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- The Western WallWestern Wall Plaza, Jerusalem 97500 Israelrecommended The Western WallIt is nothing to say, you need just to feel...Recommended for:recommended The Western WallOne of the holiest sites in an already holy city, the Western Wall is the last remaining wall of one of Jerusalem's great temples, began in 19 BCE by Herod the Great. Today, men and women, many ... read moreHasidic, pray at separate sections of the wall. The cracks between the massive stones are filled with seemingly-infinite written prayers. If you can get a view from higher up, you can take some terrific pictures of the Wall with the Dome of the Rock mosque right above it.Recommended for:
- Via DolorosaVarious places in the city, Jerusalem 19130 Israelrecommended Via DolorosaRecommended for:
- Yad VashemHar Hazikaron, Jerusalem 91034 Israelrecommended Yad VashemRecommended for:
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- Tower of David MuseumJaffa Gate, Jerusalem 91999, Israelrecommended Tower of David MuseumRecommended for:Laura Cabidoche
For one night I stayed in a very cheap hostel (10€ a night) very close to the Tower of David museum and I could sleep on the roof and watch the sunset and the sunrise on the holly sepuchre, the Al Aqsa mosque and the mount of olives. No comfort but such a view is a real luxury. I ll never forget this amazing night! Sorry that I can't remember the exact name of the place but i m pretty sure you can find it in the lonely planet. Enjoy!!
- Old City of Jerusalem Old City, Jerusalem, Israelrecommended Old City of JerusalemI'm not especially religious. In fact, I tend to agree with Bill Maher on this subject. But there's something undeniably powerful about Israel, and the Old City of Jerusalem is the center of it all. ... read moreYou just can't really appreciate what the country, and its conflicts, are all about until you've strolled the streets of Jerusalem, seen the Western Wall and other surrounding ruins, and meandered through the bustling markets. From the spot Jesus was supposedly burried to the rock where Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac (now in the Dome of the Rock mosque), it's impossible not to feel the weight of religious history here, whether or not you believe it. An absolute must-visit.Recommended for:History Buffsrecommended Old City of JerusalemOne of the most utterly enthralling and mesmerising places you'll ever visit in your lifetime and in large part still looks much like it probably did 2,000 years ago. Whether the purpose of your visit ... read moreis based on faith - the city is of equal importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims - or just curiosity you'll be left with the indellible imprint of a place which can't fail to move even the most hardened cynic. Juxtapose that with more contemporary tensions and you'll witness that the Old City isn't just history fossilised, it's the living, breathing, beguiling and fiendishly complex embodiment of it unfolding now. For a really special experience, do try and spend at least one night within the city walls at one of the Christian guest houses - they're not exclusive to pilgrims - and waking up to the sights and sounds of the Old City, which truly is unique.
- Tmol Shilshom5 Solomon St, Jerusalem 91316 Israelrecommended Tmol ShilshomMeaning "Those Were the Days," Tmol Shilshom is is a fantastic cafe/restaurant/bookstore in the heart of Jerusalem, where you can easily spend hours catching up with friends or pouring through a good ... read morebook over some fantastic food and beverages. And you won't be the only one reading here - several of the country's most well known authors have read from their books here, as well. A great, relaxed, funky cafe with tons of personality, good music, and even better food.Recommended for:
- Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel121 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63453, Israelrecommended Renaissance Tel Aviv HotelRight on Gordon Beach. One of my favorite hotels. The balconies have fantastic views. The gym has a steam room, a huge plus!!! A great free breakfast. Walking distance to almost everything in Tel ... read moreAviv.Recommended for:Jay Amernick
Kevin, you can walk right out of this hotel and right on to the beach. Tel Aviv is a lot of fun. Not as heavy as Jerusalem, you will have a blast.
- King Solomon Hotel32 King David St, Jerusalem 94101, Israelrecommended King Solomon HotelGreat location, not as swanky as the King David. Great included breakfast. Walking distance from the Old City.Recommended for:Jay Amernick
Kevin, get a good map of the Old City. Just walking around the Old City is cool. But be aware of where you are. It is very easy to get lost. Thus the good map suggestion. Even if you don't stay at the King David, go there to have a drink on he terrace the view is unreal! Enjoy!
- The American Colony Hotel 1 Louis Vincent Street, Nablus Road PO Box 19215, Jerusalem 97200, Israel
- Church of the NativityManger Squarerecommended Church of the NativityOne of the holiest sites in Christendom. Deeply moving. Arrive early or late to miss the coach parties.Recommended for:
- Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center3, HaTsanhanim (Paratroopers) road, Jerusalem, 91204, Israelrecommended Notre Dame of Jerusalem CenterWhen you think of pilgrimage guesthouses in Jerusalem, think basic but comfortable. This place is something else though. Each of the 150-odd rooms is closer to a four star hotel. Some have splendid ... read moreviews over the old city. There are three restaurants including a rooftop terrace with amazing views over the old city and beyond to the Mount of Olives. All this comes at a slight price premium to other pilgrim guest houses, but if your budget can stand it - well worth it.Recommended for:. Troy
Another option for a place to stay, very close to Damascus Gate.
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- Mount of OlivesMount of Olives Road, Jerusalem, Israelrecommended Mount of OlivesFocus on some of the most splendid views of the Old City, rather than the rather tiresome (and some times aggressive) hawkers peddling everything from guide books "with colour plates" (!) to camel ... read morerides. According to popular belief across Christianity, Judaism and Islam, come the Day of Judgment the Messiah will pass through the Mount of Olives, raise the righteous dead and pass through the (long since bricked up) Golden Gate. Accordingly, graves here are the most exclusive address in the world after death.Recommended for:
- Church of the Holy SepulchreSuq Khan e-Zeit, Jerusalem Israel
- Austrian Hospice37 Via Dolorosa | P.O. Box 19600, Jerusalem, Israelrecommended Austrian HospiceBasic but clean and comfortable accommodations with a location which can't be beaten, bang in the heart of Old Jerusalem, at the foot of the via Dolorosa. The garden area is wonderfully serene and ... read morenon-residents can stop in for a bite to eat or something to drink from the cafe. The roof and its spectacular views over the old city is not to be missed, especially at sunset time. Gets booked out months in advance.Recommended for:. Troy
If you can get a room here (and it gets booked up months ahead)...recommended Austrian HospiceBasic but clean and comfortable accommodations with a location which can't be beaten, bang in the heart of Old Jerusalem, at the foot of the via Dolorosa. The garden area is wonderfully serene and ... read morenon-residents can stop in for a bite to eat or something to drink from the cafe. The roof and its spectacular views over the old city is not to be missed, especially at sunset time. Gets booked out months in advance.Recommended for:
- Neve Tzedekשבזי 64, Tel Aviv, Israelrecommended Neve TzedekRecommended for:
- Four Seasons Hotel AmmanAl-Kindi Street, 5th Circle | Jabal Amman, Amman 11181, Jordanrecommended Four Seasons Hotel AmmanThe best choice in Amman if you want to splurge.Recommended for:
- InterContinental JordanIslamic College Street, Amman 11180, Jordanrecommended InterContinental JordanAs these homogenised places go, this is ok. But a decent choice for a short stay in Amman.Recommended for:
- Moevenpick Resort PetraPO Box 214 | Wadi Mousa, Petra / Wadi Musa 71810, Jordanrecommended Moevenpick Resort PetraJust a short walk to the Petra site entrance and by far the most comfortable hotel in town. There's a mid-size pool, useful for cooling off after a hot and dusty morning spent exploring the ancient ... read morecity.Recommended for: