Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
It is a must visit for every citizen and tourist. Jerusalem has many attractions, and on this page, I will share with you some of them.
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Attractions In And Around The Old City
- We will start with the jewel in the crown: The Old City. In this post, we will we visiting “The Big Three,” which are The Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Dome of the Rock & al-Aqsa Mosque. We will also visit additional points of interest like Church of the Redeemer and Davidson Center.
- If you explored The Old City for several days and afraid there is nothing more to see, do not worry. Around The Old City, you can find many places to visit. On Mount Zion, there is The Last Supper Room, King’s David Tomb, and Dormition Abbey. And on Mount Of Olives, you can find many churches.
- Join us for Night Spectacular at Tower of David.
- At the Ramparts Walk in Jerusalem, we will cover both routes: Southern and Northern. Ramparts Walk offers a different view of the old city. While walking on top of the old city’s massive walls, you can see both inside/outside from a high viewpoint, which makes it an exciting experience. Moreover, this is something that most likely your kids will enjoy as well. But, there are downsides as well.
- Join us for a Weekend in Jerusalem. During the weekend, among other attractions, we will be visiting Hebrew Music Museum, YMCA, join the Machane Yehuda Market Tour and go for Kabbalat Shabbat at Western Wall.
- Have you ever wondered what attractions are there for children? If yes, then check out Jerusalem With Kids post.
Attractions Outside Of The Old City
- Our visit to Rehaviya neighborhood will include Ratisbonne Monastery, Bezalel street, and Monastery of the Cross.
- Ein Kerem in literal translation: “Spring of the Vineyard,” was an ancient village of the Jerusalem District and now a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. This picturesque neighborhood has many churches and art galleries, and you can easily spend a half day there.
- Biblical Zoo is one of fewer attractions that are open on Saturday in Jerusalem. It is probably my favorite zoo in Israel, for several reasons. More about that can be found in the linked post.
- Machane Yehuda Market is the most famous market in Jerusalem. In recent years it also became a popular tourist attraction with plenty of tours and workshops.
- Day Trip along HaNeviim street includes less popular points of interest, like Holy Trinity Cathedral, Italian Hospital, and Ethiopian Church. We also will be visiting Nachlaot and Mahane Yehuda Market.
- Selichot are Jewish poems and prayers of repentance, recited during the period before the High Holidays, in preparation for The Days of Awe from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. Join us for Selichot Tour in the Old City.
- During Hanukkah, you can find many tours. We visited several of those Hanukkah Tours. In the first one, we went through the Jewish Quarter, Four Sephardic Synagogues, and of course the Western Wall. And the second one was Hanukkah Western Wall Tunnels Tour.
- Knesset Tour will take you through a brief history of Israel and the Knesset building. Check Jerusalem With Kids post for additional info.
- The Israel Museum is the most significant cultural institution in Israel. Founded in 1965, the Museum has many different wings including Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art Wings. It also features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.
- Bloomfield Science Museum is a great attraction for kids and adults who love hands-on science. And it is open on Saturdays.
- We visited the Hebrew Music Museum during a Weekend in Jerusalem.
- The Museum for Islamic Art despite its size has many exciting findings including beautiful watches collection. Check Jerusalem With Kids post for additional info.
- Let’s visit the Tower of David Museum and Night Spectacular at the Tower of David.
Festivals In Jerusalem
- Knights Festival is an annual festival held at different locations in Jerusalem since 2009. At the Knight Festival, beyond Knight fights, you can see many Middle Ages activities.
- Festival Of Light is a free annual event that takes place since 2008. It is usually held for a week during June in the Old City. Each year new light installations are presented, and I would recommend visiting.
What are your favorite attractions in Jerusalem? Let us know in the comments below.
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Jerusalem City Pass
Several days ago Jerusalem City Pass was launched (official site). Usually, when I travel abroad, I do not buy such cards since in most cases they do not worth it. But, they are convenient. There are two types of cards. The first type includes transportation, museums, attractions and cost 63 euro. And the second covers only museums, and attractions and cost 36 euro. Let’s check what this city pass has to offer and how much it costs.
- Free Round-Trip Bus Ticket to/from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem – Afikim offers a direct bus between Ben Gurion airport and Jerusalem. Afikim line #485 cost 16 NIS one way. Meaning this will require 32 NIS.
- 1 Free & Refreshing Unique Jerusalem Drink – depends on the place and drink, but this is probably 10-15 NIS benefit. Moreover, AFAIU, you need to install a particular application and go through a tedious process to get this drink. I would not bother.
- Free Visitor’s Guide and Jerusalem City Map – come on, with mobile apps and the internet, this can be hardly called a benefit. It is nice to have, but not worth paying for.
- Free Entry to 3 of Jerusalem’s Top Tourist Attractions + 20-30% Discount on Multiple Jerusalem Attractions. The attractions are: Israel Museum – 54 NIS (full adult price), Rampart’s Walk is 18 NIS (full adult price), and Zedekiah’s Cave is also 18 NIS (full adult price). That is a total of 90 NIS.
So far we have 32 + 10 + 90 = 132 NIS. And 36 euro, according to today’s conversion rate is about 150 NIS. Jerusalem City Pass is a little more expensive, but it also offers discounts on various attractions. Thus, if you will be visiting the three attractions, I mentioned in the previous paragraph and other attractions like Night Spectacular in the Tower Of David, the Hebrew Music museum or any other from the list, then consider purchasing this card.
Extended City Pass
As for 7 Day Pass to use public transportation, it costs 63-36=27 euro, that is around 115 NIS. Most tourists will spend most of their time in the Old City or near it. With only several rides to other areas. Therefore, in most cases, it is not worth upgrading the city pass. The price of one trip in the CityPass light train is 5.9 NIS, and the price of one bus ride is also 5.9 NIS. Thus, the upgrade is equal to 115/5.9, i.e., almost 20 rides. Much more then what the average tourist uses.