Jerusalem

Travel Guide
Mount of Olives which includes a city, a sunset and landscape views

Jerusalem is one of the world’s truly great cities. For thousands of years, people have been visiting this meeting point of civilisations and religions, and it remains one of the most fascinating travel destinations into the 21st century. It is safe to say that human history is tied to Jerusalem like no other place on Earth, so take the time to discover and explore as much of the city as possible during your holiday in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s Three-Thousand Years of HistoryThe starting point for many on holiday in Jerusalem is the Old City, surrounded by walls and accessed by gates – the Jaffa Gate, the Damascus Gate – that have become famous landmarks in their own right. From the Jaffa Gate, you can climb up on the ancient walls for the fascinating views from the Ramparts Walk, before heading back down to explore the sights, sounds and smells and the city below. The Old City is divided into four quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian – and they are all worth exploring in their own right.

The Old City of Jerusalem is where you will find many of the buildings of historical and religious significance. After all, Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The Temple Mount is the third holiest place in Islam, with its Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the holiest place Jews may pray is the Western Wall. For Christians of all dominations, one of the most important places of pilgrimage is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the spot where Christ was crucified.

Culture in JerusalemDuring your Jerusalem getaway, make time to visit the many excellent museums in Jerusalem. In the Old City, the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem tells the story of the city, while in West Jerusalem, the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum are both close to the Botanical Gardens and the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. In East Jerusalem, head to the Rockefeller Museum to see room after room of fascinating archaeological artefacts.

One place that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Memorial to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in Europe. Beyond the history museum, there is also a children’s exhibition, a garden of remembrance and the sombre Hall of Names, dedicated to the victims known and unknown.

Food and Drink in JerusalemFor more relaxed parts of your holiday, Jerusalem has plenty going for it in the evening and after dark. Jerusalem city centre is where you’ll find much of the shopping and entertainment in the city. The Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood in particular is well-known for its upscale boutiques and high-end restaurants. The area around the Mahane Yehuda Market is packed with excellent bars and restaurants, and Talpiot in the south is home to many of Jerusalem’s best clubs. Increasingly, holiday makers head for East Jerusalem to sample regional cuisine and the famous Jerusalem hospitality.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
Shamai 25, Jerusalem
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 11 Dec to 11 Dec
Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street, Jaffa Gate and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Al-Aqsa Mosque ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (412 reviews)
"Parking is very uncomfortable"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2021

Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
The David Citadel Jerusalem
The David Citadel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
7 King David St, Jerusalem
The price is £371 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Mamilla Mall and Tower of David Museum of the History ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (329 reviews)
"The best place ever and I am a bit fussy! Gorgeous room, wonderful staff, awesome location. worth every penny! Amazing!"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2021

The David Citadel Jerusalem
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
3 Emek Refaim St, Jerusalem
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £169 per night from 11 Dec to 11 Dec
Located in Emek Refaim, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jaffa Gate and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Al-Aqsa Mosque ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (350 reviews)
"overall a good hotel. Didnt get any VIP benefits."

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shamai Suites
Shamai Suites
Ben Hillel 15, Jerusalem
The price is £75 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street and Jaffa Gate. Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (366 reviews)
Great stay
"Location was ideal for being in the heart of activity. Right off the pedestrian mall. The room was comfortable with great air conditioning, great natural light, and a strong shower. Room cleaning and towel change was a bit sporadic but the on-site employee will respond quickly to anything you need. ..."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021

Shamai Suites
Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
Located in the centre of Jerusalem, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Karaite Synagogue, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Western Wall. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Really nice and understanding
"The property owners are really nice and great people!"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
Luxury apartment in the heart of the German colony
Luxury apartment in the heart of the German colony
This family-friendly apartment building is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of The First Station and Jaffa Gate. Al-Aqsa Mosque and Ben Yehuda ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"We absolutely loved our stay! Naomi was a great host, fantastic communication. The apartment is right on the main Emek Rafaim road, close to everything. The space inside was perfect for our family as well as having enough space for guests to come over for meals. It was clean, large, and there really ..."

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2021

Luxury apartment in the heart of the German colony
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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