50 things to do in Jerusalem (the unmissable, unusual and curious)

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Before we start with the extended list of all the recommendable things to do in Jerusalem I want to anticipate other posts I made about my trip to Israel.

In the blog you will find an orderly plan and . Within the complex of the Esplanade of the Mosques this mosque was one of the destinations on Muhammad’s journey from Mecca.

5. Visit the Jewish Quarter. It’s the quietest neighborhood within the Holy City. And one of the cleanest because it was rebuilt after so many years during the 20th century.

6. Western Wall (or Wailing Wall). The Sabbath or Shabbat is the holy day for the Jews, so it is the most special day to witness the greatest fervor at the Wailing Wall. It is visited from the esplanade next to the wall.

7. Visit the Christian quarter. Although I am naming it in fifth place, I would like to clarify that the order has no order of priority whatsoever. In fact, you can start by entering the Jaffa Gate and walking around the Christian Quarter.

8. Visit the interior of the Holy Sepulchre. This temple is built on the site where, according to the biblical texts, Jesus was crucified and buried. It will be one of the most unforgettable visits in Jerusalem.

9. Visit the Armenian quarter. This is the smallest neighborhood in the old part, and it’s a sector next to Jaffa Gate.

10. Meet the Tower of David. It is in the same Armenian quarter and the Citadel Museum is located there.

11. Walk the Via Dolorosa. This street in the Old City of Jerusalem is a pilgrimage route that follows the itinerary taken by Christ carrying the cross on his way to his own crucifixion. The 9 stations of the Way of the Cross are marked on the whole itinerary. While the last stations of the 15 are inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre.

12. Visit the Mount of Olives (and exit through the Lions’ Gate). Of course, it is possible to walk around it on your own. But there is also the option of a guided tour of the Mount of Olives (about three hours). Here you can book this tour. The Mount of Olives is east of Jerusalem, and there is the place where according to the Bible Jesus prayed and where he was before he lost his freedom and was arrested.

13. Gardens of Gethsemane. On the Mount of Olives itself, this garden was the place where Jesus could pray the last night before he was arrested. The curiosity is that in this space there are olive trees that are more than 2,000 years old, so they are the same ones that were there at the time that Jesus prayed.

14. Visit the Church of Santa MarĂ­a Magdalena. Also on the Mount of Olives is the church of St. Mary Magdalene, which belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church.

15. Go up to the most beautiful viewpoint of the city (from the link I explain what it is and how to get there).

16. Visit the modern city (outside the walls). Both on your own and with a guided tour of the modern part in the cap mode. Jerusalem is also a huge city with much to see and explore outside the walls.

17. Visit the Mahane Yehuda Market (known as the Shuk), this lively boutique walk with fresh, handmade products is a lively space. This is where you can also try falafel, shawarma, fruit juices and dishes made from the local cuisine.

18. Visit the Museum of Israel (Here is a link to the official website of the Museum of Israel ).

19. Visit the Bible Lands Museum . This museum exhibits samples about the ancient peoples mentioned in the Bible: Egyptians, Arameans, Hittites, Elamites, Phoenicians, and Persians among others.

20. Visit the Museum of the History of the Holocaust (Yad Vashem) An official institution promotes the memory of the victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II. The space is in the Jerusalem Forest (Mount Herzl). (official website of Yad Vashem)

21. Visit the Tomb of King David.

22. Getting to know the Damascus Gate

23. Visiting the Cenacle

24. Visiting the Sepulchre of Mary

25. Visiting Hagia Maria Abbey

26. Pass through the Gate of Zion.

27. Tour the Jerusalem Botanical Garden

The unusual in Jerusalem

28. Visit the archaeological site of Jebus

29. Visit the Garden Tomb.

30. Visit the Jerusalem Bible Zoo

31. Visit the Rockefeller Museum

32. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension

33. Tour The First Station Shopping Center

34. Visit the L.A. Mayer Institute of Islamic Art

35. Visit the Bloomfield Science Museum

36. Visit the Friends of Zion Museum

Funny thing about Jerusalem

37. Walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel. Also known as the Tunnel of Siloam, it carried water from the Gihon fountain as early as 701 BC. Everything is now an archaeological installation that can be walked through 450 meters of tunnel (with water at the knee). It’s under the ancient city of David.

38. Visit Absalom’s cave. Within the Jerusalem district the cave of Absalom contains one of the largest concentrations of stalactites in the mountains of Judea. It is in the city of Bet Shemesh and can be visited.

39. Visiting the Dung Gate

40. See the model of Jerusalem

41. About The Burnt House

42. Cave of Zedekiah

43. Visit the Sanctuary of the Book

Day trips from Jerusalem

What follows are day trips from Jerusalem. In this way they can also think about extending their stay in Jerusalem. Especially if we are traveling on our own and don’t want to rent a car in Israel. In fact, I understand that many people don’t dare drive, although it’s something I did and I recommend it. Israel is a small country with relatively small distances. Going from north to south can be done in only six hours, and going from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea is only 90 minutes.

However, if we do not want to worry about driving, maps and distances behind the wheel, nothing better than choosing between organized tour options. I’ll mention some of the more usual ones:

44. Excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea. You can go either on your own or on an organized tour. For the option of organizing a free visit I made a blog post explaining the details of staying at the Dead Sea for two days. There is also the option of an organized tour to the Dead Sea or the option of a day tour to the Dead Sea and the Masada fortress.

45. Excursion to the north of inner Israel (Nazareth, Tiberias and Galilee). To do this tour in an organized way you can see the details from here.

46. Excursion to the note of Israel on the coast (Caesarea, Acre, Rosh Hanikra). This organized tour visits the most ancient cities on the coast, including the mythical Acre, and the Roman ruins of Caesarea. You can see the details from here.

47. Excursion to Bethlehem. You can actually do this tour in an organized way in about 5 hours. And you can see the details from here.

48. Take an organized tour of just over four hours to Jericho.

General tips for visiting Jerusalem

Transfers in Jerusalem. I mention to you in case you need a transfer option in Jerusalem. Especially for getting from the airport to the hotel and back.

How many days are you in Jerusalem? My rough recommendation is to stay at least three nights and an ideal of four nights. And finally, if you want to use the city as a base, you can stay even more nights to do some of the organized tours that I will also name in this post. So let’s get on with the things to do in Jerusalem.

By the way, you can also see my nine-day trip through Israel with the route, map and itinerary:

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