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Jerusalem has been a city of great significance since Biblical times. Today it is the largest city in Israel and is considered to be a holy city by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Known as the City of Gold, Jerusalem is an incredible and diverse city. Here you can see elements of the first century AD operating immediately next to the technology of the twenty first century. Don’t be surprised when you see enchanting ancient neighborhoods sitting right next to the brand new office towers and high rise apartments. This city is bursting with interesting religious sites, significant historical locations, and popular tourist sights.
Points of interests / things to see
Today Israel is one of the few officially Jewish countries in the world. At the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, one of the biggest, and most tragic, events for this community in recent history is honored. In total, this memorial covers forty five acres. You will find a variety of indoor museums and outdoor monuments to explore. There are also several memorials, gardens, and sculptures signifying different elements of this tragedy. On site there are also several world-class research and educational centres. The exhibits on display here are quite remarkable. Even visitors who know a considerable amount about the Holocaust are sure to gain insight through these interactive and well designed exhibitions. You will need at least two hours to go through the main museum and to really do the entire hall justice, you will need closer to half a day. Understanding this tragic historical event is important for all who come to visit Jerusalem. These events are important for the Jewish community, but more generally, it is essential for all humans to gain an appreciation for what our species is capable of. Visitors will come away with a deeper understanding of what led to these events, what transpired during this time, and what lessons we should take away in order to prevent such horrific occurrences in the future.
The old city is certainly one of the highlights for any trip to Jerusalem. You could spend days wandering through this area and still not run out of interesting places to explore. This area of Jerusalem is broken up into four quarters. Each of these has a distinct feel and history. The smallest quarter, known as the Armenian Quarter, you will find a number of museums and shops featuring some of the treasures most valued by the Armenians. In particular you will find outstanding examples of Armenian Pottery, as well as some delicious Armenian restaurants. Moving on the to Moslem Quarter, you discover a lively area bursting with markets and shops for all budgets and tastes. The Christian Quarter has an impressive array of churches and Holy Sculptures to explore. There are also a number of significant historical locations in the Christian Quarter. In the Jewish Quarter, you will find a ton of different sites both above and under the ground, fancy upscale shopping, and the famous Western Wall. This Wall is open to the public twenty four hours a day, and is a must see. Also, hit up the Temple Mount which is open Sunday through Thursdays in the early mornings. For religious reasons, non-Muslims cannot enter the mosque, but everyone is able to get a great view of the Dome of the Rock.
Totalling about fifty thousand square meters, the Israel Museum is vast. Here you will find a six acre sculpture garden and a large collection of artifacts. You can find objects here dating all the way from prehistory to contemporary times. If you love interactive exhibits, be sure to check out the children’s wing. There are special activities and events which take place in this area of the museum during Jewish holidays and school breaks. The museum houses famous items such as the Shrine of the Book and an impressive model of the Second Temple. There is also an extensive art collection at this museum. The strengths of the collection include Impressionists and post impressionists work. There more than enough here to fill half a day. There are special exhibits which regularly rotate throughout the exhibit hall. The exhibitions here are designed to cover many different aspects of Jerusalem’s history and the history of the Jewish people around the world. The museum building itself was recently renovated and has many multi-media elements. On site you will find a gift store complete with a variety of trinkets, books and posters. In addition, there is a cafe and a restaurant in the museum building. If you are looking to engage with some local intellectuals, there is also a regular lecture series covering numerous topics.
Jerusalem is rich with history. You’ll not only find it on the streets, but you’ll be delighted to find it below ground as well. Visitors to the plaza next to the Western Wall can see portions of this incredible piece of architecture; however, much is buried below the street view. As you explore all of the impressive wall tunnels, you’ll want to make use of your comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be trekking across a lot of rocks throughout your journey. Visitors are encouraged to explore the tunnels with a tour in order to get the most out of the experience. These tours are excellently crafted and directed by truly passionate guides. Your guided exploration will be interactive, entertaining, and emotional. You can book your tour tickets ahead of time and pick them up at the main entrance prior to your tour time. The tour includes an explanation of the terrain of Mount Moriah and the Second Temple. You will also get to explore under the Roman arched causeway to the Temple, and all along the Northern portion of the wall. Tours also cover the original Herodian street. The blocks of stone here are the largest used in the Roman world.
This non-profit organization run zoo features animals which are thought to have been common during Biblical times. It was originally established in 1940 as a very small zoo for children. Today the zoo has expanded significantly. It includes a small lake, spacious open areas for both the animals to live in and for visitors to enjoy. The zoo itself is built on two levels. The main foot bath extends through both levels and will take you to the majority of animal exhibits. The animals here are selected to feature creatures native to Israel with a particularly strong representation of those animals that are mentioned in the Bible. The Zoo is open Sunday-Thursday from nine in the morning until six at night. Fridays and during select Holidays, the zoo is open from nine until four thirty in the afternoon. On Saturdays and most Holidays, the park is open from ten until six at night. An adult ticket costs 50 NIS and children between 3-18 are 40 NIS. Seniors and students pay the child price. The main visitor center is built to look like Noah’s ark. Inside you will find an auditorium, gallery, and various exhibits. Be sure to check out the computers here which feature a wide array of information on the animals found here.
Old Jaffa is a delightful city near Jerusalem. It has been wonderfully restored and features all sorts of interesting sights. These include art galleries, shopping opportunities, and a range of interesting restaurants. Although the restoration is fairly new,, the city maintains the mystical feel of times long since past. Here you can relax with the delightful sea views. The small port here is not only the oldest active port in operation today, but it is one of the most photogenic. For those interested in seeing the places of the Bible, Jaffa is mentioned. Be sure to take some time to appreciate the variety of architectural styles found here including styles throughout the Biblical period all the way through pre-medieval, arabic, and venetian times.
Tel Aviv is a very famous city. The port here is evolving into an important center of culture and entertainment. Here you will find the Nemal Tel Aviv Market located just outside the main building. If you visit on Friday, you will find a farmer’s market featuring a wide array of fruits and vegetables. The “Lehamin” bakery is particularly delightful if you enjoy baked goods. This lively part of time always has something going on. In the summer you will find a lot of different shoes both for kids and adults taking place in the streets. If you love spending time by the ocean while checking out some trendy stores, this is a great place to visit.
The purpose of the museum is to inform visitors what participating in Israel’s quest for independence during the 1940s was like. Palmach was the predecessor of the Israel Defense Forces. The museum is located in the northern part of Tel Aviv. This museum offers visitors an unusual experience. After a brief introduction, you will be guided underground through a series of dimly lit rooms and showed a series of impactful scenes. The design of this museum was created in order to reflect the underground army of Israel prior to becoming a state. For those who know little of this important period if Jerusalem’s history, this is an interesting way to learn about it.
This neighborhood is located near the city of Jaffa. It was established prior to the city of Tel Aviv. The narrow streets of Neve Tzedek are always jumping. Although this area was once run down, today it has become a popular destination. Here you can find the Susan Dala Dance Center. You can see a variety of performances here. There are also a number of restaurants, cafes, and shops to explore in Neve Tzedek. If you are looking for an interesting place to relax away from the chaos of the big city, this is the place for you.
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How to get there ?
Jerusalem is a major center of transportation. It serves as the primary entry point for Israel. The main airport for the city is the Ben Gurion International Airport. This airport is located close to Lod and is immediately next to highway no. 1 which connects it to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. You will find all the amenities you need at this airport, including one of the largest duty-free shopping malls in the world. Over fifty international air carriers offer service to this airport. Typically, the journey from the airport to the center of Jerusalem takes between forty to fifty minutes. The security at this airport is particularly strict, so be sure to plan plenty of time to navigate through this part of the process. Another way to reach Jerusalem is via train. It is one of the stops on the Israel Railway network. This rail service is particularly well known for the opportunity to experience beautiful scenery, rather than the expedient travel. If you are coming from Tel aviv, you can take the train headed to Jerusalem which will stop in Lod, Ramla, and Bet Shemesh. The main city train station in Jerusalem is called Malkha station and is just south of the city. One of the most time efficient way to travel to and from Jerusalem is via Bus. You can grab a bus from the airport to the city center, as well as to most Israeli cities. These busses are very reasonably priced and run frequently.
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Hotels in Jerusalem (Jerusalem District)
24 King David Street
94101 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 653.85 ILS - 1230.78 ILS
A Little House In Rechavia
20 Ibn Ezra Street
92424 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 300 ILS - 932 ILS
Jerusalem Gold Hotel
234 Jaffa Street (Entrance from 17 Ha'Tsvi Street)
94383 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 455 ILS - 910 ILS
Harmony Hotel - an Atlas Boutique Hotel
6 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street
94633 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 784 ILS - 1866 ILS
Prima Kings Hotel
60 King George Street
94262 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 658.12 ILS - 1837.61 ILS
Prima Royale Hotel
3 Mendale Street
92147 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 442.55 ILS - 1562.38 ILS
The American Colony Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World
1 Louis Vincent Street
97200 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 1188 ILS - 3461.29 ILS
Jerusalem Gate Hotel
43 Yirmiyahu Street
94467 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 253.21 ILS - 1529.07 ILS
Holy Land Hotel
6 Rashid Street
19700 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 397.76 ILS - 520 ILS
Derech Shchem 82
97100 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 750.42 ILS - 846.15 ILS
Montefiore Hotel By Smart Hotels
7 Shats Street
94267 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 313.85 ILS - 929.74 ILS
Jerusalem Tower Hotel
23 Hillel Street
94581 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 341.88 ILS - 555.56 ILS
Jafa 141 St.
94342 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 300 ILS - 880 ILS
10 Dorot Rishonim St.
94625 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 326.66 ILS - 523.5 ILS
Dan Jerusalem Hotel
32 Lehi Street
97856 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 735.04 ILS - 2273.5 ILS
Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World
11 King Solomon Street
94182 - Jerusalem
Indicative price : 1657.89 ILS - 3648.77 ILS