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12 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem, Israel

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 ancient times, tourists are stunned by the historical beauty of the place. 

Jerusalem is an incredible city with many interesting places.

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 11 am, and 2 pm, a free 2-hours walking tour starts in front of Jaffa Gate. The tour covers all the main sites in the old part of Jerusalem. It is expected to tip the guide at the end of the tour.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem
Free Walking 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 people’s laments 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 made here from Zion Gate to Western Wall Plaza.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem
Western Wall

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 07:00 am to 11:00 am and from 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm. Don’t forget your passport and be prepared for strict security checks.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem
Dome of the Rocks

5. Hezekiah’s Tunnel

An all-time favorite activity of tourists, especially the children, while visiting Jerusalem is 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.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem
Old Souq

7. Walk the Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a street in the old city of Jerusalem and is 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 climbing 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 to reach the national park.

11. Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre site 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 ancient times. Obviously, this is the place of religious pilgrims and travelers that offers a 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.

More Internet Resources:

1. Free Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jerusalem’s Old City (with Map)

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Best Things To Do In Jerusalem, Israel

Kate-Frankie Brennan

Monday 31st of August 2015

Great list of things to do for free/cheap in Jerusalem. I will be going in the next few years hopefully and can't wait to see some of these sites. So much history and significance to so many religions. Did you feel safe walking around? I'm a solo traveller so it's something I consider going to different countries. Done are ok on your own, others easier in a group. Thanks for sharing

Travelicious Memories

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

I've never thought of Jerusalem before... thanks for sharing, nice photos!

MyYellow Suitcase

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

Lovely place... Thanks for sharing :)

Sabine De Gaspari

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

I have never been to Jerusalem myself, but it looks so nice out there. Thanks for giving an insight in the nice things of Jerusalem :)

Sarah Perez

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

Looks so beautiful! So much beauty and history! The souq looks like fun! Thanks for sharing!