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Welcome to Solo
Surakarta or commonly known as Solo is part of Central Java Province. Geographically, this city flanked by Mount Merapi and Merbabu in the north and Mount Lawu in the southeast border. Bengawan Solo also passes Solo, the longest river in Java.
From the location, the position of Solo is on a strategic path that is a meeting point that connected many big cities in Java Island such as Yogyakarta, Semarang and Surabaya. Because of its location, it is no wonder Solo became one of the economic centers in Java as well as for the tourist destination area.
Nowadays, Solo is famous as the center of Javanese culture. Although Solo always develops and becomes a modern city, the city of 44 square kilometers is rich in tradition and historical heritage. The local people are gracious and use the Javanese language in daily life. Besides, lots of interesting art performance and cultural festival are also held in Solo. So that, it is become the reason of the city’s slogan “The Spirit of Java”.
If visiting Solo, famous places to visit in the city are Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta, Klewer Market, Vastenburg Fort and many more. After satisfied getting around this city, tourist can taste the local foods, such as bistik solo, selat solo, garang asem, tengkleng, sosis solo and liwet rice, which are incredibly delicious. The menus are also relatively cheap for tourist.
From all of that, It is also impossible to talk about Solo without mentioning batik. Dubbed as “The City of Batik”, finding batik in Solo is not a difficult thing. Tourists can go shopping at Kauman and Laweyan Batik Village that are the bases of home industry. Klewer Market is also an alternative to go shopping for the batik that currently accommodates dozens of traditional merchants.
The first things to do in Solo should start off with a visit to Kraton Kasunanan Surakarta. Historically, Kraton was built in 1746 by King Paku Buwono II. One of Solo’s tourism icons keeps many stories and has exotic building architecture.
Until today, the palace becomes a primary residence of the king and his family, as well as cultural center in Solo. The main attraction of Kraton is Sasono Sewoko Museum which stores and antique items, such as chairs, weapons, the photographs of Sunan, ancient statues, puppets, gamelan instruments and many more. If tourists visit at the right time, you can also watch various royal rituals including Sekaten and Kirab Pusaka 1 Suro.
Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta is located in downtown which can be reached easily by rental car. This tourism object is open every Monday – Thursday from 09:00 to 14:00, Saturday – Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Friday is a day off. This place is very sacred, so tourists who want to visit here are required to follow some applicable regulations.
2. Grojogan Sewu Waterfall
Grojogan Sewu Waterfall is a tourism icon of Solo which offers a natural atmosphere with fresh air. Located about 37 kilometers from the center of Solo, this waterfall is on the slope of Mount Lawu, precisely in Sepanjang Village, Tawangmangu, Karanganyar. To reach this waterfall, tourists should use a rental car to make the trip more comfortable.
To reach the waterfall location, tourists must walk through hundreds of stairs. Be careful walking because some part of the stairs are quite slippers because it is covered by moss.
3. Kauman Batik Village
Batik Solo has been known throughout the world. Therefore, one thing that will make a memorable holiday in Solo is to see various batik handicrafts in Kauman Batik Village.
Historically, the people of Kauman Batik Village were abdi dalem (royal servant) who were trained to make jarik and batik scarves. So, the typical batik motifs of Kauman are classical grip motif, which the local called is as batik tulis. The royal family often uses this motif.
4. Ngarsopuro Night Market
Ngarsopuro became one of the most crowded night markets visited by tourists in Solo. This night market is operated along Jalan Diponegoro, Keprabon, Banjarsari and Surakarta, or next to Mangkunegaran Temple. Since the location is in the middle of the city, Ngarsopuro became a hangout place for young people of Solo.
5. Vastenburg Fort
Vastenburg Fort is one of the cultural heritage building in Solo that established since 1745. In the early period, the name of Vastenburg Fort was De Grootmoedigheid which means arrogant. The fort that built by Governor General Baron van Imhoff is not far from Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta and Solo City Hall building.
This place is the main destination that must be visited to learn history in the colonial era as well as instill the spirit of nationalism. The purpose of the building was to oversee the activities of Kraton Kasunanan Surakarta since the reign of Paku Buwono III.
In 1775, the fort was expanded and renamed to Vastenburg or palace surrounded by a strong wall. However, after Indonesia gained its independence, the fort was used as a TNI (Indonesian military) base.
After satisfying the curiosity of Vastenburg Fort, stop by at Pusat Grosir Solo (PGS) and Beteng Trade Center (BTC). With low prices, these two shopping places can satisfy tourist shopping desire.
6. The Lawu Park
The Lawu Park is a tourist spot for recreation and family education. This tourist spot is at an altitude, so tourists can relax while enjoying the panoramic views of Mount Lawu and the beautiful pine forest.
Not only highlighting the green landscape, The Lawu Park also provides many modern and traditional games, such as flying fox, skywalk, engrang, gledekan and many more. This tourist spot also has thematic playgrounds such as Rabbit Park, Cempe Park, Japanese Garden and so on.
The Lawu Park is located at Jalan Tawangmangu – Magetan KM 9, Bulakrejo, Gondosuli, Tawangmangu, Karanganyar. The trip from Solo takes around 60 – 80 minutes. Fortunately, car rental services in Solo are available to bring tourists to this spot.
7. The Heritage Palace
The Heritage Palace is a former building of the Gembongan Sugar Factory, Kartasura, which was revitalized as a tourist attraction. The sugar factory, which is also known as the Kartasura Sugar Factory, was established in 1892 and officially inaugurated as a tourist attraction in June 2018.
Until now, The Heritage Palace has been able to attract many visitors. The magnificent architecture of the classical European-style building is the main attraction. Besides, this tourist spot offers a variety of interesting attractions such as 3D Trick Art Museum, Transportation Museum, Industrial Museum, souvenir and handicraft centers, also food street.
The Heritage Palace is located at Jalan Permata Raya Dukuh Tegal Mulyo, Pabelan, Kartasura, Sukoharjo. The tourists can visit this place every day with entrance fee about IDR 55.000 per person.
Traveling Around Solo by Car
Solo City is one of the premier cities as well as popular holiday destinations in Central Java. This city has numerous sightseeing destination, start from historical, cultural, culinary, to shopping. Moreover, Solo has many great places to enjoy the beauty of nature, so the right option to getting around Solo is by car.
Here is the chance allows tourists to explore remote places more freely. Especially Grojogan Sewu Waterfall and The Lawu Park are all places that would be harder to reach by public transports. In another side, having own rental car gives tourists more comfort than public transportation, especially with the family.
Recently, booking car rentals in Solo can be done online. This method is useful because users can get complete information and compare many rental providers at one time and one device. One of online car rental providers in Solo is Traveloka. Users can get verified car rental services easily, quickly, safely and cheaply.
The Best Times to Visit Solo
Tourists will not be bored visiting this city if knowing the best time to enjoy Solo perfectly. Check these tips:
The school holiday season (June and July) is peak season of Solo. In addition to those months, Solo is also crowded in the end of the year.
Solo tends to be quiet around January and February. This time is perfect if tourists want to enjoy Solo more calmly. Especially in February, there is Solo Great Sale at various shopping centers in Solo.
Avoid coming to Solo during the rainy season (November – January). Heavy rains caused the Bengawan Solo to flood and submerging some areas in Solo.
The best weather conditions usually fall in June – September. In those months, Solo would be dry season.
Check Solo’s annual agenda to adjust arrivals with the time of holding interesting events. Generally, a number of events in Solo are hold every year such as Solo Menari 24 Jam (April), Solo Indonesia Culinary Festival (April), Solo Batik Carnival (July), Solo International Performing Art (September) and International Mask Festival (October).
Traveling Tips by Car in Solo
Getting around Solo is relatively easy. For more convenience, tourists can rent a car. Here are some tips to get around Solo by car rental:
Make sure always to compare one rental provider to others. To covers all the needs, tourists can book through Traveloka which the user can compare prices and services from many providers in one app.
Do not be tempted to choose a cheaper rental car. Check the status of the car and reviews given by the previous users on the internet.
In a holiday season, car rental service might be booked by many tourists. Therefore, it is good to book in advance.
Adding a driver is a great way to enjoy a better holiday experience. Choose the younger driver because he has a good physical as well as know more about route and road condition.
Every rental car provider has their policy. So, read the terms and conditions of the car rental carefully before you reserve.
Ask the contact of the car rental provider and driver to anticipate unexpected events.
Before using the car, tourists must ensure its good condition. Be sure to check the vehicle documents and the completeness of car features, such as a spare tire and jack.