Between the tens of thousands of things to do in Israel, we focus now only on Jerusalem and it’s hundreds of interesting things to see and visit in that city.
We generated a list of sights in and around Jerusalem to see and visit for everyone, which is sorted on popularity at the moment. What we’ve not included at the specific, unknown or new sights of Jerusalem, like the cave city underneath Jerusalem, like the latest finds in the archeology of King Solomon, etc. Also this list contains only one type of interesting sights, but we ignored the culinary experiences, the cuisines of many cultures for you to taste and experiment on, the cultural aspect of Jerusalem, it’s many more interesting and unique museums, etc.
We advice you to buy a guide book about Israel and specifically about Jerusalem, so that you can visit the sights and sounds of Jerusalem and have some background information. If you don’t want, consider a day tour with us or another quality supplier for day tours.
The Old city of Jerusalem – There is a magical quality about the Old City of Jerusalem that does not exist anywhere else in the world. Perhaps it is due to the glorious history of the towering stone walls and ancient buildings, or the sacred atmosphere that surrounds the holy sites of Jewish, Christian, and Moslem religions.
- Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum – Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance and education center is situated on the green slopes of Har HaZikaron, (the Mount of Remembrance) in Jerusalem.
Western Wall – The Western Wall was part of the most magnificent building Jerusalem had ever seen. It was one of four walls Herod the Great built to support the 1,555,000-square-foot plaza on which the Temple stood.
- Israel Museum – The Israel Museum, the country’s largest, has just completed a major renewal, the better to show off the marvels of its Art Wing, Shrine of the Book exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Youth Wing, Archeology, Judaica and Jewish Ethnography.
- Western Wall tunnels – The tunnels are those that have been created by numerous arches side-by-side supporting staircases going from the city to the Temple Mount.
- Hezekiah’s Tunnels – the 1,500-foot-long-tunnel created by King Hezekiah in 701 BCE to protect Jerusalem’s water source, the Gihon Spring, from the invading Assyrians (2 Chron. 32:2-4).
- Mount of Olives – Located east of Jerusalem’s Old City and separating it from the Judean Desert, the Mount of Olives is one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Here, where Orthodox and Catholic Christians mark the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, Christians of other denominations can explore the world of what scholars call the “historic churches.”
- Garden Tomb – The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem which was unearthed in 1867 and has subsequently been considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus.
- Garden of Gethsemane – Visitors to of the Garden of Gethsemane are amazed when they learn that the gnarled olive trees they see could have been young saplings when Jesus came here with the disciples on that fateful night after the Last Supper (Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:32; John 18:1). Today the ancient trees rise from manicured flower beds; in Jesus’ time this would have been an olive grove where an olive-oil press – Gethsemane in Greek – was located.
- Tower of David Museum – The Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem is one site that no visitor should miss. This amazing museum offers you the opportunity to experience captivating exhibits that will deepen your understanding of the Holy City. But, even more, its very stones are part of this city’s living history.
Jewish Quarter – Every step you take in the Jewish Quarter brings you closer to discovering tangible remains of a dramatic chapter in Jewish history, especially of the period of its greatest grandeur: the time of the Second Temple.
This period is richly commemorated at the Burnt House and the Herodian Mansions.
- Mahane Yehuda Market – In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, the largest open market in Israel was built in 1928, between Mahane Yehuda and Etz Haim Streets. Here you can find everything from housewares to clothes, but mainly fresh food of every sort: fruits and vegetables, fish and poultry, bread and baked goods, inexpensive restaurants to suit every palate.
- Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) – The park includes a wildlife savannah with free-roaming animals and a visitor’s train that provides transportation throughout the park with several stations along the route – excepting Saturdays and holidays.
The City Of David Visitors Center – The City of David is the birthplace of the city of Jerusalem, the place where King David established his kingdom, and where the history of the People of Israel was written.
- Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park – Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park is a national park in central Israel, 13 kilometers from Kiryat Gat, encompassing the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah
Church of Saint Anne – St. Anne’s church was built by crusaders on a plot adjacent to that of the Byzantine church destroyed by Hakim (which had a small chapel built over it). Not long afterwards Salah id-Din took over the city, and in 1192 the church was turned into an Islamic school (there is still the opening inscription above the door). In subsequent years the church fell into disuse but miraculously was never destroyed because it made a handy rubbish dump.
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) – The impressive Church of All Nations, built in the 1920s over earlier churches, relates the events of this place in brilliantly detailed floor-to ceiling mosaics: Jesus praying alone (Mark 14:35-36); Judas’ betrayal of Jesus (Matt. 26:48); the cutting off of the ear of the High Priest’s servant (Mark 14:47).
- Mount Herzl National Cemetery – The State of Israel’s national cemetery was named after the state visionary, whose remains were moved to Mt. Herzl in 1949. Also buried here are all the state presidents, prime ministers and chairs of the Knesset, with exceptions such as Ben-Gurion, Begin, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and Chaim Weizmann.
- Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu – Site of a Church since at least the 6th century, this spot is believed to be the location of Caiaphas’ house, the setting for Peter’s denial of his connection with Jesus on the night of his trial and the shedding of his self-recriminatory tears.
Christ’s Tomb – Tomb of Jesus.The tomb of Jesus may refer to any place where it is believed that Jesus was entombed. Places that have been proposed as the location of such a tomb include:Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) – The Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha, means “way of sorrows.” The beautiful hymn that begins “On a hill far away…” has led many to picture this last road as a pastoral, quiet scene, a path wending its way, perhaps among old olive trees, up a mountain to where crosses stand starkly against the sky.
- Herodion National Park – Herodium or Herodion is a truncated cone-shaped hill, located 12 kilometres south of Jerusalem and 5 kilometres southeast of Bethlehem, in the Judaean Desert, West Bank.
- Ein Kerem – In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighborhoods – Ein Kerem. Like an island in a sea of green forest in southwest Jerusalem, Ein Kerem has charming stone houses adorned with arches, churches whose bells chime in the clear air and lovely paths paved with stone.
- Christian Quarter – In the 19th century, European countries sought to expand their influence in Jerusalemand began constructing several structures in the Christian quarter.
- The Cardo – The cardo was the main north–south-oriented street in Ancient Roman cities, military camps, and coloniae.
Soreq Cave – Avshalom Cave, also known as Soreq Cave or Stalactites Cave, is a 5,000 m² cave on the western side of Mt.Ye’ela, in the Judean hills, in Israel, unique for its dense concentration of stalactites.
- Bible Lands Museum – The Bible Lands Museum is an archaeological museum in Jerusalem, Israel, that explores the culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible, among them the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, etc.
Schindler’s Grave – One of the most-visited graves in Jerusalem belongs to OskarSchindler, the German factory-owner and Nazi Party member credited with saving the lives of 1098 people
- Temple Mount – The Temple Mount, known in Hebrew as Har HaBáyit or as Har HaMōriyā and in Arabic as the Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary, is one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.