Welcome to Ambarawa
The market town of Ambarawa, 28km south of Semarang, is of interest to trainspotters as the home of the excellent Ambarawa Train Station Museum. The town was once the site of a Japanese internment camp, where up to 15,000 Europeans were held during WWII – a monument and park commemorate the spot. Today, the town is a jolly place with neatly painted tree trunks and forests of flags around Independence Day.
Ambarawa has hotels, or the Mesa Stila Resort in an old coffee plantation in the nearby foothills makes for a highly memorable experience.