Solo, Central Java

Surakarta — famously known as Solo — is one of the big cities in Central Java Province with a traditional charm that will surely make everyone falls in love. There are a lot of things waiting to be done in this city, from cultural tours, art shows and visiting some historical sites, to culinary adventure, or Batik and handicrafts shopping. Besides Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, Solo also has Mangkunegaran Palace — an autonomous monarchy from the Mataram Dynasty. Well-preserved up until now, these two palaces are tourists’ favourite because of its history. No visit to Solo is complete without tasting various kinds of local cuisines. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy their signature dishes like Nasi Liwet, Selat Solo, Tengkleng, Serabi Solo or also known as Serabi Notosuman, Cabuk Rambak, and Wedangan Cangkir Blirik.
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Solo, Central Java

Surakarta — famously known as Solo — is one of the big cities in Central Java Province with a traditional charm that will surely make everyone falls in love. There are a lot of things waiting to be done in this city, from cultural tours, art shows and visiting some historical sites, to culinary adventure, or Batik and handicrafts shopping.

Besides Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, Solo also has Mangkunegaran Palace — an autonomous monarchy from the Mataram Dynasty. Well-preserved up until now, these two palaces are tourists’ favourite because of its history. No visit to Solo is complete without tasting various kinds of local cuisines. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy their signature dishes like Nasi Liwet, Selat Solo, Tengkleng, Serabi Solo or also known as Serabi Notosuman, Cabuk Rambak, and Wedangan Cangkir Blirik.

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De Tjolomadoe Tickets

Colomadu
8.5/10(57)
Attractions
Rp 22.500
Visiting an old building may seem scary. But in De Tjolomadoe, you will experience exactly the opposite! Get ready for an enjoyable and educational trip at this centuries-old structure. A former sugar factory built in 1861, the place is now transformed into a cultural center, concert hall, and commercial area. You can stop by the Museum Pabrik Gula area to see original German-made factory machines from up close and learn about the factory's long history.<br /><br />Afterwards, enjoy refreshments and relax at the cozy Besali Café or head to the impressive Tjolomadoe Hall to see any show held on that day. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and see the remarkable transformation of this cultural heritage!

Pandawa Water World Tickets

Solo Baru
8.2/10(868)
Attractions
Rp 65.600
Just like its name, Pandawa Water World features sculptures of the Javanese puppet characters, Pandawa, as the icon. This place offers various water activities that are suitable for everyone. Some water rides are also quite challenging, such as Sight Tower, Bima Slide, Gatotkaca Bungy Tower, Fantastic Slide, etc.<br /><br />Besides trying out the water rides, you can also lay on a swim tube in its anti-tsunami artificial beach. There is also a food court that sells local Indonesian foods in case you are hungry after playing all day. There's no need to worry to play every ride because you'll be safe under the supervision of trained lifeguards.

The Heritage Palace Tickets

Kartasura
8.1/10(322)
Attractions
Rp 49.500
Located just 10 km from Solo, The Heritage Palace is the latest selfie tourism attraction in Sukoharjo that is built on the former site of Gembongan Sugar Factory. Explore various eye-catching photo spots in the colonial era building, such as a 3D art museum and Omah Walik (upside down house). You can also find antique car displays spread across The Heritage Palace. Set against an old building in the background, these cars will make interesting social media material. Bring the whole family and spend a fun family day at The Heritage Palace!

Jurug Solo Zoo Tickets

Jebres
7.6/10(23)
Attractions
Rp 18.000
This upcoming weekend, how about visiting Jurug Solo Zoo for a fun-filled day that the whole family can enjoy? Located in Jebres, Surakarta, the zoo is home to over 63 species of local animals that you can meet up close, including Sumatran tigers, hippos, leopards, and more. If you're up for some excitement, hop on a friendly camel or elephant and take a little ride around the park. Besides interacting with the animals, you can also watch impressive waterworks in the dancing fountain that comes on at night!

Royal Water Adventure Tickets

Solo Baru
7/10(35)
Attractions
Rp 18.000
If you’re looking for a new destination for the weekend, look no further than Royal Water Adventure! Located in Grogol, Sukoharjo, Royal Water Adventure offers great family entertainment at an affordable price. The family-friendly water park has pools that are fun for everyone, including a lazy river, semi-Olympic pool, and water playground for the little ones. Have fun on the waterslides and make your day even more memorable by joining in the exciting foam party. If you want to practice your swimming strokes or challenge your friends to a swim race, the semi-Olympic pool is also available for that need.

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About Solo

Surakarta, or better known as Solo, is one of the cities located in Central Java Province. Known as the center of art and culture, Solo also has many interesting places to visit during holidays. In fact, several tourist attractions in Solo have become icons of tourism in Central Java. The name Surakarta itself symbolizes hope. The word "Sura" means courage, while the word "Karta" means prosperity. On the other hand, the word "Sala" or “Solo” comes from an Indian sacred tree named Sala Shorea Robusta tree. Geographically, Solo is directly bordered by Karanganyar Regency in the north and east, Sukoharjo Regency in the south, and Colomadu, Karanganyar, and Boyolali Regency in the west. Solo has a warm and humid tropical climate with annual rainfall reaching 2,200 millimeters per year. The average air temperature in Solo ranges from 28 °C to 30 °C. Lowlands with sandy soil dominate most of the area, making the soils in Solo very fertile and suitable for the cultivation of vegetables, tobacco, and sugar cane. In addition to Bengawan Solo, Solo also passed some other rivers and springs that originated from Mount Merapi. Now, Solo isn’t only known for its rich Javanese culture, but also its natural beauty, friendly people, and culinary delights. It’s no wonder that so many local and foreign tourists are interested in spending a vacation in Solo.

Top Things to Do in Solo

As one of the cities with abundant natural resources, Solo offers many interesting places to fill your vacation time. You can consider the following number of recommended tourist attractions in Solo here

The Heritage Palace

For those of you who like to take selfies, the Heritage Palace can be the right place for this. Before known as one of the hype tourist destinations in Solo, the Heritage Palace was recorded as a former sugar factory from the Dutch colonial era. Established in 1892, the building was later transformed into a modern tourist spot. In the museum yard, there are many antique car collections. Sukarno (the 1st president of Republic of Indonesia) once used one of them: a Dodge car made in 1948. Because of the European-style building shape, this place is perfect for taking selfies. Other rides you should visit are the 3D Trick Art Museum, Omah Kwalik, Garden Retro Paradise, and the Industrial Museum.

Royal Water Adventure

Royal Water Adventure is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Solo. This destination is perfect for a visit with a beloved family. There are several interesting rides that adults and children can try, such as the Flow Pool, Semi Olympic Pool, and Water Slide. An exclusive playground for children is also available with a cheerful atmosphere and colorful swimming pools.

De Tjolomadoe

De Tjolomadoe is an interesting place that once was a sugar factory founded in 1861, but stopped its operations about 20 years ago. In this museum, you’ll feel the vibrant atmosphere of the former factory with many archives and artifacts that come with their descriptions. For those of you who want to gain knowledge as well, you must visit De Tjolomadoe.

Surakarta Palace

If you’re interested in learning the history and culture of Solo, you can come to Keraton Surakarta. Susuhunan Pakubuwana II built the building in 1744 as a replacement for the Kartasura Palace, which got destroyed in 1743 due to the 1740 Batavia massacre. Sri Sunan's residence consists of some complexes, namely Siti Hinggil Lor and Kidul, Sri Manganti Lor and Kidul, Kedaton, Kemandungan Lor and Kidul, Kamagang, Sasana Sumewa, Alun-Alun Lor, and Alun-Alun Kidul. There are also collections of treasures, such as heirlooms, gamelan, and many objects given by the European king.

Sriwedari Park

Sriwedari Park is a tourist spot in Solo that has existed since the era of Pakubuwana X's ruling. This park is known as a center of culture and art alongside a recreation location for Blackjack Night. In 1948, this park also became the host location of the National Sports Week. Around the park, there’s the Wayang Orang Sriwedari building, which is still actively used for commencing shows. On the upper wall of this building, there’s a painting titled "Kresno Duto," which tells the epic Mahabharata.

Top Culinary in Solo

If you’ve satisfied exploring Solo, now is the time to fill your empty stomach with a variety of delicious foods below

Nasi Liwet

Nasi liwet is Solo's most famous culinary. This traditional food consists of savory rice supplemented by additional vegetables, jipang, eggs, chicken meat, eggs, and thick coconut milk (kumut). The meal is served on a banana leaf that can be bent or folded into a cone.

Selat Solo

Initially, this food was served to King Salman during a visit to Indonesia. This exceptional food from Solo is very delicious with the combination of sliced ​​beef, chicken eggs, carrot pieces, potatoes, and beans drenched in its rich stew. The word "selat" actually comes from the word “slaatje,” which means salad in Dutch, and not the Indonesian word “selat” (means “strait” in English).

Timlo

Timlo is a dish that contains chicken meat, fried sausages, liver gizzard, and boiled eggs. The sausages are made from shredded chicken and then wrapped in spring roll skin. After that, it'll be folded to resemble the shape of a martabak (a popular Indonesian street food that resembles—but thicker than American pancakes).

Where to Stay in Solo

If you want to spend a more extended vacation, there are a number of the best accommodations you can choose from, including

Best Western Premier Solo Baru

The hotel’s located on Jalan Ir. Soekarno, Nampan, Madegondo, Grogol, Solo, Central Java. Offering complete facilities and professional services, this four-star property is quite close to the Hartono Mall Solo shopping center and The Park Mall.

The Alana Solo Hotel & Convention Center

The Alana Solo Hotel & Convention Center is the right choice for those who crave comfortable accommodation and luxurious service. This four-star hotel is quite close to The Heritage Palace and Solo Square Mall shopping center. You can find this accommodation on Jalan Adisucipto, Colomadu, Karanganyar, Solo, Central Java.

Solo Paragon Hotels & Residences

Solo Paragon Hotel & Residences is the right choice for you who want easy access to everywhere. Located on Jalan Soetomo Surakarta, Laweyan, Solo, Central Java, this four-star property is close to the Solo Grand Mall shopping center and Solo Paragon Lifestyle Mall.

Do you want more choices of accommodation to suit your budget? You can use the Traveloka application to help you find cheap lodging near tourist attractions in Solo.