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Grand spectacles, rich culture, and unique attractions welcome you in this metropolis surrounded by the mountains of East Java. Whether you’re up for some whitewater rafting, volcanic hot springs, or some of the best nightlife in Indonesia, you can take your choice of things to do in Bandung and see what the Dutch were talking about when they dubbed this the Paris of Java.
Built on a broad plain surrounded by volcanic peaks, the city of Bandung follows the lines laid out by the Dutch in the 18th century. The old colonial area still forms the center of town, where modern high-rises share space with historic buildings that show off the city’s unique take on Art Deco design. Northern Bandung reaches into the hills, host the city’s newer, upscale residential areas, where malls and factory outlets provide area a familiar suburban feel for people to take advantage of the cool air in the highlands.
Some of the finest examples of New Indies architecture are waiting for you around the city, and you can get some terrific views at the iconic Villa Isola or explore a showcase of history in the Merdeka Building. Check out the venerable Cipaganti Mosque in the old European residential area, or the towering minarets and patterned dome of the Grand Mosque of Bandung. The Bandung Geological Museum gives you an inside look at the unique landscape the city was built on, or you can enjoy the lively clubs or the night markets along Cibadak Street.
If you want to get to know Bandung but you’re not sure where to start, you can join a guide for a tour that shows you all the action, from colonial Dutch buildings to Indonesian shadow puppets. A trip to the north gives you a fantastical tour of the forested mountainsides, or you can head all the way to the steaming hot springs along the volcanic crater of Tankuban Perahu. Try the fresh tea at the Gunung Mas plantation or take a ride through the rapids of Pengalengan to make the most of the natural wonders in your surroundings.
There's fun for all the family in Bandung. Here are some family friendly experiences to enjoy together that promise to make your trip a blast:
A trip to Bandung need not blow your budget. You won't have to spend a penny if you check out:
Bank Indonesia Building - Architecture enthusiast or not, there's a good chance you'll be awed by this landmark's modern design.
Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) - If you enjoy delving into the past, this is one stop you really shouldn't miss.
Patengan Lake - Take things at a slower pace and spend a bit of time relaxing beside the water.
Perjuangan Monument - Set aside some time to have a look at this place of local significance.
St. Peter's Cathedral - Work on your spiritual side or simply savor the serene atmosphere at this site of worship.
NuArt Sculpture Park - Grab your rug, pack some finger food and find a shady area to relish Mother Nature.
If you're chasing some fun in the sun, check out these outdoor experiences:
If the weather is misbehaving during your stay, shake off your umbrella and try these terrific indoor activities:
If you're vacationing on a tight budget, think about adding the following affordable experiences to your agenda:
Your getaway in Bandung needn't cost a bundle with free attractions like these to keep you entertained: