What to see in Jerusalem in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Jerusalem is a very ancient city, rich in history. But not only that, it is a fundamental place for all three of the three great monotheistic religions, the Christian, the Jewish and the Islamic. In the Old City you can visit both the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the Wailing Wall and the Esplanade of the Mosques. IS walking through its streets you will feel like taking a step back in time.

Often visited in the day or with an overnight stay during a trip to Israel, if you are planning a trip to this area you cannot miss it! If you have the times, maybe this itinerary that we propose could help you: here's what to see in Jerusalem in one day!


  1. One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Morning

1 - Old Town, Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher

Breakfast at the Etz Cafe, open from 7:30 in the morning and where you can start the day with a good coffee.

After go through the Jaffa Gate, Jaffa Gate, and walk 400 meters, about 5 minutes, through the streets of the Old City until you reach the church of the Holy Sepulcher, a fundamental place for the Christian religion. Here, in fact, is the tomb where the lifeless body of Jesus Christ was placed following the crucifixion and from which, after three days, he was resurrected and returned to life. Inside is also preserved the stone of the anointing, on which the body of Christ was prepared for burial. Currently the basilica is managed by three communities: the Franciscan, the Greek and the Armenian.

Admission is free and is open from April to September from 5:00 to 21:00 and from October to March from 4:00 to 19:00. If you decide to visit it during certain Christian religious holidays, inquire about the exact opening hours first, as it may vary. Not far away is the "Christian Information Center", where you can find all the information.

2 - Esplanade of the Mosques

Once the visit to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher is over, which will have to take you away about an hour or something more, it is time to proceed with the visit to another very important sacred place, this time for the Islamic religion: the Esplanade of the Mosques.
The Esplanade of the Mosques is just 650 meters from the Basilica and can be reached in just 8 minutes on foot.

Here we are in the Arab quarter and on the esplanade is the Dome of the Rock, one of the symbols of Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa mosque. This place is fundamental for the Islamic religion as, according to tradition, here the Prophet Mohammed was hired into heaven from the rock that is now contained within the dome.

Admission is free and free for everyone, but non-Muslim visitors can only access it from the wooden bridge near the Western Wall and at certain times: in the summer months from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 and from 13:30 to 14:30 and during winter months from 7:30 to 10:30 and from 12:30 and 13:30. During the visit it is It is important to dress properly, with long pants and covered shoulders.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher (free), Esplanade of the Mosques (free)
  • From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: 3-Hour Jerusalem Walking Tour Jerusalem: Small Group Old City Sightseeing Tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Etz Cafe, Yanai St 3 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Afternoon

1 - Western Wall

After the morning visits, we recommend you stop for lunch at the Holy Cafe, a small restaurant in the Jewish quarter and also with tables outside that offers Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine. Very good price quality, you will spend between € 10,00 and € 15,00 per person. There is also the possibility to order a tasting menu, to try various typical dishes.

After regaining your energy, it's time to visit the Western Wall, the holiest place for the Jewish religion. This is the western side of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount which rises on Mount Moriah, where once stood the First and, later, the Second Jewish Temple. On this wall, Jews gather to pray and leave notes with their prayers in the cracks.

It is a place open to all, even to those who are not of the Jewish religion, it is always accessible and there is no entrance fee to pay. When you arrive here you will find two entrances, one dedicated to men, larger on the left, and one dedicated to women, on the right. For the visit it is It is important to dress properly and respectfully he men must wear a kippah or a hat to cover their heads.

2 - City of David

After visiting the Western Wall we advise you to step back in time 3.000 years and visit the incredible City of David, located outside the Dung Gate. It is only 400 meters from the Western Wall, so you can easily reach it on foot in a 5-minute walk.

This it is one of the most visited places of all Jerusalem ed it is the most important archaeological site in Israel, absolutely to be included in your itinerary! It is the point where the city was born at the behest of King David and from which it developed century after century.

The City of David is open to visits at the following times: in winter from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 to 17:00, Friday from 8:00 to 14:00, closed on Saturday; in summer from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 to 19:00, Friday from 8:00 to 16:00, closed on Saturdays.
As for the entrance, you can buy the ticket for the museum and, if you wish, you can also get the one to watch the 3D movie: the first one costs 28 NIS (about € 7,30), reduced for children aged 5 to 18, pensioners and soldiers costs 15 NIS (about € 4,00); the second costs 15 NIS (about € 4,00) for everyone.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 750 m / 9 min
  • Places visited: Western Wall (free), City of David (28 NIS, approx € 7,30)
  • Jerusalem: Full-Day City Tour Jerusalem: Half-Day Holy Places Tour
  • Where to have lunch: Holy Cafe, Tif'eret Israel St - Get directions

One day itinerary in Jerusalem: Evening

1 - Dinner, New Town

After having concluded the visit to the City of David it will be time for dinner and we advise you to move outside the Old Town to reach the New Town, that is the whole part of the city outside the walls where there are the younger neighborhoods and which are still developing.

To get to the New Gate, and therefore to reach the New City, from the City of David you can either cross the Old City on foot, with a walk of about 20 minutes, or by taking bus number 1 or 51 from the Ma'ale stop. HaShalom / Ma'alot Ir David and getting off at Safra Square / Shivte Israel stop.

For dinner you can stop at the Ben-Sira Hummus restaurant, where you can taste typical Israeli cuisine. Open late at night here you can't miss the chickpea hummus, falafel and the dish of the day, which changes every time. Excellent value for money, you will spend an average of € 10,00 per person. After dinner, if you don't have to return to your hotel or other cities, here is full of places to spend the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,8 km / 28 min
  • Places visited: New Town (free)
  • Where to dine: Ben-Sira Hummus, Ben Sira St 3 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • best time: the intermediate seasons, mainly in the months of April, May and October, when the temperature goes from a minimum of 15 ° to a maximum of 25 ° and rainfall is very low
  • you must necessarily arrive at Tel Aviv-Ben-Gurion airport, less than 60 km from Gersulamme; to reach it you can take the Egged buses, the most famous and safe in Israel, at a cost of 16,00 NIS (about € 4,20), bus number 485 from the center of Tel Aviv, ticket cost 18,00 NIS (about € 4,70), or by taxi, average cost 300,00 NIS (approximately € 78,00)
  • papers: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months; a visa is not required for tourist stays under 90 days; upon arrival in Israel you will be given a coupon with all your travel details to always carry with you, even during your visit to Jerusalem
  • safety: this land is disputed between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, has a constantly changing security situation, it is advisable to move while maintaining a vigilant and attentive behavior and to avoid too crowded places; maintain a respectful attitude towards the religions that live together in the city; before leaving, always consult the official website of Fernesina in the Israel section
  • how to move: the best way to get around the city of Jerusalem is on foot, all the attractions are very close to each other and several areas are closed to traffic

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Mount of Olives, east of the Old City
  2. Mount Zion, south of the Old City
  3. Mahane Yehuda Market, large market in Jerusalem
  4. Yad Vashem, Holocaust museum

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