Jerusalem

Immerse yourself in Jerusalem. Of course, you can see the primary sights in a couple of days—some visitors claim to have done it in less—but don't short-change yourself if you can help it. Take time to wander where the spirit takes you, to linger longer over a snack and people-watch, to follow the late Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai, "in the evening into the Old City / and . . . emerge from it pockets stuffed with images / and metaphors and well-constructed parables. . . ." The poet struggled for breath in an atmosphere "saturated with prayers and dreams"; but the city's baggage of history and religion doesn't have to weigh you down. Decompress in the markets and eateries of the Old City, and the jewelry and art stores, coffee shops, and pubs of the New.

The city is built on a series of hills, part of the country's north–south watershed. To the east, the Judean Desert tumbles down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, less than an hour's drive away. The main highway to the west winds down through the pine-covered Judean Hills toward the international airport and Tel Aviv. North and south of the city—Samaria and Judea, respectively—is what is known today as the West Bank. Since 1967, this contested area has been administered largely by Israel, though the major concentrations of Arab population are currently under autonomous Palestinian control.

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  • 1. Herodian Quarter/Wohl Archaeological Museum

    Jewish Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Excavations in the 1970s exposed the Jewish Quarter's most visually interesting site: the remains of sumptuous mansions from the late Second...Read More

  • 2. Israel Museum

    Givat Ram | Museum/Gallery

    This world-class museum shines after a massive makeover that brought with it modern exhibits and state-of-the-art technology. The Dead Sea Scrolls...Read More

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  • 3. Tower of David Museum

    Jaffa Gate | Museum/Gallery

    Many visitors find this museum invaluable in mapping Jerusalem's often-confusing historical byways. Housed in a series of medieval halls, known...Read More

  • 4. Yad Vashem

    Mount Herzl | Museum/Gallery

    The experience of the Holocaust—the annihilation of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during World War II—is so deeply seared into the Jewish national...Read More

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  • 5. Bible Lands Museum

    Givat Ram | Museum/Gallery

    Most archaeological museums group artifacts according to their place of origin, but the curators here favor a chronological display, seeking...Read More

  • 6. Bloomfield Science Museum

    Givat Ram | Museum/Gallery

    For kids, this may be the city's best rainy-day option, but don't wait for a rainy day to enjoy the museum. Along with a range of intriguing...Read More

  • 7. Chamber of the Holocaust

    Mount Zion | Museum/Gallery

    This small museum is dedicated to the memory of the 6 million European Jews annihilated by the Nazis in the Second World War. Among the artifacts...Read More

  • 8. Hinnom Valley

    Mount Zion | Museum/Gallery

    A few minutes from the Jaffa Gate is the deep Hinnom Valley, which offers some fine views of Mount Zion and the Old City walls. The area achieved...Read More

  • 9. Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center

    Jewish Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Though strictly speaking outside the Jewish Quarter, this site is related to it historically, and is often visited at the same time. A gold...Read More

  • 10. L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art

    Hapalmach | Museum/Gallery

    The considerable and diverse artistic achievements of Islamic culture are what this small museum is all about. Its rich collections—ceramics...Read More

  • 11. Mount Herzl National Memorial Park

    Mount Herzl | Museum/Gallery

    Cedars of Lebanon and native pine and cypress trees surround the entrance to Mount Herzl National Memorial Park, the last resting place of Zionist...Read More

  • 12. Rockefeller Archaeological Museum

    East Jerusalem | Museum/Gallery

    Built in the 1930s, and now a branch of the Israel Museum, the museum has echoing stone halls and somewhat old-fashioned displays that recall...Read More

  • 13. Ticho House

    Center City | Historic Home

    This handsome, two-story, 19th-century building was the home of Dr. A. A. Ticho, a renowned Jewish ophthalmologist, and his wife, Anna. He moved...Read More

  • 14. Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

    Center City | Museum/Gallery

    A little-known gem, the museum shares its classic old stone building with a cultural center (ask to see the frescoes in the ground-floor hall...Read More

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