You can spend years in Jerusalem exploring all the sights - trust me, I still haven't seen it all - so deciding what to see is not an easy task. To make it easier for you to plan your perfect Jerusalem trip, I have put all must-see places & things to do into this guide. Whether you're visiting Jerusalem for the first time, or you've visited countless times, there is so much to explore in this fascinating, historic city. Everyone knows about the Western Wall, the Holy Sepulcher Church and Dome of the Rock - absolute must-sees in Jerusalem - but there is so much more to see! For example, did you know you can visit a winery inside a windmill from where you have the most perfect sunset views on Mount Zion? Below you find the top things to do in Jerusalem.
Old City Highlights Walking Tour
You're probably not surprised to see this at the top of this list - the Old City highlights like the Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher Church are simply a must-see! Some of the holiest places in the world are to be found in the Old City, definitely places to see once in a lifetime. Did you know the Old City of Jerusalem is divided in four sections, each with their own historic sights? There is the Armenian, Christian, Jewish & Muslim quarter. All sights are within walking distance from each other, although there are stairs and it recommended to wear good walking shoes. This walking tour can take around three hours, but can also take up eight hours if you visit all sights and take your time.
Start the walking tour at the Yafo Gate. From here you can easily navigate to all the major sights in the Old City. There is a tourist information center next to the gate where you can get maps. From the Yafo Gate, you can walk all along the Old City in a circle ending at exactly the same place when you visit the sights in this order:
Western Wall tunnels
The Western Wall tunnels probably are at the top of my list of all places to visit in Israel, because it takes you below ground at the Western Wall, to the street level next to the Western Wall how it was 2000 years ago at the time of the Second Temple. It's an organized guided tour (available in many different languages) and it's just so informative and unique; for all info and to book, click here.
Ever imagined wine tasting with the most perfect view on Mount Zion, on the terrace of a 19th century windmill? Trust me, it's one of the most unique experiences in Jerusalem. The winery is kosher and the tour in the windmill is very interesting. If you have time, head into the neighborhood Yemin Moshe next door - one of the most picturesque parts of Jerusalem. For all the info, see here.
Israel Museum & Yad Vashem
Two of the most famous museums in Israel, that make for a very nteresting & educative day trip. Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center and the Israel Museum houses the Dead Sea scrolls, the oldest Torah fragments known. For all information about opening hours of the Israel Museum, see here and for Yad Vashem, see here.
Mahane Yehuda Market tour
Hummus, hummus, hummus! The main 'shuk' in Jerusalem is heaven for food lovers. It's where the Jerusalemites buy their fresh produce, from incredible baked goods to hummus, to some of Israel's best street food restaurants. It's a must to visit when you're in Jerusalem! Don't miss Ishtabach for the tastiest and most special lunch and Marzipan Bakery where you must try the famous rozalach. You'll thank me later!
Jerusalem lightshow inside the Tower of David
My first time in Israel, my mom insisted on going to the lightshow, and I completely understand why. Every time I'm spending the night in Jerusalem, I'm going to the light show because it is just magical. Inside the David Citadel, on the walls, they display a beautiful movie of light and music explaining the story of Jerusalem. You sit in the courtyard of the citadel, in the Old City and it's just such a special experience.
City of David
Explore ancient Jerusalem! Did you know the City of David is the first Jerusalem that was built, with Kind David's palace at its center? It's an archeological park right outside the city gates, on a hillslope in Eastern Jerusalem. Super interesting place to visit! For all the info, see their website.