Top Things to See in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a dynamic city full of things to see and do! The options can be overwhelming, so check out our guide and discover the top things to see in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is one of the most historical and religious destinations in the world one can visit, but it’s truly so much more than that. The sunny, ancient city is home to lots of great museums, boats an impressive food scene, and is known for a good party! Wondering how to spend your time in this cultural gem? Our guide will show you how to see the top things in Jerusalem so you don’t miss any of it!
C'est le world’s Holocaust Memorial Centre and is first up on our guide to the top things to see in Jerusalem. Yad Vashem works to preserve the memory of those lost in the Holocaust. It’s also an educational institute, visited by millions of people every year to learn and pay their respects. A visit here is – without a doubt – a humbling experience.
Le mur des lamentations
This is believed to be the Holiest place in the city, and therefore, the most visited. Built in the 10th century BCE, the wall stood 30 metres high, but was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. Also known as the Wailing Wall, it’s a place for Jews to mourn the loss of the Second Temple which once stood here. People travel from wide and far to visit this holy site, pray here, and touch it. You’re allowed to write a little note, and stick it in one of the cracks in the wall. Twice a year, the notes are collected and placed in Holy ground to decompose. When visiting, please be respectful and remember that men and women must not approach the wall together.
Meir Panim’s Free Restaurant
If you have enough time in Jerusalem and want to give back, we recommend coming here. The restaurant feeds hundreds of hungry Israeli’s in Jerusalem every single day. They have 5 locations and if you want to help out, simply contact them!
The Tower of David
This place is also known as the Museum of History of Jerusalem The archaeological garden has a lovely historic feel to it and the sights are unforgettable. Even on Saturdays, this beautiful place is open late, so make sure to visit.
The Israel Museum
To satisfy your inner history nerd, the Israel Museum is a must visit and is considered the best in Jerusalem. Home to art, archaeological finds, and original manuscripts, you can learn and see so much here. Be sure to check out the urn-shaped building known as the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls!
King David Hotel
This is the most famous hotel in the city and one of the world’s leading hotels! The King David Hotel has hosted many famous names and royal figures but being a 5 Star hotel, we don’t expect it to be in your budget. We’re only suggesting it so you can marvel at the its pink facade, and explore the grounds! The view of Jerusalem is incredible from here, and it’s not a bad spot for some Instagram shots.
The Western Walls Tunnels
Located under the Western Wall lies a series of underground tunnels, measuring in at 488m long. The Western Wall Tunnels are one of the coolest things to see in Jerusalem. You can take a tour through the tunnels if you want to learn as much as you can on your visit.
Mahane Yehuda Market
This market offers the best shopping in Jerusalem! You can get everything from cheese, exotic fruits, wines, chocolates, coffee beans and so much more. The market is also home to several trendy restaurants, wine bars, and cafes. It’s one of top places to see in Jerusalem.
Mea Shearim Neighbourhood
The Mea Shearim neighbourhood is one of the oldest Jewish neighbourhoods in Israel and is located just outside the Old City walls. But before deciding to come here, please keep in mind this is the home of Jerusalem’s Orthodox Jews, so respectful attire is expected. So cover your shoulders and knees, especially for women.
Traditional Orthodox clothing for men includes a white shirt, a black blazer, black pants, and a wide brimmed, black hat. Unless you see other tourists, this is practically all you’ll see here as far as attire is concerned. This charming neighbourhood is worth a visit to see a different side of Jerusalem.
Church of Holy Sepulchre
Located in the Christian quarter of the Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates back as far as the 4th century. Not only is it built on the site where Jesus was crucified, it’s also said that Jesus was buried and resurrected here. His empty tomb is on display for people to touch. But be ready to wait in a long queue as people come in masses for this experience.
Within the church there are the last four stations of the Via Dolorosa which represent the final episodes of Jesus’ passion.
Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives acts as a buffer separating the Old City of Jerusalem from the Judean Desert. Located just behind the Western Wall, it reaches 800 metres, giving you amazing 360° views. To the west, you can see Jerusalem, and to the east, you can see the desert. The name simply stems from the fact that this area was once covered with olive trees, and during the time of the Pilgrimage, Jews would sleep here, sheltered by the trees. Nowadays, it also acts as a burial site for Jewish people, with an estimated 150,000 graves.
Dome of the Rock (Temple Mount)
This Islamic Shrine is located on the Temple Mount in the Old City and is one of the top things to see in Jerusalem. It’s one of the oldest known works of Islamic architecture, and topped with a gold dome. Covered in a beautiful mosaic, it’s easily one of the most stunning things to see in Jerusalem, so we definitely recommend a visit here!
The last stop on our top things to see in Jérusalem is Mount Zion. This location has been deemed holy by Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike for hundreds and years, and holds quite a bit of religious relevance. Mount Zion is full of landmarks, including the Tomb of King David, Room of the Last Supper, the Chamber of the Holocaust, and a Protestant Cemetery.
Where to Stay in Jerusalem
Our top recommendation for accommodation in Jerusalem is Abraham Hostel. This centrally located hostel is famous for it’s incredible atmosphere and amazing facilities. They offer dorms and private rooms, and invite you to participate in their daily activities! Be sure to also spend some time at the rooftop bar and enjoy some incredible views of Jerusalem.
Top Things to See in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is an exciting destination and one that will certainly satisfy your wanderlust. Follow our guide to the top things to see in Jerusalem to make sure you get the full experience!
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