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3 Days in Jerusalem

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If you want to see an epicenter of three world religions, a destination oozing with history, and a city that’s as much a blend of old and new, sanctity and sin, unity and division as anywhere ever was, good luck finding a suitable alternative to Jerusalem!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Israel Museum

Speciality Museums

Mahane Yehuda Market

Flea & Street Markets

Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial

Libraries, Monuments & Statues, History Museums

Day 2

Mount of Olives

Historic Sites

Old City of Jerusalem

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods

Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil)

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tower of David Museum

History Museums

Church of St. James

Sacred & Religious Sites

Western Wall

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

Historic Sites, Antique Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Masada National Park

Historic Walking Areas, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dead Sea

Bodies of Water

Ein Gedi Spa

Spas

Chris O's City Tips

  • Crowds and queues can be expected during religious holidays (be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim). Check to see if your trip coincides with holidays you might not have known about.
  • There’s a lot to see and do but don’t try to cram in too much during your visit. Give yourself plenty of time to experience the most important sites.
  • It’s good advice for wherever you travel, but more so in Jerusalem than maybe anywhere else in the world: Be mindful and respectful of others’ cultural traditions and religious beliefs.
    Day 1
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    Israel Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Israel Museum houses one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen. Here you can admire the breathtaking Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the oldest remains of the original Hebrew Bible, and you will also find more recent art in the shape of Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Henry Moore. I enjoy spending at least half a day to explore this incredible place, do not miss it!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 10am to 5pm; Tuesday from 4pm to 9pm; Friday and holiday eves from 10am to 2pm; and Saturday and holidays from 10am to 5pm.
    • Finish off your visit in the Art Garden designed by Isamu Noguchi.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Museum, so much to see! 25/09/2016
    • Excellentl 25/09/2016
    • Israel Museum
    Address:
    Givat Ram
    Ruppin Rd.
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    972 2 6708811
    Other:
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    Mahane Yehuda Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    Nothing beats an afternoon spent strolling around this bustling and active food market. Treats I like the most during any Mahane Yehuda forage include the scrumptious and cheap falafel-stuffed pita from the super popular shop on the corner of Mahane Yehuda and Ha-Tut Streets; a very cheap shot of 'Royal Drink' (with cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne and more) from Uzi Eli, 'The Etrog Man' on Ha-Egoz Street; and picking up a bag of za’atar for cooking back home. There's also the treat of simply taking lots of photos as I amble alongside locals doing their shopping too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get cash to spend before entering the market.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overdose of flavours and smells 25/09/2016
    • Sights, smells, yum! 22/09/2016
    • Mahane Yehuda Market
    Address:
    Mahane Yehuda Street
    Jaffe Road and Kiach Street
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    972556646684
    Other:
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    Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial
    Libraries, Monuments & Statues, History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    At the top of Jerusalem's Har Hazikaron, you will find this extensive museum dedicated to the six million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem is also a working research and documentation center, dedicated to preserving the memory of both victims and survivors of the Holocaust. A must-see attraction, albeit a rather harrowing one; be sure to allow several hours to give this site and all its various exhibits the attention it warrants.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.
    • The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 8pm. All other sites close at 5pm.
    • Bring plenty of tissues with you; I kept my sunglasses on for most of my last visit.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AT YOUR OWN PACE 25/09/2016
    • Sobering but important 24/09/2016
    Address:
    Mount of Remembrance
    Mount Herzl
    Jerusalem 91034
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972-26443400
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    09:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    09:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Mount of Olives
    Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    In East Jerusalem, this holy site is associated with many of the most important moments in the life of Christ. It is also an amazing vantage point to admire the Old City.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Mount is perhaps best explored with a local guide. Sandemans New Jerusalem Day Tours comes highly recommended for its tour of this area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spiritual touch with beauty 25/09/2016
    • beautiful 25/09/2016
    • Mount of Olives
    Address:
    Mount of Olives Road
    East Jerusalem
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    0545741511
    Other:
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    Old City of Jerusalem
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    This is why you’re here, right? To experience the history and living connection to the past? I can’t think of a place with so many historic and significant cultural and religious sites, within such close proximity of one another, as Jerusalem’s Old City. It blew my mind the first time I visited Jerusalem! (In addition to making time to visit a few key attractions, you might find yourself coming back here again during your trip — as I did — just to take it all in!)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There's a build up of touristy shops in the busier areas of the Old City; for more authentic souvenirs, avoid these areas.
    • Hawkers are polite but assertive. Simply say "no" firmly to offers you aren't interested in.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting to look around but... 25/09/2016
    • Big on History 25/09/2016
    • Old City of Jerusalem
    Phone:
    0534524443
    Other:
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    Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil)
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    This gate is the main entrance through the walls to Jerusalem’s Old City, and is located near to the Tower of David, the Jewish and Armenian Quarters, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The gate makes a smart meeting place, and a good point of reference during your exploration of the area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Jaffa Gate is one of eight original passages into the Old City walls, and is the only one set at a right angle to its adjacent wall. Have your camera ready!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Main Entrace 25/09/2016
    • Visit to the Old city of Jerusalem 24/09/2016
    • Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil)
    Address:
    Jaffa Road
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    97226265333
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    Tower of David Museum
    History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Tower of David, aka the Jerusalem Citadel, is located near Jaffa Gate. A fascinating archaeological site in itself, the medieval tower is also home to an amazing museum which tells the story of this ancient city through an overwhelming collection of artifacts. Plus, its numerous modern and interactive features make it meaningful for visitors of all ages!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The “Night Spectacular” laser show is a kinda cheesy but nonetheless captivating way to learn about the history of Jerusalem, and its many eras and occupations. Just do it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • loved it 25/09/2016
    • Visited the museum one day and the light show another 24/09/2016
    Address:
    Jaffa Gate
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972-26265333
    Other:
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    Church of St. James
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    This 12th century Armenian cathedral is truly something to behold. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during a service, you will be amazed by the beautiful sounds as well as sights!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visitors are very much welcome as long as they keep in mind it is the holiest of sites for Armenians, and very much still a consecrated church.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    • HEART OF ARMENIAN QUARTER 13/08/2016
    • Humbling 25/02/2016
    • Church of St. James
    Address:
    Armenian Quarter
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Other:
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    Western Wall
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    The ancient remains of Jerusalem’s Second Temple is a place of prayer, sacred to people of the Jewish faith. The devotion and practice of faith and tradition here is a marvel to behold.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are not here for religious reasons, please be mindful of those who are.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You will feel touched 25/09/2016
    • Spiritual 25/09/2016
    • Western Wall
    Address:
    Western Wall Plaza
    Jewish Quarter
    Jerusalem 97500
    Israel
    Phone:
    972 2627 1333
    Other:
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    Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)
    Historic Sites, Antique Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    This steep, winding, and narrow route that the cross-bearing Jesus is said to have taken en route to his crucifixion, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, no matter what your personal religious convictions are.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The path becomes rather steep at times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be prepared for an unreceptive local arab population on the Way of the Cross 24/09/2016
    • You have to be alert to find it all! 17/09/2016
    • Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)
    Address:
    Via Dolorosa
    Old Town
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    0545673887
    Other:
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    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    This 4th century church marks the terminus of the Via Dolorosa and is perhaps the most important religious location in Christendom, and among the most visited places within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Expect crowds almost anytime you go — especially during Easter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 288 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Most awe-inspiring church I've ever been in.... 25/09/2016
    • Interesting church with so much history 24/09/2016
    • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Address:
    Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Road.
    Christian Quarter
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    02627-3314
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Masada National Park
    Historic Walking Areas, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    It is no surprise that Masada is the most popular attraction in Israel. Standing isolated and majestic in the Judaean Desert, this ancient fortification was King Herod the Great's last stronghold in the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 AD. Taking in the history of this ancient site is breathtaking and heartbreaking in equal measure.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When you go, I recommend doing so with a guide, as there’s just so much to discover.
    • It’s easy to incorporate a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea into one day trip, with plenty of time to have something to do in the evening back in town.
    • Enjoy the views of the Dead Sea from the top.
    • Take the cable car to the top of Masada or alternatively walk the 2km up the "snake path" (it is especially beautiful if you make it up there for the sunrise.)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Masada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Masada Sunrise 23/09/2016
    • Great tour and tour guide! 23/09/2016
    Phone:
    +972-86584207
    Other:
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    Dead Sea
    Bodies of Water
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    Chris O Says:

    This is the lowest place on earth (423 meters below sea level), and it is true what they say: You really can float when you are swimming in the Dead Sea! — This is due to its 33.7% salt concentration (over eight times saltier than the oceans).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you don’t get stuck in East Jerusalem traffic on your way out of town, the drive to the Dead Sea is a breeze.
    • It’s easy to incorporate a visit to the Dead Sea and Masada into a one-day trip, with enough time to enjoy your evening back in the city.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Dead Sea Region
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Would like more information 25/09/2016
    • Unique experience, be sure to lather on the mud! 24/09/2016
    • Dead Sea
    Phone:
    972-3-516-6699
    Other:
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    Ein Gedi Spa
    Spas
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    Chris O Says:

    I had a supremely relaxing time at the Ein Gedi Spa on the shores of the Dead Sea. Low key and with hardly any luxury trappings, it is a laidback place to while some time away, and enjoy a beautiful day at the Dead Sea. I personally loved getting caked in the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, drying off in the sun, and then doing it all over again.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The drive here is easy, as long as East Jerusalem traffic is on your side!
    • Combine a visit here with Masada National Park, for an unforgettable day trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Ein Gedi
    • A unique and memorable experience 23/08/2016
    • An unpleasant place but unmissable all the same 21/08/2016
    • Ein Gedi Spa
    Address:
    Ein Gedi
    Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Hotel
    Ein Gedi 8698000
    Israel
    Phone:
    927-8-6594230
    Other:
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