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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Israel Museum
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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

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

The guide was excellent. He was knowledgeable, did not rush

The guide was excellent. He was knowledgeable, did not rush with his explanations; his main concern was for us to learn as much as possible. He took a good care of us in every way. Also, the driver was very good and very nice.

Masada & The Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Jerusalem Reviewed by Malgorzata, 11/05/2018

Very good and tour guide Jana was perfect

Efficient, a lot of information and walking, interesting places with tour guide Jana, and really it is good to visit Betlehem: beautiful church, nice tour guide there too. Dead sea very hot, enough time to swim.

Well organized, nice and competend guide

We deciced to make this trip the evening before at 8.30 pm and hadn´t much hope that it would work. But half an hour later everything was fixed. We were picked up near our rented appartment and everything was really well organized. Our guide Zahi Shaked was great. He had the right measure between useful and interesting informations, entertainment and restraint. Thank you for an unforgettable day in Israel We has

Superbra tur, man ser allt man behöver se.

It was amazing in terms of what you get to see and the knowledge of the guide, the only thing is that you get ripped off for lunch. They take you to a local place where you get some stuffed pita bread and then they make you pay 15$ for it.

Dan has provided a great Tour through Jerusalem

Very good tour, well organized. All guided are a bit anxious to lose any people but that’s understandable as the city is very busy and you lose easy oversight. Dan was very knowledgeable, we saw all the important sights and had enough time. Can recommend for a day tour!

Jerusalem Old & New City Tour from Tel Aviv Reviewed by Alexander, 09/27/2018