Here 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.
Kotel View point – From the Kotel take the steps on the right (direct behind the men’s section.) Work your way to the left and just drink in the unique view. Very compelling towards evening especially on a Friday night. See The Kotel – Wailing/Western Wall
Kotel Tunnels – Incredible excavations that run by the Western Wall. You must book in advance (like before you book your airline tickets!!) See Kotel Tunnels
Davidson Centre – Located by Dung Gate (to the left of the Kotel) – incredible archaeological site spread out between the Old City walls and the southern wall of the Temple Mount. You can climb the same steps that the pilgrims used thousands of years ago. An extremely absorbing and impressive experience, see Davidson Center
City of David – Strictly speaking outside the current Ottoman walls, but logically the central feature. Visit David’s capital city and explore the water system (Hezekiah’s Tunnel.) See City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel
Old City Roof Top Walk – A slightly less well known, but very highly recommended view of Jerusalem. See Roof Top Walk
Cardo – This is the main east-west road from Roman times. It has been excavated and restored – partially open air and partially covered. Sometimes, converted into a hands on living museum. Check out the model of the Temple Candelabra.
Wander around the Jewish Quarter – The Old City is one of those places where you never tire of just wandering (but, you will get extremely tired!!) – explore the alleys and paths; look for all the special places and sites.
Jewish Quarter Main Square – The main square of the Jewish Quarter seems to be where all the alleys lead towards, full of atmosphere, always bustling and a god place to sit down, get refreshments and admire the Hurva.
Hurva – The old synagogue for so long a symbol of a previously divided Jerusalem is restored. This is a definite must do – simply because it is so difficult to gain admittance. See The Hurva
Four Synagogues – A small complex with four unique synagogues and four unique stories to match.
For further views – see The Jewish Quarter Album
See our Guide to the Jewish Quarter