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Solo (Surakarta)

The city of Solo, the short name for the Indonesian city of Surakarta, lies on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. Recently, most of the attention has moved to Yogyakarta, leaving Solo with a wealth of historical and cultural attractions in a less congested environment. The majority of visitors come in via Adisumarmo International Airport. Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport also has access to Solo, being only 60km away with taxis providing transportation to the city.

Once the site of the royal court for Java’s ruler, two royal palaces can be found in the city center. Kasunanan Palace beautifully combines traditional Javanese and classical European styles. The younger Puro Mangkunegaran has an awe-inspiring main audience hall. Cultural attractions are in abundance here and include Radya Pustaka Museum and Sriwedari Theatre which hosts a cultural variety show.

Accommodation in Solo is generally mid-range establishments. The 5-star properties are generally found away from the city center, and the historic core hosts a few boutique options. Those looking to stay close to the airport will find a few hotels in the vicinity.

Be sure to check out the interactive map of Solo for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.