4.Mount of Olives
Mount of Olives is a hill in front of the old Jerusalem with important churches and stunning viewpoints over the old city. It’s effortless to reach the hill (but it depends on how much you’re trained on walking on uphills, for some people it could be really tough) you can exit the old city via the Lions Gate and begin to walk on the top.
When you arrive on the top of the Mount you can visit:
- The Church of all Nations (church of the Agony). Believed to be the place where Jesus prayed before his arrest. A very nice facade. Gethsemane gardens.
- The Russian Orthodox Church of Maria Magdalene.
- A big Jewish cemetery
- More churches and excellent panoramic views over the old city
- Tomb of Zechariah – Located down the hill
5. Ben Yehuda walking street
Ben Yehuda street is an area of Jerusalem for pedestrian only, where you can find a lot of shops and it’s famous for Jerusalem’s nightlife. Also if it isn’t in your program I’m sure you arrive there like me, and if it happens you can take a coffee break and relax before continuing your tour around the city.
6. Mamilla Mall
Mamilla mall is an open-air shopping center with modern shops, restaurants & cafés located near Jaffa’s gate. I haven’t been there because of time but it was in my schedule. If you’re interested in shopping, in Mamilla you can do it.
7. Mahane Yehuda Market
Mahane Yehuda Market is one of my favorite places in Jerusalem! It’s a market in the city center of Jerusalem where you can go shopping (there is all fruits, dry and fresh ones, species, chocolate, local products…) eat or drink something. There are plenty of bars and coffees where you can take fantastic tea with cinnamon. There is also a Mahane Yehuda Market guided tour for sweet tooth peoples.
8. Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial (Shoah Memorial)
Yad Vashem is a museum about the Holocaust, if you decide to visit it remember that you need a few hours to see it entirely, because there are also some exhibitions that take time.
The museum is very touching, it is quite unpleasant to visit, you already imagine why. Inside you can read recorded personal testimonies of survivors, see objects from that period, see the Jewish communities that existed in Europe before the Holocaust, the ghettos, concentration camps, death camps and forced labor camps… If you want more info visit the Yad Vashem website, the entrance to the museum is free.
9. Israel Museum
Israel Museum is the most important museum of Israel where you can find Human History of Israel, and Art, i.e. you’ll see huge collections, including full-scale models of synagogues, art from Asia, Africa and much more.
When you go out of the museum you have the Israeli parliament, Knesset.
You can visit inside the Knesset, for more info visit the website, and after that is it lovely the Rose Garden behind the building, if you have some time, stop there, it’s worth a visit.
10. Harmon Anatziv Promenade
The weather in Jerusalem is always good, if you like the landscape you must go to Harmon Anatziv Promenade. This place offers one of the best views over the city, if you will arrive around sundown the view is amazing.
Jerusalem is a unique city with huge energy where you can find what you want from history, to have fun. For more info you can read my article “14 Things That No One Knows About Israel”, it’s fascinating!
When you arrive in Israel remember that you have another currency from yours and if you want to know where to change money with a reasonable price read my article here!
I hope you’ll have a gorgeous trip! I hope to read you soon if you want to share your journey with me!