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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.

Gethsemane

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

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • 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

i liked the route though the desert.i was impressed by fortress massad

it was a very beautiful tour. the fortress it was built in a very strategic location. i can imagine how difficult it was for Romans to conquer it. then the dead sea for me was a wonderful experiance.

Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/28/2016

i saw the Holly city and i was impessed to learn a lot about. nice.

before arriving in jerusalem i had already red a lot about the HOLY CITY so i enjoied a lot to see it. the tour it was wonderful and i saw things i coundn t have seen alone.

New Jerusalem: Holy City Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/28/2016

Great experience and excellent organisation

The tour was worthwhile the effort and was superbly organised. The pick-up at the hotel was on-time without any glitches. Hats-off to a very knowledgeable and capable guide as she managed to juggle English and French staring to the needs of our mixed group. Big thanks for the fantastic day!

Full Day City Tour of Jerusalem Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/12/2016

Very enjoyable and our driver and guide was very friendly and helpful.

Due to roads being closed on our return journey the driver had to deal with some incredible driving situations that lengthened our journey considerably but he dealt with it in a very professional manner showing great patience

Dead Sea Chill Out Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/28/2016

This should be on top of your to-do-list!

If you want to do a lot of breathtaking things in a short period of time, this is just right for you! Climbing Masada was exhausting, but the view absolutely fantastic! The stay in En Gedi was a bit too short and entrance fees too high for that. Would have also loved to spend more time floating in the Dead Sea. But all in all it was an amazing experience!!


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