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12 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem, Israel

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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

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.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem

10 Best things to do in Jerusalem - Free Walking Tour

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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.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem

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

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem

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 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.

10 Best Things To Do In Jerusalem

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 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.

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Best things to do in Jerusalem

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.

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Best things to do in Jerusalem

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.

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Best things to do in 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.

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Best things to do in Jerusalem

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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Cheap Flights:

My top choice is kayak.com. You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class. 

Hotel Deals:

I would recommend checking out Agoda.com. It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500,000 hotels. Other sites I check are Booking.com and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb - Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.

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6 Comments

  1. Continental Drifters August 17, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Super photos, the old Souq looks fantastic. I actually hosted a couchsurfer from Israel last week – it really does seem to be a fantastic country to travel through :)

  2. Sarah Perez August 18, 2015 at 1:25 am - Reply

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

  3. Sabine De Gaspari August 18, 2015 at 5:56 am - Reply

    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 :)

  4. MyYellow Suitcase August 19, 2015 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Lovely place… Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Travelicious Memories August 22, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

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

  6. Kate-Frankie Brennan August 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    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

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