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A center of religions throughout its history, a visit to Jerusalem beguiles the spirit and the senses. A stroll through the Old City's labyrinth of alleyways, with its pungent aromas and the lilt of languages, will lead you from one sacred treasure to another.

Holy Sepulchre

Holy Sepulchre

The Church has the last five Stations of the Cross and the 14th is Jesus's tomb, known as the Holy Sepulchre. 2,000 years ago, this spot was an open area beyond the city walls.

Great Synagogue

Built in 1982, the structure reflects the original Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount until its destruction in 70 AD. An exhibit also showcases thousands of "mezuzot."

Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

The ridge east of Jerusalem has a series of pilgrimage sites, including churches and the Grotto and Gardens of Gethsemane. It's also the city's main cemetery with 150,000 graves.

Gethsemane

Gethsemane

Many claim that this garden, which surrounds the Church of All Nations, was where the Romans arrested Jesus. The site also has some of the world's oldest olive trees.

Western Wall

Western Wall

The holiest site in Judaism, this former retaining wall, erected by Herod the Great in 20 BC, supported the outer section of the Temple Mount, upon which stood the Second Temple.

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

To Muslims it's Haram esh-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and it's the third holiest site in Islam. It's also the location of the First Temple built by Solomon.

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Sacred to Muslims and Jews, the golden dome of the structure covers the rock from which Mohammed ascended to join Allah, and where Abraham prepared to kill his son Isaac.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, the name means "the farthest mosque" and signifies Muhammad's "isra," or night journey, from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.

Israel Museum
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Israel Museum

This national museum not only houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it also exhibits a fine arts collection, and a model of the city during the era of the Second Temple.

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The original intention of the zoo was to collect animals mentioned in the Bible. The new zoo, which opened in 1993, has a Noah's Ark with information on the animals from that era.

Planning Your Jerusalem Visit

How many days to spend in Jerusalem?

You could spend years (maybe a lifetime?) delving into this city. However, five to seven days will allow you to visit many of the main attractions. Add another one to two days if you only have time to take day-trips either to the Dead Sea and/or Masada.

Getting around

Your own two feet will get you around the Old City of Jerusalem. Beyond these, there are buses (known as Egged) and one light rail line, a part of which runs along Jaffo Road in West Jerusalem and also has a stop at Damascus Gate. Keep in mind that public transport comes to a halt once Shabbat begins (Friday just before sundown), but the Arab buses and taxi services still operate just outside Damascus Gate.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

You'll find all sorts of accommodations in the Old City, but there are other options in West Jerusalem, for example the area around Zion Square and Ben-Yehuda Mall. It's a lively area with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit, when the temperature is mild and the crowds are thinner. However, make sure you check the calendar, as a Jewish celebration could bring masses into the city.

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What people are saying about Jerusalem

FANTASTIC experience with a great guide: Itamar!

We had a fantastic experience! The trip was well-organised and it was a nice combination: city & museum. Thanks to the great crew, we had a trip we recommend to all. And a special thanks to Itamar Buk. What a knowledgeable guide, with a great sense of humor! So, besides a lot of interesting info, we laughed a lot as well. We'll definitely see you back for another trip, when we return. Thanks again!

Jerusalem Old & New City Tour from Tel Aviv Reviewed by Machteld, 01/21/2019

Guide was very knowledgeable and a wonderful place to visit

Our guide Kobi was able to answer all questions and delivered the tour in a professional, articulate way. He was an absolute delight to be with and was able to communicate with all the different nations on the tour. He was a very lovely man and a real credit to the Ben Harim company. The tour was amazing - wish we had had more time to spend in Israel, we will return.

Jerusalem Old & New City Tour from Tel Aviv Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/05/2019

Smart and well organised guide, nice weather, unforgetable experience.

I have been lucky to meet a smart, well organised, open minded and very friendly guide. Thus, i ve enjoyed a lot the way he structured our meeting, explaining first the general picture, than going down to see what we've previously learnt. Very nice & friendly atmosphere he created. Very helpful and tolerant guide. Would love to have such guides all the time! Nice and skilled driver, shinny day, excelent experience at the Dead Sea. Many thanks and please make your further clients as happy as you made me.

This was an amazing trip with an amazing guide.

Very well coordinated. The guide & bus driver was very knowledgeable and a real pleasure to be with the entire day!

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem Reviewed by Marty, 11/25/2018

Excellent time with a knowledgeable guide

It was amazing how Lorne Newman made this trip. His knowledge was vast and he made it really interesting. He is great!