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Semarang has many interesting attractions to be visited, start from historical tours to culinary tours. Therefore, ease of mobility is the main consideration for those who want to visit from one place to another. Car rental is the right choice to facilitate your mobility while in Semarang. You can rent a car from our trusted partners through the Traveloka App. There are many types of cars that can be selected as needed. See the following car rental rates in Semarang:
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Welcome to Semarang
Semarang has an essential role as the capital of Central Java. The Mayor of Semarang called this city, "Pelabuhannya Jawa". This title came from anyone who travels from the west-most edge to the east-most edge of Java Island (or vice versa) will pass through Semarang.
Although it still maintains a classic atmosphere and local traditions, Semarang is one of the most developed cities in Java. Semarang is classified as a metropolis city and become the fifth largest metropolitan in the country after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bandung as well. The economy of Semarang has grown as can be seen from many clusters of skyscrapers that fulfill the integrated business area of Simpang Lima, Pemuda Central and the Golden Triangle of Gajah Mada.
Semarang tourism is also an advanced one. The city is complete with tourist destinations that able to pamper all tourists. The city, which is famous for Lumpia, displays the acculturation of cultural and natural beauty to attract local and foreign tourists. Those local particularities bring Semarang into a mainstay destination for historical, culinary, religious and natural tourism.
Few of the tourism icons of Semarang are Lawang Sewu, Blenduk Church and Tugu Muda. Those destinations are widespread around Kawasan Kota Tua (Semarang Old City) on Jalan Soeprapto. The tourists are usually getting around the area by car rental.
Satisfied with the trip on the weekend, tourists usually visiting Semawis Market in the night. This culinary market has become a significant place for tourists to enjoy Semarang typical food and various other Nusantara dishes.
This icon of Semarang tourism was formerly famous for its mystical side. Lawang Sewu offers many attractions more than that. This cultural heritage of Dutch colonial era's legacy is one of the symbols of the majestic imperial architecture grandeur in the Land of Java.
Lawang Sewu has established at the Tugu Muda roundabout since 1907. The name Lawang Sewu means a thousand doors, referring to a large number of doors and large windows in this building. This classic building was formerly used as the office of a Dutch-owned railway company. Now, Lawang Sewu is a cultural heritage in Semarang in under control of PT Kereta Api Indonesia.
The tourists visit Lawang Sewu for a tour around the landmark while taking pictures. The tourists usually come here with the group, so they do not feel drowned out in a vast area. The tourists often use a rented car so they can stop by to some interesting destinations around after satisfied with this prestigious landmark. Another destination that close to Lawang Sewu is Semarang Old Town (Kota Tua).
2. Tugu Muda
Right in front of the Lawang Sewu, there is Tugu Muda as a monument built to commemorate Pertempuran Lima Hari di Semarang. This stone monument is a symbol of patriotism and fighting spirit of the Semarang youth people who are persistent in maintaining the sovereignty of Indonesia.
Tugu Muda has stood entirely in the downtown of Semarang since May 20, 1953. This stone monument is 53 meter-tall, describing of fighting spirit that never goes out. The monument appearance is beautiful with gardens and ponds surrounding it. Tourists certainly should visit Tugu Muda to feel the struggle of the people to achieve independence. The retracing of its fight can be seen in the relief on the foot of the monument.
Tugu Muda is located at the intersection of Jalan Pemuda, Jalan Imam Bonjol, Jalan Dr. Sutomo and Jalan Pandanaran. Those areas are formerly known as the site of the Five-Day Battle in Semarang. There are many other interesting historical buildings to visit around in this monument, such as the Mandala Bhakti Museum, Lawang Sewu, Pandanaran Building, and Semarang Cathedral Church.
3. Semarang Old City
This area, which is also known as "Outstadt", is the old side of Semarang City which stretches about 31 hectares in Jalan Letjen Suprapto. Throughout the 19th until 20th centuries, the Old City became the economy and trade center of Semarang.
Geographically, Semarang Old City is isolated by the surrounding area. This matter makes it like a different city in the middle of Semarang City. In this area, there are many European-style buildings around the 1700s.
The central icon of this region is the Blenduk Church which is the oldest Christian church in Central Java. There are also other iconic destinations here, such as Semarang Tawang Station, Mberok Bridge and Pelni Office. The characteristics of the Semarang Old City remind people of the Netherlands that makes this place also often called "the Little Netherlands".
Kota Lama offers the excitement of classic exploration experience in Semarang. Of course, going there will be perfect if you invite friends or families. The tourist can use car rental services in Semarang to make the trip more comfortable.
4. Simpang Lima Field
Simpang Lima Field or known as Pancasila Field is a green open field which is the axis of five main roads of Semarang. The main roads are Jalan Pahlawan, Jalan Ahmad Yani, Jalan Gajah Mada, Jalan Ahmad Dahlan and Jalan Pandanaran.
The primary location makes Simpang Lima Field seem like a heart for Semarang City. Its role as the central point of Semarang people also makes it as the heart that gives life to this city.
Simpang Lima Field was built in 1969 and immediately became a landmark in Semarang. Although it is simple, this field offers a typical familiarity of Semarang. Tourists can see local people's activities and relax while enjoying local snacks here. When the evening is coming, the atmosphere grew more lively with many bicycle rentals and brightly colorful becak.
Since it is located right at the main intersection of the downtown, anyone who is visiting Semarang will pass this field. Tourists with car rentals are also tempted to stop in this site while moving, even though their primary destination is not to going there.
5. Great Mosque of Central Java
For tourists who like to visit Central Java for religious tours, the Great Mosque of Central Java needs to be included. Come here with relatives by a rented car with a driver to for a more comfortable trip.
The Great Mosque of Central Java is standing majestically with a blend of Javanese, Islamic and Roman architectural styles. Whoever looks at this mosque will surely be surprised. Especially, when the tourists see the Asma Al-Husna Tower with the height of 99 meters in the mosque area.
The Great Mosque of Central Java has many attractions. The most sought after by the tourists are the Asma Al-Husna Tower, the giant handwritten Al Quran, the giant drum measuring 310 centimeters long and 6 large hydraulic umbrellas in a pavilion area.
As a religious tourism object, the Great Mosque of Central Java has many facilities. Some of them are guesthouse with 23 rooms, Museum of Islamic Culture, view tower and Muslim Cafe.
6. Semawis Market
Semawis Market is the Chinatown area as well as the culinary center of Semarang. Tourists can find it on Jalan Gang Warung. For those who come with a car rental, they can park their cars easily in Jalan Gang Minggir, Jalan Beteng or Gang Besen.
Looking at its history, Semawis Market was first held in 2004 to welcome the inauguration of the Chinese New Year as a national holiday in Indonesia, as well as commemorating the 600th birthday of Admiral Zheng He in Semarang. Celebrations that initially take only three days a year, but now opens every weekend throughout the year.
Semawis Market becomes Semarang City's culinary center with affordable prices. Tourists from anywhere can enjoy the tasty adventure by tasting a variety of Central Javanese dishes. Some culinary that must be tried are lumpia semarang, pisang plenet, serabi, hawa ice, soto semarang and teler durian ice.
Complete your trip in Semarang by visiting Semawis Market on Friday – Sunday. This market opens from 18:00 to 23:00.
7. Maron Beach
If tourists want to discover the natural charm of Semarang, then go ahead to Maron Beach. This beach is located around the Cilandak River estuary, about 9 kilometers from the downtown. Tourists can use a car rental service with a driver to reach this beautiful beach easily.
About the popularity, Maron Beach is said to be similar with Kuta Beach in Bali and Parangtritis Beach in Yogyakarta. Every weekend, this beach is always thronged by both locals and foreign tourists from everywhere.
The beauty of Maron Beach is so tempting because this beach has mangrove forests as a natural abrasion barrier. Anyone can also enjoy the freshness of the sea because of the sloping and calm beach conditions.
The best time to visit Maron Beach is in the afternoon before sunset. The view of the sunset looks perfect with the silhouette of the horizon. Tourists definitely will be tempted to capture themselves with the scene.
8. Sam Poo Kong Tample
Local people call Sam Poo Kong Temple as the Stone Building because the main building of this temple is a stone cave. It is believed as Admiral Zheng He's resting place when the first time he arrived in Semarang.
The cave is now a pilgrimage and worship room in which there is a gold statue of Zheng He in inside. Local people respect the place by doing prayers and offerings every time they visit it.
Sam Poo Kong Temple is a religious as well as historical and cultural tourism object. Here, tourists who are Confucians can make pilgrimages and worship. Other tourists can learn about the history of Admiral Zheng He's journey and the process of cultural acculturation, especially from reliefs that display in the main building of the Temple.
At certain times, the atmosphere in Sam Poo Kong Temple becomes livelier with art attractions. Lion dance and other dances are always displayed in the temple yard so that all tourists can watch it without disturbing the worshipping activity.
9. Semarang Batik Village
Talking about Semarang should not forget about batik as one of special intangible cultural heritage. Same as Yogyakarta, Semarang is also one of the best batik producing cities in the country.
Semarang Batik Village build to the tourist can get close easily with Semarang Batik. After going around the Old City which is located nearby, tourists can directly visit this village using car rental.
As the name implies, this village is the village of batik. All things in this village are about batik. Mural with batik nuances adorns the entire wall in this village. The most of local houses are also batik galleries. Here, tourists can see directly see the process of making batik, learn to paint batik, and buy batik. This experience feels very authentic because it takes place in a local's house itself.
The village, which is located in the Rejomulyo Village, becomes the must visited place for tourists. Young people also like to come here because of the fresh atmosphere. Moreover, the colorful display in Semarang Batik Village is very charming for taking pictures.
Traveling Around Semarang by Car
As a Metropolis city, transportation access in Semarang is well developed already. Traveling around using a car also feels more comfortable because of the many facilities available. The tourist destinations also provide an extensive parking site.
Tourists who come to Semarang can get around this city comfortably. Either the tourists have learned about the city before or not, the traveling experience will be much more convenient if using car rental. Especially, when directly assisted by a local driver that knows the terrain and road of Semarang perfectly.
Finding a trusted car rental in Semarang today is much easier. The most effective way is ordering a car rental at Traveloka. This process is easy, fast, safe and the cost is affordable.
The Best Time To Visit Semarang
Tourists are free to visit Semarang whenever they want. However, the perfect experience is only obtained if tourists know the right time. Read the following suggestions here:
The best weather in Semarang City appears during June to September. This time is very appropriate, especially if tourists want to enjoy natural destinations such as Maron Beach.
The most precipitation falls during January-February, followed by between March and April, and also November and December.
Usually, Semarang is relatively quite over April, July and September. This situation is the right time if tourists want to travel more calmly.
If you want to see the excitement of cultural celebrations in Semarang, visit on Chinese New Year. Destinations such as Semawis Market and Sam Poo Kong Temple held an exciting cultural festival at the time.
Some main destinations in Semarang City are perfect if explored after 17:00. Semawis Market, Simpang Lima Field, Lawang Sewu, Tugu Muda and the Old City are the examples.
Traveling Tips by Car in Semarang
Traveling by car in Semarang requires some particular attention to stay comfortable and enjoyable. Here are the tips:
Instead of using your car, traveling around Semarang is far more effective using car rental services.
Choose the best car rental with these features: good credibility, offer some choices for cars in good condition, reasonable prices and have an experienced driver.
Car rental services in Semarang can be accessed via Traveloka. Here, users can compare prices and products among many providers who have passed the verification. Reservations can be made directly at Traveloka. The process is fast, easy and very safe.
Choose a car rental with the driver. Experienced drivers can travel to many places effectively and efficiently. The driver also knows the road conditions in Semarang very well, so that he could anticipate various kinds of things that might happen.
Check the condition of the rented car. Make sure to choose according to your needs, the number of passengers, budget and the tendency of your trip.
Confirm again about the complete of car letter, and order agreement with the car rental provider, at least a day before the trip.