Welcome to Bukittinggi
The market town of Bukittinggi sits high above the valley mists as three sentinels – fire-breathing Merapi, benign Singgalang and distant Sago – all look on impassively. As well as being a handy base to explore Danau Maninjau and the surrounding countryside, the town itself is an interesting spot for a night or two. There are some worthwhile historical sights, including a Dutch fort and Japanese WWII tunnels, as well as attractive local landmarks. At an elevation of 930m it has a refreshingly temperate climate all year round.
It's a popular stopover for those heading between Padang and Danau Toba.