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The picturesque town of Berastagi in the beautiful Karo highlands, is 70 kms from Medan on the way to Lake Toba. Situated at an altitude of 1300m, the town has a cool climate, ranging between 17 to 20 degrees Centigrade, making a refreshing break from the heat of the city. Days are extremely pleasant while nights can be quite cool.
The town developed in the 1920’s as Dutch hill station and today has become a popular weekend destination for Medan residents.
The landscape here is dominated by distant views of the smoking volcanoes Mt. Sinabung and Mt.Sibayak. On the western edge of the town, Gunaling Hill rises above the surrounding plateau to provide some spectacular views of these two towering volcanoes.
Berastagi is famous for its flowers, vegetables and fruits and its markets constantly hum with activity. The most famous produce probably Marquisa or passion fruit. Sweet oranges are another delicious specialty. Berastagi's produce also exported to Singapore and Malaysia are: cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, red chili, and eggplant. The local markets swarm with people doing business and selling their wares. Here you will see scenes from traditional Karo life as well as everything from jungle miracle cures and second hand shoes on sale.
• Since the weather is quite cool, it is advisable to bring a sweater or jacket.
• You can exercise all your haggling skills if you shop at the traditional market.
• It’s best to avoid here coming on a Sunday as many day trippers from Medan come to Brastagi to climb Mt. Sibayak
Brastagi is a small town with one main street so you can explore it easily on foot or using public transport. Opelet – local public mini van buses – operate to the surrounding villages and are run from the bus terminal.
For more flexibility, you can rent a motorbike from Villa Flores Restaurant or other rentals you can find around the town.
Try getting around the traditional way by taking a leisurely ride in a horse carriage called a "sado".
From Polonia-Medan International Airport, you can hail a cab or take a bus to Brastagi. It's located about 66 km from Medan and the journey will take around two hours.