Jerusalem Ten Things not to Miss

The Essentials When Touring Jerusalem

Ten Things Not to Miss in Jerusalem

To make life easy we have complied some checklists of the things that you shouldn't miss out on in any trip to Jerusalem.  We have split our lists into different topics so that you can choose what interests you.

Jerusalem is not a large city, but it is incredibly diverse with the different periods, religions and cultures.  Although it is not a large city it has big city traffic issues so if you are pressed for time it makes sense to plan your time carefully and rely on a combination of buses and taxis. of course the best way to see Jerusalem is on foot - sunglasses, water, hat, long sleeves (for religious sites) and a camera and go explore.

Don't Miss in the New City of Jerusalem


Here are some recommendations of must visit places in Jerusalem's New City.


Three Views of Jerusalem

To understand Jerusalem you should try and see it from the three important viewpoints –  The Tayelet, Montefiore's Windmill & Viewpoint &  if possible from Mount Scopus by the Hebrew University at the Tabachnik Park or better still from the Mount of Olives. Also stroll towards the other side of the mountain and enjoy the contrast of more than 3000 years of urban development with the raw desert. On a clear day you can see the Dead Sea in the distance. See Jonathan's Jerusalem Skylines

Yemin Moshe & Mishkenot Shananim (Windmill)

There were the first neighbourhoods built outside the Old City in the second half the 19th century. Now an artists colony and exclusive neighbourhood – so exclusive that there is an endless stream of tourists passing their front doors! Walk towards the French Consulate and explore the look out points in the park and along Paul Botta Street.


Don't Miss in the Jewish Quarter


David's CitadelHere are our recommendations for some of the essential things to see and do in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City.


It is great to wander an absorb the unique atmosphere. Friday evening is a very special time in the Jewish Quarter as everybody gets ready for the Sabbath and many people come to pray in the synagogues and at the Kotel. For further views - see The Jewish Quarter Album 


Tower of David – An amazing museum set in the restored citadel. Highly recommended sound and light experience. See - Tower of David Museum


Old City Ramparts Walk – By far one of the highlights of the Old City – fun, history and views. See Old City Wall Tour 


Old City Souk – A classic market. The sounds and smells of an old Arab market, take in the atmosphere and don't forget to bargain hard. Not strictly speaking in the Jewish Quarter but ajacent to the Jewish Quarter.


Children - Don't Miss in Jerusalem


Tiger - Jerusalem Biblical ZooCheck out our list of essential children's sites at Children's Jerusalem Must Do Sites – you get the "tourist" points for having been there but they are all fun.


Here are some more ideas of keeping children busy in Jerusalem. This is a mixture of good tourism and things that children enjoy anywhere in the world.

Jerusalem Science Museum

Asimply amazing place – lots of hands on and you can get by without Hebrew. Great on a hot day with amazing air conditioning. Can be mobbed during the chagim. Science Museum site


Unwinding in Jerusalem


Here are some ideas for things to help you Relax in Jerusalem (in no particular order)


Have a coffee (or a meal) on Emek Refaim

Stroll down the main street,  Emek Refaim Jerusalemchoose your cafe and then go for a wander through some of the streets of the German Colony or Bakaa.  See Hanging Out in Emek Refaim


Jerusalem of Gold

Catch the sunset from the Israel Museum as the golden rays shine on the buildings of Rehavia turning them into pure gold.



Don't Miss Near Jerusalem


Here are things that you shouldn't miss in the Jerusalem area. For almost all of them you need a car or a taxi.

Armoured Car - War of Independence on the road to JerusalemMany of them fit together very well for a long half day. Start in Ein Kerem, Visit Sataf and then take the Nes Harim road to the stalactite cave or Kift Zuba. You can complete the loop via Bet Shemesh – Shaar HaGai and then get to Abu Gosh & Shoresh via the main Tel Aviv Jerusalem road. Look out for the remains of the armoured cars that tried to break the seige of Jerusalem in 1948.

If you have more time you can catch the Armoured Corps Museum and Mini Israel.


Ein Karem

Ein Karem is a beautiful village just a few minutes from Jerusalem; packed with ambiance, churches and cafes.

See  Ein Kerem Village



Sataf is located on one of the hills just beyond Hadassah Hospital and Ein Kerem village.

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