Things to do in Jerusalem
If you plan to visit Israel and, among other cities to come to Jerusalem, it is better to determine what you want to see in this city in advance.
The whole point is that to determine a set list of must-see places in Jerusalem is a rather difficult task since in this case much depends on your religion as well as on trip purposes.
For example, if you are a Christian and wish to make a pilgrimage tour, then places like the Kotel and Yad Vashem will be of less interest for you; and if you are Jewish, evidently such attractions as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Garden of Gethsemane are not significant for you.
This way or another, we will choose the best options for your trip to Jerusalem so that you could see all its aspects - religion, history, sites of universal significance.
Mount Herzl (Har HaZikaron)
Here one will find the famous memorial museum Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum) and Israel national cemetery where famous military and eminent personalities of the country are buried. The place possesses a special atmosphere, which will undoubtedly influence your whole perception of Jerusalem.
Garden of Gethsemane
You will see eight ancient olive trees here, whose age, according to specific estimates counts more than 2,000 years. Additionally, several Christian churches are located here: the Church of All Nations, the Tomb of the Virgin, the Russian Orthodox Church, Mary Magdalene Church, Grotto of Gethsemane. Garden of Gethsemane is revered as a place where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.
One of the wonders of early engineering. This unique tunnel was made in the rock under Jewish King Hezekiah (Hezekiah) 2700 years ago. It was discovered in 1838 and serves as the aqueduct until today taking the water from Gion spring to Siloam pond in Eastern Jerusalem.
the Tower of David
The museum is located in the old fortress. The exhibition reveals all the stages of development of the city since the events which took place 4000 years ago. Includes models, illustrations, interactive multimedia exhibits. Offers excellent views of the Old City as well as the new part of Jerusalem.
the Old City
Why to visit: It is the heart of Jerusalem and its most ancient part. The main shrines of the there religions are located here: for Jews these are the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, for Christians - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and for Muslims - the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Old City of Jerusalem is worth visiting even if you are an inveterate atheist. It is particularly interesting to wander through the colorful quarters of the Old City: Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian.
The Biblical Zoo
The Zoo is situated in a picturesque valley in the south-west of Jerusalem and covers an area of 25 hectares. The zoo features more than 200 different species of animals living in Israel or facing the threat of extinction.
It is one of the world's leading museums of archeology and art, where more than 500 thousand exhibits can be found. The layout of the Second Temple of Jerusalem is a particularly interesting exhibit – it restores the topography and architectural character of the city as it was in 66 AD. Art Garden may also become a place of interest.
Machane Yehuda market
Here you will feel the rhythm of life of the local population at the fullest extent. Over 250 traders offer fresh fruits and vegetables,bakery products, fish, meat, cheeses, nuts, seeds and spices, wines and liquors, clothing and footwear, utensils, textiles and Judaica pieces. It is recommended to visit the market on Thursdays and Fridays, when the market is abuzz with buyers, who get ready for Shabbat.