What’s Doing in Jerusalem

By Andrew Lief on 29 July 2012
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Jerusalem dates back to the fourth millennium, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. All 48 square miles (124 square km) are packed with fascinating history and magnificent archeological sites. However, modern day Jerusalem holds much more than just the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Today, Jerusalem is home to world renowned museums, elite Universities and some of the country’s best restaurants.

As the capital of a remarkably stable democracy within the Middle East, Jerusalem is a popular destination for tourists and business travelers alike. The newly completed Light Rail, which runs 8 miles (13 km) through 23 stops, established Jerusalem as a pioneer in modern day urban transportation. The Light Rail system greatly reduces travel time and traffic in an otherwise densely populated and crowded city.


Jerusalem boasts many educational and fascinating museums. This includes the Israel Museum attracting about a million visitors a year and is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date back to around 225 BCE. Yad Vashem, Israel’s national and newly renovated Holocaust museum, houses the world’s largest library of Holocaust-related documents. The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, more commonly referred to as the Biblical Zoo, is famous for housing animals mentioned in the Bible. The 62- acre (251,000 sq. meter) compound houses more than 140 species of animal.

You can walk on the walls of the Old City, tour the tunnels underneath the Western Wall with a guide, and explore what remains of the Temple Mount.  A visit to the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, is often a moving religious experience and you will see many deep in prayer and reflection.  You can go from faith to faith if you then ascend the Dome of the Rock, a major Islamic shrine, and continue to the Via Dolorosa, where you may see Christian pilgrims dragging a crucifix through the Stations of the Cross.

If you are worried that the travel between one tourist site to the next might become tiring, there is no need to worry.  Segwayz in Jerusalem offers a fun and entertaining solution. Segwayz is a company that offers guided tours that take participants from the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), to Yemin Moshe and many other historical and popular tourist destinations. Instead of having to walk to and from sites, participants ride on Segway personal transporters.

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