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…
Top Choice Museum in Medan

Museum of North Sumatra

Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations and Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histo…
Historic Site in Danau Toba

King Sidabutar Grave

Located 5km southeast of Tuk Tuk, near the Tomok ferry terminal, are a complex of royal Batak tombs. At the entrance you'll pass sarcophagi of royal members and family, but to find the tomb of King Sidabutar you'll …
Palace in Medan

Istana Maimoon

The grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the Sultan of Deli in 1888 and features Malay, Mughal and Italian influences. Only the main room, which features the lavish inauguration throne, is open to the public. …
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'…
Historic Site in Danau Toba

Batak Graves

Amid the fertile rice fields between Simanindo and Pangururan are these large multistorey graves decorated with the distinctive miniature Batak-style house and a simple white cross. Batak graves reflect the animisti…
Museum in Danau Toba

Museum Huta Bolon Simanindo

At Samosir’s northern tip, in the village of Simanindo, 15km north of Tuk Tuk, there’s a beautifully restored traditional house that now functions as a museum. It was formerly the home of Rajah Simalungun, a Batak k…
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 …