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JerusalemIsrael

One of the world’s most important pilgrimage sites has special meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians, with numerous well-known religious locations.  

Travel to Jerusalem to view religious sites that have existed for millennia and experience modern uniquely Middle Eastern customs and events. The city has charming neighborhoods, shopping, arts and entertainment in addition to famous historic and religious locations.

The first stops in Jerusalem are usually in the Old City, with its numerous structures of religious significance. Head to Temple Mount, one of the world’s holiest places for Muslims, to find the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock is a holy shrine for both Islamic and Judaic faiths. Nearby, see the Western Wall, which draws millions of pilgrims of Jewish and other faiths for profound prayer. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has important meaning for Christians as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

After viewing the holy sites, wander through the bazaars and see beautiful tapestries, jewelry and other gift items. Just beyond the Old City, Jerusalem’s modern development becomes evident, with shopping centers and cultural sites. Mamilla Mall offers upscale shopping in a modern open-air complex incorporating historic buildings in its architecture. The City Center’s famous shopping spots include the Machane Yehuda Market and Yafo Street.

Jerusalem’s southern neighborhoods are particularly popular with families. Visit the Biblical Zoo, Gazelle Valley Park, Teddy Stadium for athletic events and Jerusalem Pais Arena for sports and music concerts. On the western side, hike in the Jerusalem Hills. Stop at the Museum District to tour the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum and Science Museum.

Dine on varied fare at Jerusalem’s restaurants, including kosher, seafood, Middle Eastern, Italian, Latin American and many other cuisines. Nightlife choices might surprise you. Mingle with locals and international visitors enjoying live music, bars, dance clubs and even escape room adventures.

Fly to Ben Gurion Airport, about a 45-minute drive northwest of Jerusalem. While you can get around on your own easily in the Old City, consider guided tours to get a full appreciation of the region’s historic and cultural significance.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(682 area reviews)

Unique features of Jerusalem City Centre include the historic sites and museums. Make a stop by Ben Yehuda Street or Downtown Triangle while you're exploring the area.

Jerusalem City Centre
Old City which includes markets, food and street scenes

Old City

4.5/5Wonderful!(60 area reviews)

Unique features of Old City include the historic sites and shopping. Make a stop by Western Wall or Al-Aqsa Mosque while you're exploring the area.

Old City
Jerusalem is pretty much one color lol 12/30/2011

Mamilla

4.5/5Wonderful!(127 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Mamilla, Jerusalem Theater and L.A. Meyer Institute for Islamic Art are top sights worth seeing.

Mamilla
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Nachlaot

While visiting Nachlaot, you might make a stop by sights like Machane Yehuda Market and Ben Yehuda Street.

Nachlaot
I wish I could remember what neighborhood in Jerusalem this was but here is Jerusalem at night in one of the neighborhoods. 12/29/2011

Katamon

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While Katamon isn't home to many top sights, Israel Museum and Western Wall are some notable places to visit nearby.

Katamon
Entry courtyard at the Knesset. Jerusalem, Israel. #LifeAtExpedia

Kiryat HaLeom

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

While visiting Kiryat HaLeom, you might make a stop by sights like Knesset and Supreme Court of Israel.

Kiryat HaLeom

Top Hotels in Jerusalem

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
3 Emek Refaim St, Jerusalem
$426
per night
May 1 - May 2

Located in Emek Refaim, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Andrew's Church, Jaffa Gate, and Mount Zion. Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Ben Yehuda ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"Great location!! Great concierge (Roy)!! Great Cafe!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
5 out of 5
11 King Solomon St., Jerusalem

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Mamilla Mall, Jaffa Gate, and Ben Yehuda Street. Western ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (492 reviews)

"way too expensive!!! Very good hotel but low return on your $$$$$"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World
The Inbal Jerusalem
The Inbal Jerusalem
5 out of 5
Liberty Bell Park, 3, Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Montefiore Windmill, Jaffa Gate, and Mount Zion. Western ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (341 reviews)

"Th rooms where clean, the stuff was very welcoming and the location is perfect."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

The Inbal Jerusalem

Popular things to do in Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

4/5(166 reviews)

Part of the sacred Temple Mount site, this lead-domed structure is a fully functioning mosque. It is among the holiest sites in the Islamic world. 

Western Wall
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Western Wall

4.5/5(683 reviews)

This 2,000-year-old structure is one of the world’s holiest sites, where hundreds of praying worshippers make for a stirring sight.

Jaffa Gate
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Jaffa Gate

4.5/5(439 reviews)

Learn about the history of Jaffa Gate, one of the top monuments in Jerusalem. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally-rich area.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

4.5/5(323 reviews)

This famous church stands at the site where, according to Christian belief, Jesus was killed, buried and later raised from the dead.  

Mount Zion
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Mount Zion

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Immerse yourself in history and culture at the summit of this beautiful hill, which is a place of great religious importance. 

Israel Museum
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Israel Museum

4.5/5(275 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at this large museum, which hosts valuable art collections as well as precious historical artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Top activities in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Old & New Cities Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Jerusalem Old & New Cities Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

82% of travellers recommend
$96
Per adult
Dead Sea & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Dead Sea & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

94% of travellers recommend
$142
Per adult
Holy City Half-Day Tour
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Holy City Half-Day Tour

78% of travellers recommend
$39
Per adult
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

88% of travellers recommend
$62
Per adult
Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Tour from Jerusalem
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Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Tour from Jerusalem

$106
Per adult
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Tour from Jerusalem
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Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Tour from Jerusalem

$106
Per adult

Reviews of Jerusalem

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
685
5 - Excellent 79.1907514450867%
4 - Good
145
4 - Good 16.76300578034682%
3 - Okay
27
3 - Okay 3.121387283236994%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.5780346820809249%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3468208092485549%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Such a holy special place - not to be missed. . . .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Awesome expedience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

If anyone have time and money must see Jerusalem. Its a one kind of place. Peoples are super friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

Very little to do during the Sabbath

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Loved the city! So many historical sites to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

Every step in this amazing city is full of history. Indescribable experience . Must be on a bucket list for everyone.

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