It was my first time in Jerusalem. We stayed here for 4 days and we could have seen much more, but we were simply not in the mood to rush through all the touristy places in such a short time. If you really want to see a lot of Jerusalem you need at least one week.
But we can still say, that we got a good first overview and impression of Jerusalem because we were lucky to meet a local on our first day who showed us around. (If you read this Seev, I want to thank you again for your kindness 🙂 )
Here are the things I recommend to see and do in and around Jerusalem:
1. Float in the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea was one of the most important things on my bucket list because it is the lowest point on earth! It is a unique and stunning experience to not be able to swim like you would normally do. You can just float on the water.
To reach the Dead Sea from Jerusalem there are different possibilities. You can go by a guided tour or on your own. I heard that there are busses who drive there frequently. We had the chance to go with our new friend Seev :), which was perfect.
I advise you to bring swimming shoes and a lot of sunscreen.
2. Visit the western wall
The western wall, or also known as the wailing wall is the most important religious site for Jews. It is a must see on a trip to Jerusalem! It is located in the center of the old city of Jerusalem.
3. The Temple Mount/ the al-aqsa mosque
This building is impossible to miss on your Jerusalem trip. It is one of the most famous buildings in Jerusalem. The al-aqsa mosque is the third most important place (after Mecca and Medina) for Muslims. Unfortunately the mosque can’t be entered by non-Muslims, which is due to political rules (that’s what a local told us). But the Temple Mount is still worth the visit! Just make sure that you arrive early in the morning, otherwise you might have to queue and wait for a while.
4. Church of the holy sepulchral
There are so many churches in Jerusalem. We don’t even know which ones we have visited 😅 but the most important of them is the church of the holy sepulchral. Christians believe that the church is built on the place where Jesus was buried.
Have you ever been to Jerusalem or are you planning a trip to the holy land? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Until next time, Caro