There are literally hundreds of great things to do in Jerusalem, but there are some things you must do when you are in the city. The best things to do in Jerusalem are activities that should be included on almost every itinerary. We offer sights and activities that will interest travelers from all backgrounds and corners of the world.
Visit the Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is hard to ignore! It might not be big at 1 square kilometer in size, but it contains a lot. Within those walls are some of the most important religious sites in the world. It also has some of the most intense history and politics, beautiful coexistence, and undoubtedly wondrous surprises.
Depending on religious background, you will experience the Old City in very different ways. For Jews, the Kotel or Western Wall, is the holiest place in the world as the last remaining Temple wall. If you’re Christian, there is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the place where Jesus is buried. For Muslims, there is the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Dome of the Rock. As well as religious sites, the Old City is full of markets, alleyways, museums, and diverse people to observe. You can see them all in our highlights of the Old City tour if you’re pressed for time or don’t want to miss anything!
The Israel Museum is Israel’s flagship museum of art, archaeology, and history. The highlight is the Dead Sea scrolls, sitting in the beautiful Shrine of the Book. The rest of the museum has been extensively refurbished. It contains an incredible collection of pieces that chronicle the history of Israel, Jerusalem, and Jewish people through the ages. It is a fascinating museum well worth your time.
Machane Yehuda Market
In the modern city of Jerusalem (west of the Old City) lies the Machane Yehuda Market, an authentic Middle Eastern market, or souk, filled with small stores selling almost every imaginable product, from every conceivable corner of the world. A myriad of sensual experiences awaits you when exploring Machane Yehuda, with contrasting smells filling the air, and the sounds, sights. If you’re lucky enough, tastes make Machane Yehuda a highlight of Jerusalem for many and for sure one of the best markets in Jerusalem. The Machane Yehuda Market Tour is the best way to explore all of the delicacies that the market has to offer. You’ll discover a plethora of new spices and local foods on this tour. Looking to take your cooking skills to the next level while getting to know this culinary hub of Jerusalem? Join the Machane Yehuda Market Tour & Cooking Workshop.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s national Holocaust Memorial, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is an important place to visit in Jerusalem. At Yad Vashem image and architecture are as important as the words telling the story. The incredible museum offers many different ways to interact with the story of the Holocaust. It doesn’t just tell the story of the tragedy, but also has a remarkable atmosphere that affects most visitors. The site in the lush Jerusalem Forest on Mount Hertzl offers a place for contemplation after visiting the museum. If you’d like to pair this important site with some of Jerusalem’s most fascinating history, we offer a tour of Yad Vashem and the Old City.
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Set on the outskirts of Jerusalem, nestled in the beautiful hills upon which the city is set, is the amazing Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. In addition, this zoo is not only a great place for kids but visitors of all ages. Its beauty and focus on animals from the Bible make it a great escape from downtown Jerusalem. While visiting a zoo might not be something you expect to do in Jerusalem, you will not be disappointed.
Other places to visit in Jerusalem
This article only touches on a few of the best places to visit and things to do in Jerusalem, a city full of incredible culture and history, religion, and adventure. There are many ways to explore the city, many like to see it on their own, at their own pace, and others will love our Jerusalem Day Tour. We also offer a wonderful private tour of Jerusalem with your own guide to take you wherever you want to go, making for a special and intimate way to experience the City of Gold.