Top 50 things to Do and to See in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem called Al-Quds in Arabic is the capital of Israel though unrecognized internationally as such. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and holds a prominent position in three most strong religions of the world Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem is situated in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern most of the Dead Sea. One of the most important cities in the world to know some of the oldest civilizations; Jerusalem offers UNESCO’ World Heritages sites, historically important places and religious sites to visit. Fifty things that you can do along with your family are as follows:

1. Old City

Jerusalem is among the most popular and most visited tourist destinations of Israel in fact it is the country’s official capital city. This magnificent city is also regarded as very sacred to three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The city of Jerusalem offers plenty of attractions to its visitors. It is also surrounded by imposing stone walls that date to the Ottoman era and include amazing holy places like the Western Wall – the most visited site in Israel and one holy to Jews – Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo has ranked constantly as Israel’s top tourist attraction places for Israelis. The popular Teddy Stadium is considered one of the leading football stadiums in the country.

2. Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem another of Israel’s most significant places to visit. You will find it located in the country’s capital Jerusalem. Yad Vashem is the largest Holocaust museum and memorial in the entire world. This famous museum was founded during the year 1953. You can also find a recently established Holocaust History Museum that is the part of the same complex; it is designed by architect Moshe Safdie was inaugurated during the year 2005. There are plenty of exhibition halls within its dramatic central triangular structure.

3. Israel Museum

The museum of Israel is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the county. This interesting museum can be found in Jerusalem. It is indeed Israel’s largest cultural complex in and counts the Dead Sea cylinder. It is considered as the oldest known biblical manuscripts of the world among its many treasures. The Billy Rose sculpture garden includes works by the likes of Picasso and Rodin. The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in East Jerusalem is also a part of the Israel Museum.

4. Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

The Wailing Wall that is also popular as the Western Wall to be found in Jerusalem’s Old City. It was constructed around 516 BCE. It was also renovated by Herod the Great around 20 BC. It is 18 meters long and includes 24 lines of stones belonging to the different ages. Also in the year 1867, 19 lines were discovered in the underground where the lowest line featured the rocks from the Tyropoeon Valley. During the year 1968 two more lines were discovered and it featured seven layers of stone belonging to the Byzantine and Roman periods.

5. Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Israel. Indeed it is among the oldest Islamic shrines of the world. Dome of the Rock was constructed during the year 691 and houses the Foundation Stone which is considered as a sacred spot in Judaism. It is situated in the Temple Mount and called, “The Noble Sanctuary” by the Muslims.

6. Towers of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Sepulchre Church is considered as one of the most sacred Christian churches to be found in the Jerusalem Old City. This famous church is located Golgotha and it is also the place where Christ was crucified. It also features the burial place of Christ. It is regarded as the main pilgrimage place from the start of 4th century and it is administered by the Church of Jerusalem.

7. The Sculpture Road

You will find the Sculpture Road halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv; it is an enjoyable day trip out of the city with a creative twist of art interspersed throughout. The 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) route (Derech HaPesalim in Hebrew) is situated in the President’s Forest, dedicated to the memory of Israel’s first president, Dr. Chaim Weizmann. During the 1990s, several artists from the former Soviet Union immigrated to Israel; a number of them were invited to line the road with environmentally friendly statues. The impressive sight of this read is the huge statures that you will find along the roadside.

8. The Herzl Museum

The Herzl Museum in Jerusalem is also among the most interesting tourist attractions of the country. Visit this museum with your kids to enjoy an interactive experience, in this case illuminating the life of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl. It is considered an ideal place to visit with you family.

9. Israeli parliament and Supreme Court

The Israeli Parliament is surely worth a visit, it is situated inside and exceptionally beautiful structure. While usually there are no tours open for tourist but how ever the building view of the building from the outside itself is magnificent and worth the visit. You will find it situated near a beautiful rose garden. The Supreme Court, however, is open for visitors and it is designed to perfection.

10. Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is perhaps the most popular tourist attractions of Jerusalem. You will also get the option of riding a camel there. It is considered as truly a unique place, associated with Christian, Jewish and Islamic history. Located near Mount Scopus in east Jerusalem, the nearly 3,000 foot hill is named for the many olive trees that once covered it. The hill faces the old city of Jerusalem.

11. The 10 Gates of Jerusalem

The 10 gates of Jerusalem are considered to be the most spectacular tourist attractions in Israel. These 10 Gates are all wonderful gates in the old Jerusalem wall. It is among the must-visit places of Jerusalem because of its immensely impressive gates, especially the Jerusalem gate of Jaffa where much history happened. It is such a nice part of an Israel travel plan!

12. El-Aqsa Mosque

The El-Aqsa Mosque, located in Jerusalem and its subsidiary buildings, the Museum of Islamic Art by the Moroccans’ Gate and the prayer halls for women, occupy most of the south side of the Haram esh-Sherif. It was constructed by the Omayyad Caliph El-Walid I on the site of Justinian’s basilica dedicated to the Mother of God. The Crusaders took it for Solomon’s Temple, and the Jews call it Solomon’s School (Midrash Shelomo). The interiors of the mosque are also very impressive.

13. Valley of Elah

You will find the extremely beautiful Valley of Elah just forty-five minutes southwest of Jerusalem. Visit Valley of Elah to experience one of the Israel’s most tightly held secrets. This region of the country is flanked by the gently rolling hills of Judea, still remains one of the Holy Land’s less frequented gems. The area surrounding this magnificent Valley is indeed one of the hotspots of Israeli viniculture.

14. Mount Zion

The Mount Zion is among the most visited tourist attractions of Israel. It is from here only the road stretches towards north to the Dung Gate and northwest to the Zion Gate. Visit Mount Zion Mount Zion, with its Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines. Since the fourth century, as is demonstrated by churches constructed at that time.

15. Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter that is to be found in Jerusalem is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Israel. This division of the Old City was located in remains during the Israeli-Arab fighting during the year 1948 and later was reconstructed soon after 1967. You can also find a number of synagogues which have been rebuilt in recent years.

16. Citadel

The Citadel, popularly known as David’s Tower is one of the popular tourist attractions of Israel to be found in Jerusalem. Today, the Citadel now houses a museum on the history of Jerusalem and a folk museum and has some interesting excavations. From the Citadel, and mainly from David’s Tower, there are superb views of the city. You can also enjoy an impressive son et lumière show on the history of Jerusalem during evenings, is presented in the Citadel.

17. Garden of Gethsemane

To the left of the Tomb of the Virgin in Jerusalem is a passage leading to the Grotto of the Agony, immediately south of which is the Garden of Gethsemane with its eight ancient olive-trees (the name Gethsemane is derived from the Hebrew Gath-shamma, “oil-press”). After Christ and his disciples had celebrated the Last Supper on the day later known as Maundy Thursday he went with them “unto a place called Gethsemane” (Matthew 26,36); “and he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed … and being in an agony he prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22, 41 and 44). The disciples slept and left him alone in this hour of agony, and soon afterwards he was arrested and taken into the city.

18. Rockefeller Archaeological Museum

The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum to be found in Jerusalem is one of the famous places to visit in Israel. You will find it right opposite the northeast corner of the Old City, the complex of the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum that is compete dominated by its huge tower. The spectacular museum is named after John D. Rockefeller, who was said to have financed it during the year 1927. It is indeed among the most vital museums of Israel. You will find the display in chronological order Archeological material ranging in date from the Stone Age to the 18th century. Attached to the museum is a large library.

19. Bloomfield Science Museum

The Bloomfield Science Museum is one of the most fun things to do in Jerusalem. This famous museum of Jerusalem is situated conveniently in the center of the city and offers many hands-on exhibits of anything from architecture to physics. The museum is especially loved by children you can get plenty of things to explore.

20. Cutzot Hayotzer Artists Fair

The city of Jerusalem is blessed with plenty of attractions; it offers something or the other for every traveler. The Cutzot Hayotzer Artists Fair is among the favorite tourist attractions. You will surely not want to miss this summer’s largest tourist attraction. This artist’s fair displays paintings, prints and ceramic works of more than 150 artists.

21. Hezekiah’s Tunnel

The Hezekiah’s Tunnel is one of the interesting places to visit in Jerusalem. It is an amazing display of history from the reign f Hezekiah. You will find some of the best archaeological finds include archaeological tools and equipment from earlier excavations.

22. The Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is among the most prominent tourist attractions of the city of Jerusalem. The place is said to among the most sacred places of Jerusalem. According to Christianity Jesus walked this route prior to his murder by the Romans. It is a must for Christians who can walk all the Stations of the Cross.

23. The Ramparts

The Ramparts are among the most interesting tourist attractions of the city. It’s a relatively easy walk to climb the stairs and walk around the Old City walls where you get an impressive view of the backyards and daily lives of the residents which is dramatically and exotically different from what you see at street level.

24. The “Shuk”

The Shuk is one of the most popular markets of Jerusalem. This famous Arab market is entirety entertainment with an extensive variety of products for sale, some indigenous and some Chinese. Caveat emptor! Be sure and bargain but do so with a smile and charm. This market is the perfect spot for shopping in Jerusale`1m.

25. Ben Yehuda Street

The most famous mall of Jerusalem is the Ben Yehuda Street; it is a mostly visited pedestrian mall with shops of every description, cafes, restaurants, street musicians and hordes of humanity. To get some of the best of Jerusalem, head to the Ben Yehuda Street.

26. The German Colony

The Germany Colony is considered to be one of Jerusalem’s most trendy neighborhoods, walking distance from most of the city’s hotels. This particular place is quite a mixture of religious and nonreligious Jews who reside in charming renovated homes amidst upscale shops, restaurants and cafes.

27. Robinson’s Arch and the Archaeological Garden

The Robinson’s Arch and the archaeological garden is one of the famous places to visit in Jerusalem. It is an amazing huge complex located towards the south-west corner of the Temple Mount complex. Once here you can also get the chance to walk along the 2000-year-old Roman road that runs down the southern end of the Western Wall and climb the steps that lead up to the Hulda Gates towards the southern wall. You will also find an interesting museum also her as well as some of the spectacularly well-preserved remain from the Crusader era.

28. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was actually built over some thousand years ago; this building is a hodgepodge of architectural periods and styles. These sites are mostly identified as with Jesus’ death are inside this complex. This church is immensely popular among tourists who are non-Christian. You will surely love the artwork and architecture of this church and thus is definitely worth a look.

29. Mahane Yehuda

The Mahane Yehuda is popularly known as the Jaffa shuk. It is a beautiful open-air market in the New City, to be found on Agrippas street towards the Jaffa road. In this famous market you will find wide variety of things to purchase ranging from clothing, produce, spices and much more, that can be availed at best prices here, and is worth a look even for visitors who don’t intend to shop.

30. The Museum of Islamic art

Another incredible tourist attraction of the city of Jerusalem is the museum of Islamic Art. It is among the most visited museums to be found in the New city. The museum exhibits some of the impressive collection of Islamic art and cultural artifacts.

31. The Tower of David

The Tower of David is built by the Ottomans also with the rest of the old city walls; it is among the famous places of interest in Jerusalem. It is considered as a formidable fortress that guards Jaffa Gate. Today it is a museum; visitors can explore it and learn about Jerusalem’s history. It has an amazing view.

32. The botanical gardens

The most famous botanical gardens of Jerusalem are to be found exactly next to the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University and across the valley from the Israel Museum. It is indeed among the must-visit tourist attractions of the city. These wonderful gardens replicate the climate and flora of many different climates. You will also find here streams, meadows, herb gardens, forests and occasional sculpture exhibitions.

33. The Sherover Promenade

The Sherover Promenade that is also known as the Tayellet is a huge park on the hill that is to be found right towards the south of the Old City. It offers some of the best views of the city – visitors can see the old city, the Dome of the Rock and, on clear days, the hills of Jordan.

34. Bible Lands Museum

The Bible Lands Museum of Jerusalem is one of the interesting places to visit. It is established by Dr. Elie Borowski. It is a famous hub for cultural and educational programs. It is regarded as the only museum displaying the history of the biblical era in the world, in the various lands of the Bible.

35. Time Elevator

The Time Elevator is among the famous places of interest in Jerusalem. It is an amazing journey through the rich 3,000 years of the cities history. Star of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Chaim Topol plays the lead character who amid crashing ceilings, splashing water, and other special effects, leads us on an unforgettable journey moving through Jerusalem’s historic turning points; beginning with the City of David and ending in the 1967 Six-Day War.

36. Neot Kedumim

The Neot Kedumim is one of the exceptionally beautiful Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, also a famous tourist spot. It is said to have recreated the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth. You will find it located half of the way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is not only a beautiful “garden” displaying many of the biblical plants. It also symbolizes the beauty and power of the landscapes that shaped the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

37. Qasr al-Yahud

The Qasr al-Yahud also popularly known as the Castle of the Jews is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Jerusalem. It is situated towards the north of the Dead Sea and said to be representing some of the finest and attractive ancient historical places. The way to Qasr al-Yahud is decorated on both sides with spectacular chapels which were constructed by the Franciscans is worth appreciating.

38. Sacher Park

Sacher Park is the largest municipal park in Jerusalem and at the time extremely popular. The location of the park is also responsible for making it immensely popular. People visit this park to escape the holy atmosphere of the city and its serious looking walls into a pleasant green lung. It was founded during the year 1965. This beautiful park offers almost all the facilities to the visitors. Basketball court, football field, walking, running and bicycle trails, rollerblades arena, open air fitness, amusement facilities are among the things that you will find inside the Sacher parl.

39. The Abu Gosh Music Festival

The Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival is regarded as the only one of its kind in whole of the Israel. This spectacular festival of Israel is held twice a year- at the Jewish Holidays of Sukkoth and Shavuot. It is also the largest and most important festival in Israel for vocal music, in which hundreds of singers and bands take part. During this festival you will find that the churches of Abu Gosh, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Arc of Covenant, turn into performance areas with excellent acoustics.

40. The Jerusalem Light Rail

The Jerusalem Light Rail was actually started during the year 2011, travels from Pisgat Ze’ev in the north to Mount Herzl in the south through Jaffa Street which is in the center of the city of Jerusalem. The Rail halts in planned touristic places, such as Giv’at HaTahmoshet (Ammunition Hill), the Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shkhem) and the Old City, Jaffa Street, the Mahane Yehuda Market, Nahalat Shiv’a and Mount Herzl.

41. Hurbat Sa’adim

Hurbat Sa’adim (Sa’adim Ruin) is the beautiful mountains of Jerusalem that is blessed with various ancient trees and archeological remains. It is among the most visited tourist attractions of Jerusalem and the place is considered just ideal for picnicking. This place is surrounded by some of the worth seeing ancient structures which served in the Byzantine period as a local monastery, a wine press and water cisterns. Because Sa’adim Ruin was once considered sacred, some large and impressive oak and carob trees still stand here.

42. The Mifletzet

The “Mifletzet” is also known as the Monster Park, is one among the interesting places to visit in Jerusalem. This famous Park is an old mythic amusement park that exists around 30 years in the Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood of Jerusalem. The “Monster” is actually an exciting and scary colorful sculpture with slides. It is a concrete construction, which was created by the French sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle.

43. Nabi Samuel

Nabi Samuel in Arabic, the meaning is the prophet Samuel is one of the famous places in Jerusalem. It is considered as a holy place to all three monotheistic faiths as the traditional burial place of the Biblical Hebrew Prophet Samuel. You will find it situated right at the top of a mountain towards the north-west part of Jerusalem. Currently you can witness that the tomb is located inside a mosque that was constructed on the ruins of an inspiring crusader fortress.

44. Deir Rafat Monastery

You will find the Deir Rafat Monastery around some few kilometers away from the city of Beit Shemesh. It is the Arab name- meaning monastery of mercy- preserves the name of the village which was positioned closely. It is among the famous places of interest in Jerusalem and was constructed during the year 1926. You will find that the front of the monastery features a statue of the Virgin with a halo and underneath it is the inscription “Regina Palaestinae”. A shaded courtyard with ancient trees looks over plowed fields and low hills.

45. The Wohl Rose Park

The Wohl Rose Park is planted right in the middle of the Kiryat HaLeom complex in Jerusalem and adds to it a cheerful and fresh atmosphere. As the name of park suggest, the Wohl Rose Park contains approximately 15,000 rose bushes of hundreds of species. Inside the park you can find plenty of beautiful roses that are planted in various areas according to their countries of origin, and each area offers informative signs. It spreads over 75 dunams and offers also lovely lawns, benches and a small lake which is fed by a water canal.

46. Teddy Stadium

This huge Teddy Stadium was considered to be the second in size in Israel, during the year 1992 as it has more than 21,000 sits. The stadium was inaugurated in the Malha neighborhood of Jerusalem. Teddy Stadium serves as the home field for the football teams of Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem.

47. Aish Ha Torah Center

The Aish Ha Torah Center in Jerusalem is one of the most visited tourist attractions. On the roof of it you can find a model of the Jewish Temple that is composed of designed parts made out of Hebron Marble, white Jerusalemite stone and wood. Once on the roof of this magnificent towre you can witness some of the most spectacular views of the city major attractions. The model weighs more than a ton and its measurements are 3 by 1.40 meters. This structure is among the beautiful structures of the city and surely worth visiting .

48. The Mamilla Mall

You will find this magnificent mall of Jerusalem right in front of the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. This mall is considered to be Jerusalem’s most visited and unique mall. It is also known as the “Alrov Mamilla Avenue”, is mostly outdoor. The mall was inaugurated during the year 2007 and is considered an integral part of the prestigious Mamilla quarter. The Mamilla Mall features tens of chain stores as well as boutiques, souvenir and gift shops and cafés.

49. The Nature Museum

The nature Museum of Jerusalem is one of the most visited museums of the city. The museum will surely attract every visitor especially it is loved by children. Nature and environment are the stars of the Nature Museum. This interesting museum is housed during a 19th century Jerusalemite stone structure. It was established almost half a century ago and it presents exhibitions that are dedicated to the past and present of the animal world in the Land of Israel. The museum displays many interesting artifacts and various other activities such as introduction to the world of animals, geology, the human body, dinosaurs, senses and communication, parents and children, the honey bee and the beehive, plants, the seasons of the year, a collection of stuffed animals, the environment and the protection of nature, nature stories hour, and many more.

50. Armon HaNatziv Promenade

The meaning of Armon HaNatziv is the commissioner’s palace, is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Jerusalem. This name is given all three different promenades that are actually connected together. Each of them is considered to be somewhat different than the other, and this is possibly the secret of its charm: the Gabriel Sherover Promenade, the Daniel Haas Promenade, and the Richard Goldman Promenade. Here you will notice that the magnificent Armon HaNatziv Promenade stretches on the clear border with the Judean Desert.

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