a guide about one of the oldest cities in the world
Jerusalem is not only a pilgrimage destination for Christians, Judes and Muslems but as well one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state of Israel.
Even if you are not religious, there are many things to do and see and it shouldn’t be missed on your itinerary.
Therefore we wrote this Jerusalem Guide.
What to do | Jerusalem Guide
You could easily spend a week in Jerusalem and you wouldn’t cover all of the things to do.
Here are some of them:
The free tour of Jerusalem
This 2 hour tour provided by Sandemans gives you a nice brief information about the history of Jerusalem and is for free (tips are expected).
Meeting point and time:
English: Jaffa Gate at 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Spanish: Jaffa Gate at 11am
The Temple Mount
This is the third holiest site after Mecca and Medina for Muslims.
You can visit it during the following times:
Winter: 7:30am – 10:30am and 12:30pm – 1:30 pm
Summer: 8:30am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Friday and Saturday: closed
The Western Wall
The Western Wall is the Judaism’s holiest prayer site which you should not miss.
But please be respectful when going there.
Getting lost in the old city
Just walk around the old city of Jerusalem and experience the difference of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian quarters.
Day trips to nearby places:
The birth place of Jesus is a major Christian pilgrimage destination and beside important churches you can wander around and discover street arts of the famous and most controversial street artist Bansky.
How to get there:
Take the bus #234 to the main entrance to Bethlehem called checkpoint 300 and from there you can either take a taxi or walk the short distance to the major sights.
The biblical important place and the oldest human settlement in the middle east offers many sights like:
The Mount of Temptation with the Greek Orthodox Monastery on top or Tell es-Sultan with the oldest remains of a city in the world.
How to get there:
Take a Sherut (shared taxi) from Betlehem for 20 – 25 ISL (4.95 – 6.20€).
The Dead Sea
Traveling to Israel without visiting the Dead Sea? Not on our watch.
Floating easily on the water surface is so much fun and shouldn‘t be missed when going to Israel.
Because of the high concentration of sodium in the water, you will always float and you can’ t sink in the Dead Sea.
We recommend you to go to Ein Bokek because there is the best public beach.
How to get there:
Take the bus number 486 which will take about 2 hours.
One ride costs 55 ILS (13.60€)
The price may seem high but the other alternative would be to stay in one of the really expensive Dead Sea hotels and to which you have to get anyway by bus, taxi or car.
Where to stay in Jerusalem
We had a great time at the Cinema Hostel and we can really recommend staying there.
The Cinema Hostel transformed an old cinema to one of the best places to stay in Jerusalem and it has a great location:
Only a 10 minutes walk to the Jaffa gate of old Jerusalem and a 10 minutes walk to the big fruit and vegetable market where you can buy cheap ingredients to cook in the big communal kitchen.
The hostel has mixed and female dorm rooms and for more privacy private rooms with double beds.
Every evening there are different events like movies, jam sessions in the in-house bar, language practitioner meet ups and many more therefore you will definitely not get bored.
If you are interested, you can book your stay directly on their website.
Where to eat | Jerusalem Guide
There are many great eateries in Jerusalem, from cheap and delicious street food Falafel to high class dining experiences.
A Jerusalem Guide wouldn’ t be complete without at least one restaurant tip therefore we can highly recommend one place which serves really healthy and delicious food:
Village Green is a delicious vegan restaurant which offers all you can put on a plate from the buffet for 44 ILS (10,90€).
We are not vegans but we really loved the food and it’s just around the corner of the Cinema Hostel.
How to get to Jerusalem
The network and availability of public transportation in Israel is great therefore there is no problem to reach Jerusalem by bus or train.
From the Ben Gurion international airport:
Schedule: every hour, 24 hours a day beside Shabbat (Saturday)
Price: 16 ILS (4€)
From Tel Aviv:
There are many buses and trains going to Jerusalem but because of the travel time (bus 1 hour, train 2 hours) and the price difference, we recommend to go by bus.
Bus: 18 ILS (4,45€)
Train: 23 ILS (5,70€)
From Allenby (border to Jordan):
There are shared taxis (Sherut) which go to Jerusalem when they are full.
Per Person: 34 ILS (8.40€)
Per piece of luggage (not hand carriage): 3.5 ILS (0.85€)
We hope this Jerusalem Guide will help you to plan your Israel itinerary and that you gonna enjoy your trip.
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