Jerusalem has a long been the sacred travel destination for pilgrims of the Abrahamic faiths such as Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The Holy City is a highly interesting destination, and you don’t even have to be religious to be able to appreciate your own pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We created a basic to do list for Jerusalem, for what to see in Jerusalem, and what to experience in the Holy City. Let’s get start with: The Old City!
Visit the Old City in Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s Old City contains some of the most important religious sites in the world for Jews, Muslims, and Christians – the Western Wall, the last remaining wall of the Jewish Temple Compound, the Al-Aqsa Mosque where Muslims believe that Mohammed arose to heaven, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus is believed by some to have been resurrected. Divided into four quarters – Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian, exploring the Old City is something you can do for years! There are even special tours around the Old City, ask your Hostel in Jerusalem about more information. It’s the best way to get to know basic facts about Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem in Jerusalem
Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem is in many ways, a must see in Jerusalem. Set on the edge of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem contains a Holocaust History Museum which communicates the story of the Holocaust through several mediums. Due to the inherent connection between Israel and the Shoah, almost every foreign dignitary who visits Israel goes to Yad Vashem, and the effect which it has on people is remarkable.
Daily trips to several destinations around Jerusalem
Gomio recommends you to get out of Jerusalem as well. Join some trips to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Take a bus to the birth place of Jesus in Betlehem. You will have to pass the Palestinian-Israel border, so keep your passport with you – that’s a very useful advice anyhow: take always your passport with you! Ask your Hostel in Jerusalem for more detailed information. The Hostel Abraham Hostels in Jerusalem organizes a lot of those daily tours for their travelers. Find more information about daily trips around Jerusalem here.
Local Market Jerusalem – Machane Yehuda Market
In the heart of downtown Jerusalem, the smells, sounds, sights, and tastes of the busy Machane Yehuda Market make it a fascinating place for a stroll. Israel is really a place where east meets west, and in Machane Yehuda you’ll see this first hand.
Israel Museum in Jerusalem
Probably Israel’s number one museum, the Israel Museum has recently re-opened in 2012 and contains a vast collection of historic artefacts, Judaica, art, and items relating to the history of the land of Israel. The museum also houses the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book.
Try Local Food – e.g. Falafel
You can get a Falafel at every corner in Jerusalem. Whatever you do, try one – it’s delicious!
Stay at a Top Hostel in Jerusalem
Jerusalem has several great Hostels where you can enjoy a beautiful roof top terrace, local dinners, tours across the country, and more. If you are traveling to Jerusalem, a Hostel is a must. Find the best Hostels in Jerusalem here on Gomio.com.
pssssst…we even have hostel discounts for Jerusalem!
More Information for Backpacking Israel
For more information about Backpacking Israel visit our Blog Post Backpacking Israel – The Holy Trek.