Welcome to Berastagi
Since it's only two hours out of Medan, it's a popular retreat on weekends, when main-street traffic almost comes to a standstill. For travellers the main attraction is climbing active volcano Gunung Sibayak and exploring the surrounding Karo Highlands and villages, where vestiges of indigenous Karo Batak culture remain in the shape of the immense wooden houses with soaring thatched roofs and cattle-horn adornments.
On a clear day you can see both Gunung Sinabung to the west and the smoking Gunung Sibayak to the north. Sinabung erupted without much warning in the summer of 2015, causing the evacuation of thousands of people residing on its foothills. It still erupts intermittently and is indefinitely off limits to hikers.