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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

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The David Citadel Hotel
The David Citadel Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is P17,232 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Mamilla Cemetery and Pool and Mamilla Mall. Tower of David Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (301 reviews)

"הכל היה מושלם, נקי מסודר ואין צפיפות לא בחדר האוכל ולא בבריכה"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

The David Citadel Hotel
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
The price is P9,506 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec

Located in Emek Refaim, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Andrew's Church, King David's Tomb and Jerusalem Great Synagogue. Jaffa Gate and Mamilla ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (311 reviews)

"Perfect! Would come again! The only problem was the lack of free parking. The hotel as no free parking lot, only with payment."…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Prima Park Hotel
Prima Park Hotel
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Located in Kiryat HaLeom, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Israel Museum and Ben Yehuda Street. Machane Yehuda Market and Jerusalem ...

3.4/5Good! (320 reviews)

"Arrived. Day after Valentine’s Day and received a heart shaped cake and a bottle of wine unexpectedly in the day. It was a nice touch"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Prima Park Hotel
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Avital Hotel
Avital Hotel
The price is P6,940 per night from 27 Dec to 28 Dec

Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Machane Yehuda Market and Ben Yehuda Street. Jerusalem Great Synagogue and Mamilla ...

4.3/5Excellent! (14 reviews)

"Overall my stay was good"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

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New - Trendy One Bedroom Apt, Most Popular Area
New - Trendy One Bedroom Apt, Most Popular Area

Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Zion Square and Ben Yehuda Street. Jerusalem Great Synagogue and Machane Yehuda ...

New - Trendy One Bedroom Apt, Most Popular Area
Magical Penthouse Center Jerusalem
Magical Penthouse Center Jerusalem

Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street and Machane Yehuda Market. Jerusalem Great Synagogue ...

Magical Penthouse Center Jerusalem
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