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Visit Jerusalem

Jerusalem is one of the world’s truly great cities. For thousands of years, people have been visiting this meeting point of civilisations and religions, and it remains one of the most fascinating travel destinations into the 21st century. It is safe to say that human history is tied to Jerusalem like no other place on Earth, so take the time to discover and explore as much of the city as possible during your holiday in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s Three-Thousand Years of HistoryThe starting point for many on holiday in Jerusalem is the Old City, surrounded by walls and accessed by gates – the Jaffa Gate, the Damascus Gate – that have become famous landmarks in their own right. From the Jaffa Gate, you can climb up on the ancient walls for the fascinating views from the Ramparts Walk, before heading back down to explore the sights, sounds and smells and the city below. The Old City is divided into four quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian – and they are all worth exploring in their own right.

The Old City of Jerusalem is where you will find many of the buildings of historical and religious significance. After all, Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The Temple Mount is the third holiest place in Islam, with its Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the holiest place Jews may pray is the Western Wall. For Christians of all dominations, one of the most important places of pilgrimage is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the spot where Christ was crucified.

Culture in JerusalemDuring your Jerusalem getaway, make time to visit the many excellent museums in Jerusalem. In the Old City, the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem tells the story of the city, while in West Jerusalem, the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum are both close to the Botanical Gardens and the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. In East Jerusalem, head to the Rockefeller Museum to see room after room of fascinating archaeological artefacts.

One place that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Memorial to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in Europe. Beyond the history museum, there is also a children’s exhibition, a garden of remembrance and the sombre Hall of Names, dedicated to the victims known and unknown.

Food and Drink in JerusalemFor more relaxed parts of your holiday, Jerusalem has plenty going for it in the evening and after dark. Jerusalem city centre is where you’ll find much of the shopping and entertainment in the city. The Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood in particular is well-known for its upscale boutiques and high-end restaurants. The area around the Mahane Yehuda Market is packed with excellent bars and restaurants, and Talpiot in the south is home to many of Jerusalem’s best clubs. Increasingly, holiday makers head for East Jerusalem to sample regional cuisine and the famous Jerusalem hospitality.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(110 area reviews)

Unique features of Jerusalem City Centre include the historical sites and museums. Make a stop by Jerusalem Great Synagogue or Mamilla Mall while you're exploring the area.

Jerusalem City Centre
Old City which includes markets, food and street scenes

Old City

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Winding streets, important religious structures and ancient architecture all help to make Jerusalem’s Old City one of the most interesting destinations in Israel.

Old City
Mamilla, Jerusalem, Israel

Mamilla

4/5Very Good!(24 area reviews)

While visiting Mamilla, you might make a stop by sights like L.A. Meyer Institute for Islamic Art and Jerusalem Theater.

Mamilla
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Nachlaot

If you're spending some time in Nachlaot, Machane Yehuda Market and Ben Yehuda Street are top sights worth seeing.

Nachlaot
Katamon, Jerusalem, Israel

Katamon

While Katamon may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like L.A. Meyer Institute for Islamic Art and Israel Museum.

Katamon
Kiryat HaLeom, Jerusalem, Israel

Kiryat HaLeom

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Kiryat HaLeom, Knesset and Supreme Court of Israel are top sights worth seeing.

Kiryat HaLeom

Top hotels in Jerusalem

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
5 out of 5
11 King Solomon St., Jerusalem
Rs28,261
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Mamilla Mall, Jaffa Gate and Tower of David Museum of the ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (472 reviews)

"Centrally located to all attraction, beautiful area"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
26-28 Agron Street, Jerusalem
Rs28,719
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mamilla Mall, Jaffa Gate and Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (289 reviews)

"Everyone was amazing .. the food excellent .... love this place .., I would go again"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
The David Citadel Hotel
The David Citadel Hotel
5 out of 5
7 King David St, Jerusalem
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs28,261
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Mamilla Cemetery and Pool and Mamilla Mall. Tower of David Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (266 reviews)

"Incredible room. Meals perfect. Service impeccable."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

The David Citadel Hotel

Popular things to do in Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

4/5(48 reviews)

Part of the sacred Temple Mount site, this lead-domed structure is a fully functioning mosque. It is among the holiest sites in the Islamic world. 

Western Wall
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Western Wall

4.5/5(90 reviews)

This 2,000-year-old structure is one of the world’s holiest sites, where hundreds of praying worshippers make for a stirring sight.

Jaffa Gate
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Jaffa Gate

4.5/5(57 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Jerusalem during your trip to a top site such as Jaffa Gate. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

4.5/5(50 reviews)

This famous church stands at the site where, according to Christian belief, Jesus was killed, buried and later raised from the dead.  

Mount Zion
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Mount Zion

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Immerse yourself in history and culture at the summit of this beautiful hill, which is a place of great religious importance. 

Israel Museum
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Israel Museum

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at this large museum, which hosts valuable art collections as well as precious historical artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Reviews of Jerusalem

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

We are always happy to visit the beautiful city of Jerusalem.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

There is a lot to do and see with plenty of restaurants and lots of shops. Don’t forget to bargain in the souk. Parking is an issue so best to walk or take taxis

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

A wonderful city with so much history. Will definitely visit again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 29, 2019

Trip spoilt by the quality of the hotel. Requires renovation and staff that like to smile!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

Staying in East Jerusalem you get a very different experience from staying in central Jerusalem. This hotel is perfectly located and it’s a 10 min walk to Damascus Gate. You will experience the local shops and markets staying at this hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

I love the buzz, and the many things to do. It's unique and there's so much to experience. It's interesting just sitting watching people, and enjoying the 'only in Israel!' moments.

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