Attractions

Top Choice Volcano in Berastagi

Gunung Sibayak

Gunung Sibayak (2094m) is one of Indonesia’s most accessible volcanoes. A guide is only really essential if taking the route through the jungle, but if you’re trekking alone it’s still a very good idea as the weathe…
Palace in Berastagi

Rumah Bolon

Located between Berastagi and Danau Toba, this impressive, well-tended palace complex sits on the edge of the village of Pematang Purba. It was the home of the Simalungan Batak chiefs until the last one died in 1947…
Volcano in Berastagi

Gunung Sinabung

While today it's one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, remarkably Gunung Sinabung lay dormant for over 400 years until its dramatic eruption in 2010. At the time of research it remains strictly off limits …
Village in Berastagi

Lingga

The most visited of the villages around Berastagi, Lingga, a few kilometres northwest of Kabanjahe, has just a couple of traditional houses with characteristic soaring thatched roofs topped with cattle horns. There'…
Church in Berastagi

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Definitely not your everyday church, St Francis of Assisi is built in a monumental Karo Batak style, with a traditional multitiered pointed-roof design topped with buffalo horns. The interior features stained-glass …
Waterfall in Berastagi

Air Terjun Sipiso-Piso

These narrow but impressive falls cascade 120m down to the northern end of Danau Toba, 24km from Kabanjahe and about 300m from the main road. It's worth a photo stop en route between Berastagi and Toba, or as part o…
Village in Berastagi

Dokan

The charming village of Dokan is around 16km south of Kabanjahe. Some half a dozen traditional houses can be found here and they're all occupied, which makes the place more interesting than any of the museum-like tr…
Museum in Berastagi

Museum Karolingga

On the road leading into the village of Lingga is this interesting little museum inside a traditional building with displays on Karo culture and artefacts. If the weather's clear, you'll get a good photo op with Gun…
Museum in Berastagi

Museum Pusaka Karo

Set up inside the old Catholic church (c 1956) is this central museum, across from the tourist information centre, with beautifully presented displays on Karo culture and crafts, including weaponry, costumes, instru…
Hill in Berastagi

Gundaling Hill

Around 4km north of the Tugu Perjuangan war monument, tree-shaded Gundaling Hill provides a unique vantage point from which you can see both Gunung Sinabung and Gunung Sibayak. It’s a 45-minute walk past the turnoff…