Things to see in Jerusalem

Tourist offices

Israeli Government Tourist Office (IGTO)

Address: Tourist Information Center, Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972 2 627 1422.
Opening Hours:

Sun-Thurs 0830-1700, Fri 0830-1200.

www.itraveljerusalem.com

Passes

There are several discount passes and coupons available. The Jerusalem Pass (http://travelpass1.itraveljerusalem.com) offers an average of 20% savings on entertainment, restaurants and attractions. The Old City Bites card (www.haatika.co.il/en/) and Shuk Bites card (www.machne.co.il) allow visitors to sample the tasty delights of the Old City bazaars and Mahane Yehuda Market respectively. Also worth checking out for deals on meals and attractions is AngloDeals (www.anglodeals.co.il).

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Containing the last five Stations of the Cross, this is the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem. Inside the cavernous, ornately decorated and dimly lit church, a small stairway leads to the Chapel of Golgotha where Jesus was believed to be stripped, crucified and removed from the cross. The Sepulchre, at the centre of the church, marks where Jesus is believed to have been buried and resurrected.

Opening Times: Daily 0430-1900.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Christian Quarter Road, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 627 3314.
City of David

This attraction provides an extraordinary glimpse of Jerusalem's past. Archaeological excavations revealed thrilling biblical finds including the underground Gihon spring and a 2,700-year-old water tunnel. A walk through the 533m-long (1,748ft) Hezekiah’s Tunnel is one of the highlights of a visit, and there’s also an excellent 3-D movie depicting the history of the site.

Opening Times: Sun-Thurs 0800-1700, Friday 0800-1400 (summer); Sun-Thurs 0800-1900, Friday 0800-1600 (winter).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No
Address: City of David, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 626 8700/6033.
Mount Zion

Accessed by the towering, bullet-ridden Zion Gate that leads from the Armenian Quarter, Mount Zion’s wealth of religious and historic relics should be included in any tour of the Old City. The main sites are King David’s Tomb on the ground floor, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, and the room on the first floor, believed to be the site of the Last Supper.

Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address: Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel
Temple Mount

Dominating the Old City is the golden Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem's most recognisable landmark. The spacious, tree-studded complex contains the third holiest and second oldest site in Islam – the Al-Aqsa Mosque where, according to the Koran, Muhammad ascended to Heaven. The dome and mosque are closed to non-Muslims, but the complex itself is a wonderful place to visit.

Opening Times: Closed during all prayer times (variable); otherwise Sun-Thurs 0730-1130 and 1330-1430 (summer); Sun-Thurs 0730-1030 and 1330-1430 (winter); Sun-Thurs 0730-1030 (during Ramadan); closed to non-Muslims Fri and Muslim holidays. During periods of tension, the site may be closed.
Admission Fees: No (for Temple Mount; charge for Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic Museum combined ticket).
Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Temple Mount, Israel
The Old City Quarters

The Old City, usually accessed via the Jaffa Gate, is the jewel in the crown of ancient Jerusalem. This living museum of 1km (0.6 miles) square is the meeting point of three world religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and the site of some of history’s most significant events. The four quarters - Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian - each have a fascinating and very distinctive atmosphere.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Old Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrow) is the route believed to have been walked by Jesus to his crucifixion. It begins at the Lion's Gate, passes through the Muslim Quarter and leads to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; marked along the way by the 14 Stations of the Cross. Every Friday, hundreds of Christians process through the winding streets in remembrance.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Israel
Western Wall

Revered as the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall is all that remains of the Second Temple. It is here that millions of Jews from all over the world pray, pushing prayer notes into the cracks. It is divided into two prayer sections, men on the left and women on the right, and modest dress is mandatory.

Opening Times: Open daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 627 1333.
Citadel or Tower of David

The tall, slender stone tower rising from the Old City Walls actually has nothing to do with King David (the city's founder), and was constructed in the first century BC as a fortress for Herod the Great. Today, it houses the outstanding Museum of the History of Jerusalem. and a nightly spectacular sound and light show is held in the grounds.

Opening Times: Sun-Thurs 0900-1600, Sat 0900-1400 (Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct); Sun-Thurs 0900-1700, Sat 0900-1700 (Jul-Aug); Fri 0900-1400 (Apr-Oct); closed Nov-Mar.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes
Address: Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 626 5333.
Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center), on the western edge of Jerusalem, charts the devastation wreaked upon Jews by the Nazis during WWII. Its superbly documented displays are as moving as they as are horrifying. Most poignant is the Children's Memorial, where, in a dark underground chamber, names from the list of 1.5 million murdered children are constantly read out.

Opening Times: Sun-Thurs 0900-1700 (2000 on Thurs), Fri 0900-1400.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address: Mount Herzi, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 644 3400.
The Israel Museum

Israel’s largest museum complex is renowned for its archaeology, anthropology and art. Highlights include the modern sculptures of the Art Garden, the 20th-century artworks of the Art Pavilion and the Archaeological Galleries. Inside a striking separate building shaped like an earthenware jar is the greatest treasure, the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered beside the Dead Sea at Qumran in 1947.

Opening Times: Mon, Wed, Thurs 1000-1700, Tues 1600-2100, Fri 1000-1400, Sat 1000-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No
Address: 11 Ruppin Boulevard, Hakyria, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: +972 2 670 8811.