What to see in Jerusalem in 3 days

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Divided into the new and old city, Jerusalem is the city where antiquity and worldliness are contrasted. The latter, the Old Town,it contains places of great religious significance enough to be declared a World Heritage Site, while the streets of the modern area come to life with clubs of all kinds.

It is a city suitable for everyone, where you can have fun but also discover the charm of Islamic culture and at the same time the places linked to the Bible. Moreover, it lends itself well to being visited during a whole weekend: here's what to see in Jerusalem in 3 days!


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Jerusalem cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Tower of David, Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa

The visit can only start from the Old Town!
By tram, get off at City Hall Light Rail Station and walk to Jaffa Gate to access it.
But first a good one breakfast Israeli from Cofix with coffee and typical sweets at a cost of about 23 ILS / € 5,90.

Entering the old city you will face the Tower of David (open 9:00 - 16:00, 40 ILS / € 10,37) an ancient fortress, archaeological site, which the main museum on the history of Jerusalem which exhibits ancient artifacts from 2.000 years ago and organizes handicraft exhibitions, concerts and shows.

Walk the characteristic alleys between shops, mosques, synagogues and churches, until you reach one of the most important in the world: the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, open from 4:00 to 19:00 with free admission.
It was built 300 years AD on the area of ​​the crucifixion of Jesus, in Romanesque style with an interior rich in gold and mosaics.

After the visit, head to the Painful way, a narrow street surrounded by walls and restaurants, always accessible and free, on which Jesus carried the cross.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnel

Stop along the Via Dolorosa at Abu Shukri, a small place for one lunch fast with falafell and hummus at a good price (about 38 ILS / € 9,85).

At 350 meters there is the Temple Mount (free admission), an elevated area enclosed by walls, recognizable by an imposing golden dome.
This place contains 3 important religious buildings (the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of the Chain) and is in fact disputed between Christians, Muslims and Jews. Tourists can only access from 7:30 to 11:00 and from 13:30 to 14:30.

A 5 minute walk will bring you to the Western Wall, a symbol for Jerusalem, where the Jewish population goes to pray, mourn the destruction of the temple that stood right there in ancient times and leave little notes containing prayers between the cracks in the wall. We recommend face this visit with the right clothing and a respectful attitude.

After the mystical moment, go down to the Western Wall Tunnel, can only be visited with a guide, entering from HaGai Street. There are 500 meters of galleries that tell the story of the ancient temple (open 7:00 - 19:00, 35 ILS / € 9,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Mamilla

To get out of the Old City we recommend that you use Jaffa Gate again so that you are immediately in the Mamilla district, where you will spend the first evening.

for price we recommend the Rooftop restaurant, located on top of a building, for a typical and refined meal accompanied by excellent cocktails and panoramic views of both the old and the new city. The prices are a bit high compared to the average (about 115 ILS / € 30,00 per person) but it's worth it!

After dinner enjoy the Mamilla district, an area where luxury and historic architecture alternate, which in recent years has received a major urban redevelopment. It mainly develops around Alrov Mamilla Avenue, a lively and long street populated by street artists, sculptures, boutiques, shops, ice cream parlors, pubs and night / night clubs, many of which have outdoor tables and panoramic terraces.
Here you can choose to spend the evening as you like and in the place you prefer!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 8 min
  • Places visited: Tower of David (40 ILS / € 10,37), Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher (free), Via Dolorosa (free), Temple Mount (free), Western Wall (free), Western Wall Tunnel (35 ILS / € 9,00), Mamilla (free)
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  • breakfast at Cofix (Get directions); lunch at Abu Shukri (Get directions); dinner at Rooftop (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Mount of Olives, Church of the Pater Noster

The second day we start from Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, reach it by bus 1 to the stop of the same name.

Nearby is the Nordic Café for a tasty one breakfast with cakes, smoothies and coffee for about 25 ILS / € 6,00.

The museum tells an important piece of the history of the Holy Land, through a collection of artifacts inherited from the various civilizations that in the past inhabited these territories (Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00 / 54 ILS - € 13,93).

At the end, move towards the Mount of Olives by bus 255 from the museum stop to the A-Shaiah A stop.
Start climbing this hill which gradually offers a beautiful view of the old city. In the meantime you will encounter several churches, Catholic and Orthodox and a Jewish cemetery.
Among all we recommend a visit to the church of the Pater Noster (Monday to Saturday 8: 00-12: 00/14: 00-17: 00 / free admission), built in the th century in Byzantine style and famous for being the place where Jesus taught the prayer of the Our Father and for the presence of over 100 translations of it in its cloisters.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Zedekiah's Cave, Mahane Yehuda Market

At the end of the visit, retrace the path to descend from the Mount of Olives and take bus 255 again to the Sultan Suleiman Central Station stop and then head in a few minutes on foot to Zedekiah's Cave.

Shortly thereafter you will also find the Alayed restaurant, a great place for a lunch typical and cheap (around 39 ILS / € 10,00 per person).

Zedekiah's Cave they are characterized by limestone cavities with truly extraordinary shapes and colors, the visit of which takes at least 2 hours (the entrance is located just below the Old Town, open from Sunday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00 / entrance 10 ILS / € 2,58).

Immediately after, reach the Giv'at Ram stop and take bus 66 towards the market of Mahane Yehuda getting off at the homonymous stop.

A wonderful, how enormous and lively, awaits you market full of colors and scents where you can find everything (food, clothes, jewelry, souvenirs of all kinds) between sellers shouting prices and customers who bargain in turn. Definitely an unmissable experience! Open every day from 7:30 to 24:00 (free admission).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Jaffa Street

Upon exiting the market you are in the middle of Jaffa Street, by far the liveliest and most lively area of Jerusalem which, being by now almost dark, begins to come to life.

For price you will be spoiled for choice between clubs and restaurants of all kinds, however we want to recommend the Azura restaurant for a quiet and not too hasty dinner, with different seats and a varied menu. Around 100 ILS / € 25,00 for a full meal!

Finally, go to the discovery of Jaffa Street, this long road that connects the Old City to the modern center of Jerusalem with several kilometers of extension on which you will find a series of clubs of all kinds that offer musical and dancing events from evening until late at night.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,0 km / 1 h 40 min
  • Places visited: Rockefeller Archaeological Museum (25 ILS / € 6,00), Mount of Olives (free), Pater Noster church (free), Zedekiah's Cave (10 ILS / € 2,58), Mahane Yehuda Market (free), Jaffa Street (free)
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  • breakfast at Nordic Café (Get directions); lunch at Alayed (Get directions); dinner at Azura (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Bloomfield Science Museum, Israel Museum

The last day starts from Bloomfield Science Museum .
First make a nice one breakfast sweet or savory from Hakiosk, at an average cost of 30 ILS / € 7,72.

The museum is open from Monday to Thursday and also on Saturdays from 10:00 - 18:00 for the price of 50 ILS / € 12,86, reachable by bus 156 or 414 to the Science Museum / Ruppin stop.
It is a science Museum where practical experiments and entertaining exhibits (such as the soap bubble corner) are displayed, and events on various topics such as biomedical research are also organized. A good place to change the religious and historical theme of the previous two days!

Immediately after, move about 8 minutes on foot to the Israel Museum, to discover the archaeological history of the city through a rich modern art collection of Jewish objects such as necklaces, mosaics containing prayers, nails that would attest to the crucifixion of Jesus and much more (Always open 10:00 - 17:45 / admission 54 ILS / € 13,96).
The whole morning will be spent visiting the two museums.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Museum of Islamic Art

For lunch we suggest the nearby Modern restaurant which offers typical cuisine but in a gourmet key while maintaining modest figures (a full meal around 90 ILS / € 23,15).

Once refreshed, visit e relax in the botanical gardens of Jerusalem, reachable by bus 9 from the Ruppin / Kaplan stop in Bezeq / Zalman Shne'ur.
You can find them open every day from 9:00 to 17:00 and admission costs only 35 ILS / € 9,00.
Inside you will begin to stroll through tree-lined and colorful avenues that cross various sections of flora from all over the world including the tropical garden, bonsai, conifers and an entire area dedicated only to South Africa. Lovers of birdwatching they will have fun tracking down the 46 bird species that inhabit the gardens all year round!

After the tour of about 2 hours, take the 17 or 19 bus from the Herzog / Nayot stop to Aza / HaRav Berlin to visit the Museum of Islamic Art (Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 15:00 / admission 44 ILS / € 11,32) and discover, through its 9 galleries, Islamic art with ceramics, textiles, carpets, jewels and other artifacts of this fascinating culture , from various countries.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Jerusalem Theater

A 3 minute walk from the museum is an excellent restaurant, the Talbiye, which we want to recommend for you price. It serves typical but also international dishes, abundant, well presented and exquisite, for a full meal of around 100 ILS / € 25,73. Enjoy dinner without rushing!

For the last night enjoy a beautiful show at the Jerusalem Theater. Every evening the proposals are many and varied of musical, cinema and dancing shows. The complex consists of various rooms with hundreds of seats and large spaces used for ever new art exhibitions. Admission is free and obviously you only have to pay for the ticket of what you are interested in watching. In this regard, we report the official website to be consulted in advance.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 16 min
  • Places visited: Bloomfield Science Museum (50 ILS / € 12,86), Museum of Israel (54 ILS / € 13,96), Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (35 ILS / € 9,00), Museum of Islamic Art (44 ILS / € 11,32), Jerusalem Theater (varies by show)
  • Jerusalem Old and New City Tour from Tel Aviv Jerusalem Old and New City Tour from Tel Aviv / Netanya / Herz
  • breakfast at Hakiosk (Get directions); lunch at Modern (Get Directions); dinner at Talbiye (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Jerusalem cost

Jerusalem it is a relatively expensive city, but it is also able to offer convenience to those traveling on a low budget.

The biggest impact on travel costs is accommodation. An average hotel will require around € 60,00 per night, for hostels, at least € 25,00 per night will be spent.

For meals, the opportunities are varied: they range from medium-level restaurants with an average cost of € 30,00 per person, but there are also many fast food restaurants that serve typical food at a good price, reducing the cost to € 10,00.

Transportation is convenient as a ticket costs only € 1,80 but at the moment there is no possibility of daily / weekly passes to save further in case of numerous trips.

The absolutely positive is that thanks to low cost connections of the Ryanair company can be found very affordable flights, even for less than € 50,00.
Here is a detailed account of the average costs of a weekend in Jerusalem:

  • Costs to eat: about € 45,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 83,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 25,00 per person (of which € 10,00 round trip from the airport and the remaining € 15,00 an average cost for any transport in the various areas of the city)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 60,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 30,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, etc.)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Jerusalem: from € 393,00 total per person (flight excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Jerusalem: the months of April, May and October are preferable as the temperatures are warm but livable and the peaks of 30 ° C typical of summer are avoided - for more info
  • connected by low cost flights of the company Ryanair which in just 3 hours land in Tel Aviv, at Ben-Gurion international airport, located 40 km from Jerusalem. To get to the city there are several connections: train 147 which takes 20 minutes and costs ILS 19,28 / € 5,00; bus 485 at a cost of 16 ILS / € 4,15 which takes about 40 minutes; 10-passenger collective taxis (60 ILS / € 15,56 per person)
  • the old town is full of hostels. Just outside the walls in the Ben-Yehuda street there are different types of accommodation, it is close to the attractions with shops, restaurants and night clubs. The Yemin Moshe district is ideal for those looking for luxury hotels. The station area is quiet and inexpensive, excellent for reaching the center and getting around
  • Getting around: the old town can be easily visited on foot. There is a tram line, operated by Tramway, which connects the old city to the new one (7 ILS / € 1,80). Buses are also available, operated by Egged (7 ILS / € 1,80) - for more info
  • Clothing: summer clothing during the day (t-shirt, tank tops, shorts) and a sweatshirt or jacket for the evening. Don't forget comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses!

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