Don't waste your time in Semarang with nothing to see or do. Tour de museum, religious tour, riding a canoe, a steam train ride, horseback riding, hunting, to culinary tour, all will be a series of unforgettable trip.
Museum is not only to be the place to kept ancient objects but also to be the place to learn and to know the characteristics of the country and its culture. Visiting museum-museum in Semarang will be interesting trip. You can learning about Indonsian Herbal in Museum Jamu Nyonya Meneer, knowing the train history in Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa, studying the Javanese culture and history in Museum Ranggawarsita, and watching superlatifs record made by Indonesian in Museum Rekor Indonesia.
As a port city, Semarang has been visited by the newcomers from various etnichs and races. When they were decided to stay in Semarang, they built worship places based their own believe. The existence places of worship which were built hundreds years ago can still be witnessed now, among them are Blenduk Church in Kota Lama (Old City), Sam Poo Kong Pagoda in Simongan, small pagodas in Pecinan (Chinatown) Semarang, Pagoda Avalokiteswara, and Kauman Mosque. While for the new worship place which has great architecture is Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah which is equipped with 99-meter-high viewing tower.
Do not miss the opportunity to ride a steam train which has an age more than a century in Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa (Ambarawa Railway Museum). While the track is splitting down the hills, fields, and paddy fields, you will be invited to trail the history of railways in Indonesia.
Riding around Rawa Pening using sampan (an Indonesian for canoe) will be an unforgettable moment. If you come in the morning, you can see the fishermen who were casting the nets in the middle of the swamp. The warmth of morning light will leap your body and face so it can give more energy to continue the next trip.
Do you want to experience a challenging adventure? Horse riding in complex of Candi Gedong Songo (Gedong Songo Temple) which is situated on the slopes of Mount Ungaran can be a choice. The hard of up and down footpaths will be own challenge especially for those who have never ride a horse before.
The mountains and the hills, the enchanting lake, the ships that docked at the pier, the buildings with magnificent and beautiful architecture, and the cross-ethnic society with their own tradition which lived up until now will be the perfect objects to be caught through the lens. Some places that should be visited in the morning to get the best results are Candi Gedong Songo (Gedong Songo Temple), Rawa Pening, and Kota Lama (Old City). While the enchanting places to be catch when twilight came are Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah, Gardu Pandang Gombel, Tanjung Mas Harbour, and Lawang Sewu.
Semarang is rich for Chinese cuisines which blend perfectly with Javanese taste. You can find Lumpia Gang Lombok, Soto Bangkong, Asem asem Koh Liem and Tahu Pong, the mixture of Chinese and Javanese taste. Besides that, there is also Toko Oen which served various European Cuisine. And for Semarang-typical souvenirs, you can get it in the souvenirs centre along Pandanaran road.