Bukittinggi translates to ‘high hill’, a befitting name for this Indonesian city nestled more than 900 meters above sea level. Its cool climate and the landscape of the highlands attract many travelers every year to discover the natural splendors and colonial history of the area. After landing in Padang, the city is only accessible via a two-hour road trip.
Bukittinggi exhibits a fair share of Dutch colonial architecture from its time known as Fort de Kock. The fort itself, more an outpost tower, is located in a park that offers panoramic views of the town. The Dutch-built Jam Gadang
clock tower is considered a centerpiece of the city, overlooking the town square and located near the tourist markets of Pasar Atas and Pasar Bawah
. The Japanese Caves, a network of underground bunkers and tunnels built during World War II, as well as Limpapeh Bridge
and Bukittinggi Zoo are popular stops for those experiencing the town.
On the natural side, Panorama Park boasts beautiful scenery and the Sianok Canyon and Tabiang Takuruang. The city is also surrounded by three volcanos, providing incredible backdrops against the fertile valleys. Hotels in Bukittinggi are generally located in the city center and along the main roads, with budget accommodation easy to find and luxury properties offering a more tasteful stay.