With the main sections namely East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, and the Old City, Jerusalem is indeed one of the best travel destinations in Israel that you need to visit.
Surrounded by stone walls that have been long structured during the ancient times, tourists are stunned by the historical beauty of the place. Jerusalem is an incredible city with many interesting places.
Find here a list of the 12 Best things to do in Jerusalem.
- 1. Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem
- 2. Join a free walking tour
- 3. Go to the Western Wall
- 4. Visit the Dome of the Rock
- 5. Hezekiah’s Tunnel
- 6. Discover the Old Souq
- 7. Walk the Via Dolorosa
- 8. Walk on Jerusalem's old city walls
- 9. Climb up the bell tower of the Church of the Redeemer
- 10. City of David National Park
- 11. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- 12. Best things to do in Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
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1. Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem
Discover the four old Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters and enjoy incredible rooftop views.
2. Join a free walking tour
Every day at 11am and 2pm a free 2-hours walking tour starts in front of Jaffa Gate. The tour covers all main sites in the old part of Jerusalem. It is expected to tip the guide at the end of the tour.
3. Go to the Western Wall
Aside from the tunnels that take people under the urban, the Western Wall means so much to the locals. This is also known as the Wailing Wall because of the laments of people for the temple’s loss in 70AD. And today, the place is considered one of Judaism’s holiest sites most people visit. In fact, pilgrimages are done here from Zion Gate to Western Wall Plaza.
4. Visit the Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine built on the Temple Mount. It is the oldest still existing Islamic building.
Non-Muslims can visit the Temple Mount from Sunday to Friday from 07:00am to 11:00am and from 01:30pm to 02:30pm. Don't forget your passport and be prepared for strict security checks.
5. Hezekiah’s Tunnel
An all-time favorite activity of tourists especially the children while visiting Jerusalem is the Hezekiah’s Tunnel. This is found in the prehistoric David NP City. Both adults and kids love the historic beauty of the place with an unforgettable experience in the water tunnel. Get ready with your backpack for an exhilarating adventure down the tunnel.
6. Discover the Old Souq
The souq ultimately features the Old City in Jerusalem. Tourists are commonly seen in the area due to its ideal in strolling around, experiencing local traditions, talking to locals, and visiting the shops available in the city. And if you’re looking for spice and food shops, you will surely get interested in trying them out.
7. Walk the Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa is a street in the old city of Jerusalem and said to be the path that Jesus has walked carrying his cross on the way to his crucifixion. The Via Dolorosa begins in the Muslim Quarter near the Lions' Gate and ends in the Christian Quarter at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
8. Walk on Jerusalem's old city walls
Dating back to the Ottoman era, the fortifications of the Old City Walls remain strong to date. With 9 glorious gates within the walls, you will be amazed by the overall structure of the area. The gates include the Lion’s Gate, Zion Gate, Damascus Gate, and the Jaffa Gate. In fact, walking on the wall battlements will take you to the past.
Please notice that on Fridays only the southern part of the walls is opened for tourists.
9. Climb up the bell tower of the Church of the Redeemer
I highly recommend to climb up the 40 meters high bell tower of the Church of the Redeemer. A circular staircase with 178 steps leads to the top from where you have a breathtaking view over Jerusalem.
10. City of David National Park
The city is the exact place of the ancient capital of King David. It’s found outside the restructured walls of the Old City and offers the history of Ancient Israel and Jerusalem. In fact, many of the discoveries were connected to the scriptures in the Bible. You can ride a taxi in order to reach the national park.
11. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered to be the place where Jesus's tomb is located.
12. Best things to do in Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
This is where you will find the world’s oldest cemetery and remarkable churches built in the ancient times. Obviously, this is the place of religious pilgrims and travelers that offers panoramic view of the Old City. Also, people believe that the holy hill is where God’s spirit will rise during the so-called Judgment Day.
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