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The 10 Best Things to Do in Jerusalem

A center of religions throughout its history, a visit to Jerusalem beguiles the spirit and the senses. A stroll through the Old City's labyrinth of alleyways, with its pungent aromas and the lilt of languages, will lead you from one sacred treasure to another.

Holy Sepulchre

The Church has the last five Stations of the Cross and the 14th is Jesus's tomb, known as the Holy Sepulchre. 2,000 years ago, this spot was an open area beyond the city walls.

Great Synagogue

Built in 1982, the structure reflects the original Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount until its destruction in 70 AD. An exhibit also showcases thousands of "mezuzot."

Mount of Olives

The ridge east of Jerusalem has a series of pilgrimage sites, including churches and the Grotto and Gardens of Gethsemane. It's also the city's main cemetery with 150,000 graves.


Many claim that this garden, which surrounds the Church of All Nations, was where the Romans arrested Jesus. The site also has some of the world's oldest olive trees.

Western Wall

The holiest site in Judaism, this former retaining wall, erected by Herod the Great in 20 BC, supported the outer section of the Temple Mount, upon which stood the Second Temple.

Temple Mount

To Muslims it's Haram esh-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and it's the third holiest site in Islam. It's also the location of the First Temple built by Solomon.

Dome of the Rock

Sacred to Muslims and Jews, the golden dome of the structure covers the rock from which Mohammed ascended to join Allah, and where Abraham prepared to kill his son Isaac.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, the name means "the farthest mosque" and signifies Muhammad's "isra," or night journey, from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.

Photo: Chris Yunker@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Israel Museum

This national museum not only houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it also exhibits a fine arts collection, and a model of the city during the era of the Second Temple.

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The original intention of the zoo was to collect animals mentioned in the Bible. The new zoo, which opened in 1993, has a Noah's Ark with information on the animals from that era.

Planning Your Jerusalem Visit

How many days to spend in Jerusalem?

You could spend years (maybe a lifetime?) delving into this city. However, five to seven days will allow you to visit many of the main attractions. Add another one to two days if you only have time to take day-trips either to the Dead Sea and/or Masada.

Getting around

Your own two feet will get you around the Old City of Jerusalem. Beyond these, there are buses (known as Egged) and one light rail line, a part of which runs along Jaffo Road in West Jerusalem and also has a stop at Damascus Gate. Keep in mind that public transport comes to a halt once Shabbat begins (Friday just before sundown), but the Arab buses and taxi services still operate just outside Damascus Gate.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

You'll find all sorts of accommodations in the Old City, but there are other options in West Jerusalem, for example the area around Zion Square and Ben-Yehuda Mall. It's a lively area with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.

Good to Know

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  • Best time to visit
    Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit, when the temperature is mild and the crowds are thinner. However, make sure you check the calendar, as a Jewish celebration could bring masses into the city.

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What People Are Saying About Jerusalem

Great Tour to visit major sights of old jerusalem

The tour was great and our guide Allan was enthusiastic and explained everything in an non- political and amuzing way with huge background knowledge. I can highly recommend this half day walking tour to get more insights about this great city.
New Jerusalem: Holy City Tour Reviewed by heiko, 09/30/2016

One of the best tours I have ever had - and great value for money too!

The tour started at a pick-up point at a hotel. The description stated Tel Aviv or Jerusalem pick up, but after I booked they sent an info about several additional convenient pick-up points along the coast. We went to Jerusalem first, for a very informative walk around various locations in the Old City. The guide was excellent and the pace was relaxed. Great photo opportunities gave me heaps of likes on social media :) In the afternoon I was placed in a nice 3,5star hotel which should get 4 stars easily. The second day started with a trip to Masada, which was even better than I expected. Another great guide, everything very well planned - breaks in the shade, water refills, over one hour relaxed lunch in an air-conditioned mall... And then off we go to a nice, well equipped beach at the dead sea. There you could put your things in the locker or leave them with your guide, have a dip in the water, take a shower, have a snack at the bar. A good tour, highly recommended!

Very nice tour from a person who's in love with the city)

I recommend this tour for anyone first time in Jerusalem. Much more pleasant and informative than reading the guidebook =)
Skip the Line: New Jerusalem Free Tour Reviewed by Irina, 05/19/2016

Our guide made it so special, it was fantastic!

Thank you very much to Avishay, the best tour guide we ever had. He was funny, organized and made the trip to a history lesson. He understood how to handle our Team with 12 different people from different countries and was respectful to every person no matter if the person was jewish, christian, arabic or anything else. I can recommend it to 110 percent.

Great trip, great guide (Matthew Churchill).

The trip was amazing: it gave us a very good idea of the old city and its distinctive culture. We had a generous and enthusiastic guide. Highly recommended!
New Jerusalem: Holy City Tour Reviewed by Mariaconcetta, 05/17/2016

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