Jerusalem is sacred to more than half of the world's population. It is the place where religion, culture, and the arts merge into a metropolis that is a feast for both the spirit and the human senses. Whether you are interested in history, religion, food, or just immersing yourself in the culture, a Jerusalem vacation will become a jewel in your travel crown.
No trip to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to the holy sites – The Temple Mount (including the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque), Western Wall, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, among many others. Outside of the holy sites, the Old City offers several quarters, including the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter, each offering their own cultural markets, restaurants, and shops. But it's the open-air Mahane Yehuda Market – "the Shuk" -- that is truly a sight to behold. At this bustling market in the city center you can buy produce, spices, pastries, breads, scarves, and many other items while mingling with a local crowd. While there, try some kanafeh, a sweet cheese pastry, or shawarma, which are shavings of meat that have been roasted on a spit, served on a plate or as a sandwich.
Jerusalem is a special place to visit for several religious holidays, depending on your preference. But the entire city seems to participate in Purim, a Jewish holiday that spawns parties and carnivals around the city. Often compared to Halloween and Mardi Gras, Purim takes place in early March. For a non-religious event, check out the increasingly popular International Film Festival in July. Located at Jerusalem Cinémathèque, the festival features films from around the world.
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The fantastic thing about travel is that you don't always need to search for brand new experiences — they're right there in front of you! So unpack your suitcase, take a breath and get ready to make some amazing new memories.
You'll never be at a loss for things to do in Jerusalem. If you're having problems deciding on what to do, here are our top picks: