Photo: The main attraction.

Things to see and do

Gunung Merbabu
Climb from Kopeng

The summit of Merbabu is 3,145 metres above sea level, making it one of the tallest mountains in Java. Local hikers regularly climb Merbabu in a two-day hike, making camp at one of the shelters along the way. Foreigners more often climb this mountain in a day, starting from Kopeng either in the middle of the night to see sunrise or in the early morning to avoid having to trek in the dark. This ... Read more about Gunung Merbabu .

Candi Gedong Songo
3km northwest of Bandungan

Constructed in the eighth or ninth centuries, these seven temples are scattered across the mountainside in positions of prominence giving them views over the stunning landscape below and of the imposing Gunung Merbabu, which stands in the distance at 3,145 metres tall. Restoration works were commenced in the Dutch colonial period, but many still retain a look of authenticity despite much of what ... Read more about Candi Gedong Songo .

Ambarawa Train Museum
Jalan Statsiun, Ambarawa

The museum is home to 21 steam locomotives which are all sitting out in the open air, causing many of them to show signs of rust. Two other steam locomotives are in working order and there's also a couple of old carriages, the old train station and a small museum displaying a collection of old railway equipment and photos. At the time of research, the site had been closed for a year due to ... Read more about Ambarawa Train Museum .

Monumen Palagan Ambarawa
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman

Built to commemorate the battle in Ambarawa, the museum is located in the compact grounds as are a P51 Mustang aircraft, a tank, some old American trucks from WWII and a steam train. Most of the vehicles are in good nick and it's worth a quick look if you're in the ... Read more about Monumen Palagan Ambarawa .

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