Welcome to Jerusalem
There is truly no place like Jerusalem anywhere else on this planet. A city that contains so many religious and sacred buildings that it is regarded as holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, it has much to attract the visitor of any religion or none. Human history is tied to this place like no other, and it is little wonder that it has been drawing visitors for centuries. A feast for all the senses, it is hard to take it all in, so give yourself enough time to explore everything that Jerusalem has to offer.
The Long History of a Holy City
The first destination for many visitors is the Old City of Jerusalem, accessed via iconic entry points such as the Jaffa Gate or the Damascus Gate. The Old City is a repository for buildings of religious significance, including the Dome of the Rock, the Tower of David, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Temple Mount is venerated as a holy site for Jews, Muslims and Christians, revered as the Noble Sanctuary, the third holiest site in all of Islam, while the Western Wall is the holiest place Jews are permitted to pray.
Elsewhere in the Old City, you will find the bustling Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters and countless places of historical importance. The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is a good place to start.
Cultural Highlights of Jerusalem
On the modern streets of West Jerusalem, you will find numerous cultural highlights, including the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Food lovers should take time to explore the Mahane Yehuda Market as well as the many fine restaurants, bars and clubs that give Jerusalem a justified reputation for after-hours fun and games.
East Jerusalem is also a popular destination for visitors, who come to explore the Mount of Olives, the Rockefeller Museum and the Garden Tomb. This is also a great area to sample some of the local and regional cuisine.
No visit to Jerusalem should miss the sombre memorial of Yad Vashem, dedicated to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The centrepiece of the memorial site is the powerfully moving Holocaust History Museum as well as the Hall of Names, dedicated to the victims known and unknown.
Find Your Perfect Place to Stay in Jerusalem
There is a range of hotels in Jerusalem to suit every taste and budget, whether you decide to stay in West Jerusalem, East Jerusalem or in the Old City, from business hotels for those in town to get work done to romantic hotels for couples looking for that special getaway. Check out the spa hotels if you want a little pampering, family-friendly hotels if you are bringing the little ones, or perhaps one of Jerusalem’s historic hotels, as befitting a city with such a long and fascinating story to tell.