Some famous Indonesians originated from Purwokerto, such as Jendral Sudirman and Jendral Gatot Subroto. These heroic people are honoured in street names all over Indonesia.
The town is at the base of the Mount Slamet volcano, the second highest volcano in Central Java. Purwokerto is a popular gateway to climb it, since the summit crater is about 18 km (11 mi) from the town centre. The rivers that flow down its slopes into the town provides some welcome greenery in the industrial drabness and hectic bustle.
There is no physical visitor information office, but Banyumas Regency local government has a non-English website catering to visitors who wish to explore the city and surrounding areas.
- 1 Purwokerto Train Station (Stasiun Kereta Api Purwokerto), Jl Stasiun, Kober, Purwokerto Barat. Stop ID: PWT. Trains from Jakarta take 4 to 9 hours, depending on train class, arriving at the main Purwokerto station. Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best of the lot: most comfortable and quickest. Taksaka is almost as good. These trains also cater for those travelling to Yogyakarta. (updated Nov 2017)