Berastagi means “city of rice,” a town in Karo and famous for fruit, vegetable, and tourism. Flanked by two active volcanoes namely Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak and at the altitude of 1,300 meters (4,265 ft) above sea level, it is one of the coolest towns in Indonesia. Berastagi is about 2 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

Berastagi has been a dream destination for visitors landing in Medan and Lake Toba. The town is also famous among local tourists. Why? There are 5 reasons for that.

  • First, the town is famous for its elevated panoramic view and weather, in addition to fruit shopping. Hills, mountains, valleys and agricultural fields dominate the landscape of the town, offering the sense of living deeply in nature.
  • Second, it is the crossroad to access various attractions in Karo, including the two mountains and several theme parks such as Lumbini Nature Park and Mikie Funland.
  • Third, the town has a lot of heritage and cultural attractions to see. Traditional life in certain parts of the town is similar to that in Dokan village.
  • Forth, the location is rich in rain forest and hills. If you are from the Middle East you will find Berastagi a sensational tour due to its contract look compared to your homeland.

Finally, if you want to understand the Karo Batak culture, which is slightly different from that of Toba Batak you see on Samosir, the best place to go is the Karo Heritage Museum at Berastagi.

What to Expect

Berastagi is not by the lake, but miles away. Do not expect a lake experience there. Rather, expect the beauty of the rainforest, quality agriculture, and a deeper look into the Karo Batak culture.

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