indonesia +62 298 311250
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Benang Raja

Reviewed By linanauli21 - Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

This shop is proper for finding gifts to give to people. A wide range of batik designs are there namely shirts, dresses, blouses, bags, shorts, etc. The price offered is very reasonable compared to other shops in other cities in Central Java and around.

10. Digdaya Rent Car

Jl. Argotunggal Raya, Salatiga, Indonesia
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5 based on 5 reviews

Digdaya Rent Car

Reviewed By Rian H

Harga antar jemput bandara Semarang termurah Rp. 280.000 ( allnew avanza incl driver,bbm belum termasuk Tol)
Berbagai pilihan mobil tersedia. Allnew Avanza , Grand new Avanza terbaru 2017 , Honda Brio 2017.
Harga sewa paket wisata / city tour termurah keliling kota Salatiga - ambarawa.
Juga melayani paket wisata ke berbagai kota.
Banyak destinasi wisata kuliner menarik di Salatiga. Dan di Ambarawa 30mnt dari kota Salatiga terdapat beberapa wisata menarik diantaranya ;
Kampung kopi banaran , Resto Eling bening , museum kereta api , Museum palagan , Gua maria kerep , Candi gedongsongo , umbul sidomukti , Kawasan wisata Bandungan, Kawasan wisata Kopeng , Cimory, dsb.

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