Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, less than half an hour by train from Tel Aviv, is a city that everyone should see at some point. The 3000-year-old city is not only a city of tradition, religion and history, but increasingly also of modern culture and heritage. It is a city that has so much to offer! You could spend years there and still not see everything. So what are the best places now?
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1. The Old Town
There are many monuments and inspiring places in a small area. That is characteristic of the Old City of Jerusalem† For example, consider the City of David, wailing wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
A walk through the Old Town takes you along narrow walkways, historic buildings and gives you an insight into the past. You can see and feel the history and culture of the city here.
2. Teddy Park
The park is named after Teddy Kollek, who was mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1995. Teddypark is cozy, beautiful and of historical importance. The park connects the Old Jerusalem with the New Jerusalem. The site includes a wishing pond, an original solar clock sculpture, historic property restorations and a water fountain. Be sure to visit the spectacular light and sound show in the evening!
3. Machane Yehuda Market
De Machane Yehuda Market is a symbol in Jerusalem and for a very good reason! Residents see it as a place that brings them together. A place that gives them a unique identity in a larger Israeli social context. Have your camera ready when visiting this unique market. Here it feels as if you are going back in time.
From spices and colorful stalls of fruit and vegetables to local delicacies, there is something for everyone. On Thursday evenings, the market turns into a bustling late night scene full of fun bars, pubs and live music.
4. Farmers Market
Every Friday in the German colony, in the heart of the city, there is the local farmers' market. You will find plenty of delicious produce, a wide variety of local delicacies and excellent bargains. It is wonderful to just walk around here, see and taste.
5. Israel Museum
The Israel Museum is Israel's largest cultural institution. It is one of the leading art and archeology museums in the world. The museum was founded in 1965 and has collections in the Archaeology, Fine Arts and Jewish Art departments. It features the most comprehensive collection of Biblical archeology in the world.
Tip:: A city trip to Jerusalem can easily be combined with a visit to Tel Aviv, as the cities are not far from each other. In fact, one can visit the sights in Jerusalem in the morning and rest on the beach in Tel Aviv in the afternoon.