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With almost 7,000 Indonesian students in Germany and around 300,000 German tourists in Indonesia, a growing cultural exchange is taking place. „German Indonesian Friendship“ – Still a lot of air to the top. Visit Jakarta and vacation on one of the 17,500 islands.

My connection to Jakarta, the „thousand islands“ and Indonesia as concierge is through the embassy in Berlin. On the occasion of Indonesia’s 74th independence celebration I was allowed to attend a reception. As an outsider this is once again a celebration of a free country. However, anyone who has been there once experiences the emotional enthusiasm of Indonesian citizens and friends on this day. The connection between Germany and Indonesia is emphasized. Celebrated and connected with many visions.

His Excellency Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany Arif Havas Oegroseno honoured Bapak BJ Habibie „Prof. Dr. H. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie“ third President of the Republic of Indonesia. He died on 11 September 2019. In 1955 he studied at the RWTH Aachen University. He is remembered as an egalitarian person, teacher and extraordinary role model for Indonesians.

Arif Havas Oegroseno: „I have known Bapak BJ Habibie for many good years. In conversation, it is easy to get the impression that he was a simple, sincere, modest and friendly person. A strong personal characteristic.

Goodbye, Bapak BJ Habibie. May your legacy of optimism, humility and honesty, which you have left us, be remembered forever. We want to continue your efforts to build a better Indonesia.

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Berlin opens its doors to members of the Diplomatic Corps as well as to Indonesians and Germans. Please honour and commemorate our deceased Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie in a book of condolence.“

Since the 50s Indonesia has maintained a strong German-Indonesian friendship – tourism and business promote many networks through a Berlin-Jakarta city partnership

Indonesia Miniature Park Jakarta official Museum pavilion DKI
Indonesia Miniature Park Jakarta Museum – Network with Director Tourism

Visions and new plans – Arif Havas Oegroseno had strong news for us guests. He announced the construction of a new embassy building. The building, decorated with many Indonesian design elements, is being built in the middle of the gardens of the national embassies. Just a small part – the façade is reminiscent of the patterned fabric decoration from this colourful cultural country. Ornaments and structures are included in the redesign.

In the near future it will be possible to apply for a visa to enter Indonesia at the New Embassy. Uncomplicated and free of charge for an average holiday period.

Applying for entry visa in Germany – Miss Jakarta shows how easy it is

Little info: Did you know that „Indonesia“ is derived from the Greek – „Indo“ for India and „nesos“ for islands. Indonesia has three time zones – spread over the 17,000 islands. Central Indonesian, East Indonesian and West Indonesian time – we in Europe feel the time difference of 6-8 hours. I communicate with my friends in the morning – so they are already in evening mode in Indonesia.

Interview with Hari Wibowo, Director Jakarta Tourism 2018

Visit the country, the people and the many islands. A few weeks of a „normal“ holiday are much too little. Recreation vs. discovery – just lying on the beach is not. City trip and nature – discover the tropical country. Many enthusiastic visitors of Indonesia are available with a lot of advice and action. There are many social media groups. e.g. in Facebook you can find live experience reports.

I was allowed to discover Jakarta on the occasion of the biggest jazz festival. As a blogger I was invited and was impressed.

Reception Jakarta Tourism Gouvernment Concierge Gerry IKI_7946 Java Jazz Photographer Rizki Amriyadi
Reception Jakarta Tourism Gouvernment Concierge Gerry
Java Jazz Photographer Rizki Amriyadi

Streetfood – in Jakarta and Bogor – seems to me to be a cradle. We are familiar with food trucks from the USA (of course whatever else). Or in Berlin there is the Thai-Park in Wilmersdorf. Many fragrant impressions. Prepared at home and offered at the „roadside“ – just try it. Indonesia the eating culture takes place on the street. Students do their work during the day – then it’s off to the universities from 17/18h – when the readings are finished, it’s off to the streets. Meet friends and eat. Until the night. I was allowed to enjoy it.

The most elegant place to eat is in front of the presidential palace – after a trip to the botanical garden.

Please visit one of the most popular restaurants in Jakarta – the „Sederma“. It is worth it. Your concierge Gerry