The Kotel Tunnels are without a doubt one of the most incredible places in Jerusalem. Simply amazing excavations that allow you to walk along the length of the Western Wall (Kotel), peer down into previous historical times and stand opposite the Holy of Holies of the Temple (bring a prayer with you.)
About the Kotel Tunnel Tour
The Kotel Tunnel walk is simultaneously incredibly spiritual and fascinating for its historical perspective.
The Kotel Tunnel tour starts off with an explanation of the topology of Temple Mount, passes through some prayer areas and includes a short film on ancient construction in the Kotel context. There is a high tech model that whines, groans and shows how the area developed over the generations. In several places you walk over plate glass that give insights into even lower levels of history. Check out where ancient artisans went on strike when the patron died! You can see a stone that is so large and weighs so much that nobody is really sure how they managed to get it there.
The tour finishes by an ancient underground water cistern and then you double back on yourself towards the entrance.
Photography is tough in the lighting conditions, but the results can be very rewarding.
The passageway is narrow and it can be quite a tough walk for the infirm and absolutely no strollers are allowed.
Booking the Kotel Tunnel Tour
Due to the physical limitations this is not a site that you can just show up at – you must book the Kotel Tunnel tour in advance (and during peak seasons then do it as soon as you know what dates you will be in Jerusalem.)
Getting to the Kotel Tunnels
On the elevated platform to the left of the Kotel Plaza (when facing the Kotel itself.)
In the area of the Kotel Tunnels
You are at the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem and all the sites are within walking distance. Our advice is to book the tour and then plan the rest of the day around the slot that you get.