Once you have decided to make Israel the destination for your next big trip abroad, you will most definitely want to include Jerusalem in your memorable itinerary. The Holy City has a lot to explore and so many landmarks and sights that you must experience. So after you’ve woken up and had your buffet breakfast, enjoy the day soaking up the Holy City’s landmarks.
The Temple Mount is home to the Dome of the Rock mosque and at the foot of it, the Wailing Wall (otherwise known as the Western Wall), which is the last remaining wall of the ancient Jewish Temple. Spend a couple of hours at the top where you can see Muslim worshippers entering and exiting the mosque, and then head down to the Wailing Wall. Take in the tunnel tours where you can feel history coming alive with a virtual reality journey of Jewish history in Jerusalem. If you can afford it, it’s recommended to stay at one of the special Jerusalem hotels in the area.
Bridge of Strings
After you have spent time in the Old City, head over to the entrance of the modern city of Jerusalem and watch the light show on the Bridge of Strings. The bridge is modeled after David’s harp from the Bible. In the evenings, an AV specialist sets the patterns and lights for the show.
This Jerusalem museum’s campus contains several landmarks that are worth visiting. Its exhibit of a 12th synagogue replica and an Egyptian tomb alone would make it a worthwhile stop, but the museum’s site is also home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, which is a building shaped like a white dome. The “Ahava” monument, which means “love,” is also a well-known Jerusalem landmark found within the gates of the museum.
The Jerusalem Shuk (Marketplace)
The Jerusalem Shuk, also known as Machane Yehuda (lit. Judah’s Camp), is a bustling marketplace filled with fresh produce, inexpensive clothing, and innovative restaurants. The market’s vendors are open during the day, as you can tell by the Middle Eastern-style shouting of prices. But at night, when the gates are pulled down, take in the graffiti portraits of celebrities and the restaurants and bars offering a romantic evening out.
The First Station
The Jerusalem train station was first built in the end of the 19th Century and offered traders and travellers a new mode of transportation to and from Jaffa. With the station’s move to Malcha industrial area, the station sat empty until 2013, when it opened to the public, boasting modern, high-end restaurants and shops, and offering different events and shows every day. This landmark beautifully showcases Jerusalem’s juxtaposition of the old and the new.
Ben Yehuda and Jaffa Street
No trip to Jerusalem is complete without visiting Ben Yehuda and Jaffa Street. These perpendicular pedestrian mall streets are where the nightlife is to be found in the modern city of Jerusalem. Bars and restaurants abound and so do street performances. While walking on Jaffa Road though, stay alert and watch out for oncoming light rail trains.