Top Attractions in Jerusalem

Top Attractions in Jerusalem

autor iconBy iTravelJerusalem staff , August 30, 2023

When visiting religious sites, it’s advised to dress modestly and wear clothing that covers your knees and elbows. A good place to start is Jerusalem’s Old City, which has a very special and distinct atmosphere and is where many of the major attractions of Jerusalem are found.

Old City

Jerusalem Western Wall

Western Wall 

Photo: Noam Chen

 The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall and Kotel, is the western retaining wall of the Second Temple. Considered Judaisms’s holiest site, the wall is divided into a men’s and women’s section where worshipers congregate throughout the day for morning, afternoon and evening services. Diverse crowds come to pray against the stones, to tuck small pieces of paper with prayers into the cracks and to simply marvel at the site. Read more >> 

Address: Jewish Quarter, Old City Hours: 24/7 

Tours of the Old City >>


Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa 

Photo: The Via Dolorosa

 Crossing the Muslim Quarter from east to west is this street that traces the last steps of Jesus Christ as he was led to his crucifixion. Popular with both pilgrims and general tourists, the route marks 14 events on Christ’s last walk and is also lined with shops and stalls. It is worth visiting on a Friday afternoon (3:00opm in winter; 4:00pm in summer) when the Franciscans lead a procession along the route. Read more >> 

Address: Via Dolorosa, Muslim Quarter, Old City

 The Via Dolorosa and more - a guided Friday tour >>


Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher 

Photo: Noam Chen

 One of the holiest sites for Christians, this impressive building draws millions of pilgrims from around the world every year. The compound is believed to be the site of Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Read more >> 

Address: Between Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Rd, Christian Quarter, Old City


Dome of the Rock

Islam’s third holiest site, the Dome of the Rock is built on top of the Temple Mount and defines the Jerusalem skyline. At the heart of the sanctuary is the Foundation Stone where, according to Islamic tradition, the prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven. Foreigners are not allowed direct access to the Foundation Stone but are allowed access to the Dome of the Rock for limited hours. Read more >> 

Address: Access between the Western Wall and Dung Gate, Old City


Outside the Old City Walls

David's Citadel

David's Citadel Photo: Ricky Rachma

n David’s Citadel (also known as the Tower of David) was originally built in the second century BC to strategically strengthen a weak point in the city’s defenses, and was subsequently destroyed and rebuilt many times over the ensuing centuries. Since 1989, the grounds are home to a fascinating museum, which sheds light on the history of Jerusalem. Don’t forget to take in the splendid view of Jerusalem from its ramparts. Read more >> 

Address: Jaffa Gate, Christian Quarter, Old City


City of David


Photo: Kobi Harati, courtesy of the City of David

Archives Situated deep below ground in the Arab village of Silwan is the remains of the once-grand citadel where a dynasty of Judean kings once ruled. A massive visitors’ center offers a tour that begins with an observation point overlooking the remains of ancient Jerusalem, then continues underground with a look at recent archaeological finds and ends at the Gihon Spring, where according to tradition Solomon was anointed king. Visitors can also wade through the waters of the 2,700-year-old Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Read more >> 

Address: Silwan, East Jerusalem


Mount of Olives

The hill that rises to the east of the Old City, the Mount of Olives, is a great place to take in views of the Old City and the Dome of the Rock. Its slopes are filled with holy and burial sites and are home to several grand churches including the Church of all Nations. To take in all the sights, it’s best to start at the top, near to the Mosque of Ascension, and walk downhill to the Tomb of the Virgin. The Old City views are best in the morning.  Read more >> 

Address: Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem 

Mount of Olives Half Day Tour >>

Yemin Moshe

This charming neighbourhood facing the Old City walls was originally built to escape overcrowding in the 19th Century. It is known for its windmill and communal housing block, known as Mishkenot Shaananim, which is now a venue for art and culture. The area is home to artists, writers and academics and is renowned for its Oriental-style houses, green parks, a music center, the YMCA, King David Hotel, Herod’s Family Tomb.

City Center

Mamilla Alrov Avenue

Photo: Ministry of Tourism

 Situated between the city center and the Old City, Mamilla Alrov Avenue is a pedestrian mall that offers a selection of luxury shops, as well as upscale restaurants and cafes. Mamilla is known for its chic and tasteful European feel, and offers spectacular views of the Old City walls. Read more >> 

Address: 6 Yitzhak Kariv St, Jerusalem

Ben Yehuda Street

One of Jerusalem’s prime hangout spots for locals and tourists alike, Ben Yehuda Street is a pedestrian mall extending between King George Street and Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem. The street is filled with gift shops, falafel and ice cream stores, buskers, beggars, musicians and street performers. Read more >>

Nachalat Shiva

This charming cobblestone neighborhood just south of Ben Yehuda Street in the city center offers a great selection of shops, restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes. This is a great place to experience in summer and at night with many bustling until late.

Mahane Yehuda Market

Often referred to as “the shuk”, Mahane Yehuda Market offers a huge assortment of fresh produce and food, as well as a variety of other shops like clothing stores, kitchenware shops, jewellery stores, ceramic stores and a variety of gentrified eateries. The shuk includes an open air and closed area, bounded by Jaffa Road on the one side and busy Agripas Street on the other. It’s worth taking public transportation to the shuk as there is not a huge abundance of parking, and a great deal of traffic. If you can handle crowds, go on a Friday to experience last minute Shabbat shopping. Read more >> 

Address: Agripas and Jaffa Street, Jerusalem

Other Areas of Jerusalem

Yad Vashem

Photo: Noam Chen, courtesy of Yad Vashem

 Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, commemorates the six million men, women and children murdered by the Nazis and their allies. Located at the foot of Mt. Herzl, Yad Vashem comprises several moving memorials, including the Hall of Remembrance and the haunting Children’s Memorial; the Holocaust History Museum; the Museum of Holocaust Art; sculptures and installations; a massive archive and a research institute. Dress appropriately, and make sure to reserve at least a few hours for a visit to the Museum. Read more >> 

Address: Har Hazikaron

Israel Museum

Photo: Tim Horsley

 You’ll want to devote at least a day to Israel’s largest cultural institution, the Israel Museum, which was re-launched in the summer of 2010 after a major overhaul. The Museum is made up of many different wings and a huge collection of art, archaeological findings and Judaica. One of the major highlights is the distinctly shaped Shrine of the Book, which houses many ancient manuscripts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Other highlights include the Youth Wing for children, the Billy Rose Art Garden, which showcases the development of western sculpture over the centuries, the Museum’s Fine Arts Wing and its in-depth Archaeology Wing. Read more >> 

Address: Ruppin Boulevard, Jerusalem

Crazy Mary: Jerusalem's Maze of Horrors


Crazy Mary Maze of Fear (Photo: Ronan Gelman) 

Are you fans of adrenaline and horror? Challenge your nerves at Crazy Mary – Jerusalem's maze of horrors. It's a unique attraction where you can walk through a perfectly constructed horror maze, packed with immersive sets and theatrical actors that will jump on you in an attempt to scare the hell out of you! The goal is to finish the maze without giving up. Sounds easy? Don’t be so sure. There are 11 different degrees of fear for horror enthusiasts to challenge themselves. Price range: from 60 NIS per person Address: 13 Ha-Rekhavim Street, Talpiot, Jerusalem