Best Things To Do in Jerusalem, Israel

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Jerusalem is an amalgamation of history, mythology, philosophy and spirituality and spending around 3 days in the city of Bible will justify just why it shines on the world map. Start with a walk around the Old City and see how the three religions influenced not just Jerusalem but Israel too. According to the ‘Book of Acts’, Jerusalem is where the first Christian Church was established!

The prayers said at the Western wall in the Jewish Quarter, held on pieces of papers covering the cracks of the wall, vouch for the strong belief of anyone who visits.

Touch the stone where Jesus was laid down after being crucified, see the grave of Mary near the Mount Olives, pay your respects at the Al-Aqsa Mosque where Prophet Mohammad is believed to ascend to heaven, visit the St. James Monastery at the Armenian quarters and see the Jewish Quarter that holds ancient masterpieces such as the Cardo (dating back to 700 BC) and Burnt House (dating back to 70 AD).

The beauty of Jerusalem’s flavors can be tasted fresh in its Souks and its inspiring art ceramics, woolen carpets, jewelry and other gift items are hard to resist shopping for.

If you are longing for holidays which will keep you on your toes, a stay in Israel’s capital will do just that! 

Below we have a list of things to do in Jerusalem and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Jerusalem getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Jerusalem with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Jerusalem

Here is the list of things to do in Jerusalem and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Old City


    The Old City of Jerusalem consists of 4 quarters- Muslim, Armenian, Jewish and Christian and has preserved Churches, Mosques and Temples that cover an area of 0.9 square kilometers. The place has many other old buildings and structures including the Western Wall (wailing wall), ‘Yeshivas’ or homes of Israeli settlers, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock an...Read more
  2. Western Wall

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    Western Wall

    Religious Site, Landmark

    The Western Wall was built in 20 BC by King Herod and occupies a part to the west of the Temple Mount. The Western Wall is also called as ‘The Wailing Wall’ since for centuries, Jews have gathered here to grieve over the loss of their Temple. The wall has seen its fair share of troubles and has been a witness to the destruction caused by the Romans in 70 AD. During the 16th century ...Read more
  3. Yad Vashem

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    Yad Vashem


    The Second World War took a toll on the whole world and Israel was no exception. The atrocities against the Jews by the Germans are shown at the Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial which in its own way, is a reminder of the times when humanity was lost. See the photos of the victims and see art combined with history to depict the heartbreaking moments during the Second World War Highlights include:...Read more
  4. Church Of The Holy Sepulchre

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    Church Of The Holy Sepulchre

    Church, Religious Site

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre contains the 2 holy sites of Christianity - the ‘Calvary’ where Jesus was crucified and the empty tomb where he was buried and believed to have resurrected. The entrance of the church is where you will find the Anointing Stone where Jesus was laid down to be prepared for his burial. Visitors rub oil on the stone and kiss it as a mark of respect. Myth...Read more
  5. Israel Museum

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    Israel Museum

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    The Israel Museum has some of the best artifacts and unique objects in not just the history of the country but of the world. The museum was established in 1965 and is one of the largest museums in Middle East! Highlights include: A Nail which is believed to be one of the nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Dead Sea scrolls (the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world). The museum ...Read more
  6. Mount Of Olives

    View Point, Monastery , Tomb

    The Mount of Olives is probably one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is believed that Jesus Christ visited the Mount of Olives 3 times before he took his last breath and every time he did, incidents of great importance have taken place. Today, the Mount of Olives shapes yet another of Jerusalem’s historic stories. A tomb of Mary is also located near the Mount and many churches,...Read more
  7. Gethsemane

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    Religious Site, Garden, Historical Site, Nature

    The Garden of Gethsemane has an ancient Olive garden where Jesus would visit quiet often with his disciples to pray and where they slept the night before Jesus was crucified. It was at this very place that the soldiers arrested Jesus Christ and handed him over to Pontius Pilate. Today, the garden is a place of worship and still echoes its stories. The calm, tranquil ambience of the place is apt...Read more
  8. The Garden Tomb

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    The Garden Tomb

    Religious Site, Garden, Tomb

    The Garden Tomb is the worship place for Anglicans and Protestants, believed to the place where Jesus was buried (to the controversy of the other burial place). The controversy comes from the place of Jesus’s burial being called ‘Golgotha’ or ‘Skull Hill’ assumed to be this very place by Scholars since the mid-19th century. The tomb along with the garden does make ...Read more
  9. Tower Of David Museum

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    Tower Of David Museum

    Museum, Tower, Specialty Museum

    The Tower of David Museum is an ancient Citadel located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The original tower was destroyed by theAyyubid and Mamluk rulers. The present day structure was built around the Ottoman rule. The place is where archaeological objects were found that are over 2000 years old. The Citadel has a mosque inside and has a courtyard where the archeological ruins (around 2700 years ...Read more
  10. Jewish Quarter

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    Jewish Quarter
    The Jewish Quarter stretches along the Armenian wall, starting from the Zion Gate all the way to the Western Wall and is still the residential place for the Jewish population of the city. The place was established around 135 CE and its archeological findings includes a 2000 year-old illustration of the Temple Menorah. Highlights include: Burnt House Remnant of the Broad wall Pool built by the ...Read more
  11. Siloam Tunnel

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    Siloam Tunnel

    Archaeological Site , Tunnel

    The Siloam tunnel is also popularly known as Hezekiah's Tunnel and is basically a water tunnel that was carved in the ancient times under the City of David in Jerusalem. Visiting the tunnel would give you the chance to see the original walls of the City. Here, you would get an insight into the city’s history and the chance to admire the skills of the people in the Biblical times. At some ...Read more
  12. Temple Mount

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    Temple Mount

    Religious Site

    The Temple Mount is considered to be a Holy place for Jews and for Muslims. Parts of the temple date back to 1 BCE. The temple is where Prophet Mohammed is believed to take the journey from being a human being to God. For Jews, this place is important since this is where Abraham offered his son Isaac, as a sacrifice. The Golden dome was added in the 7th century and till today only Muslims can e...Read more
  13. Via Dolorosa

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    Via Dolorosa

    Historical Site

    Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) of the ‘Path of Sorrow’ was where Jesus walked through to the Crucifixion. Following the same path through the old part of Jerusalem is nothing short of an out of body experience. The whole route consists of 14 stations which start from the place where Jesus was condemned by Pilate and end to the ‘Calvary’ where he was crucified. The stati...Read more
  14. Mahane Yehuda Market

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    Mahane Yehuda Market

    Entertainment, Market

    Mahane Yehuda Market is fresh market by day and hustling-bustling night hub after dark. From Spices and Fruits to Nuts, Tahini, Teas and Cheese, to Jewelry and Clothes, the market literally has everything and more! If you think Jerusalem does not have a prominent night life, a visit here after dark to try some amazing food and drinks, will prove you wrong! The market is loved for its sheer ener...Read more
  15. St Anne's Church

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    St Anne's Church

    Church, Religious Site

    The Church of Saint Anne was built in early 12th century near the ruins of a Byzantine basilica. The church is built on what is believed to be Mother Mary’s childhood home and later where Jesus performed healing miracles for the people. The Church survived through Salah ad-Din's capture of Jerusalem and still remains in the Muslim Quarters of the city. Highlights include: Fantastic ...Read more

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    • Following are a few attractions to visit with kids in Jerusalem - Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, Israel Aquarium, Teddy Kollek Park, Jerusalem Bird Observatory, The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, The Bloc - Climbing Center, and The Kotel Tunnels. 

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