When booking a trip to Israel you must make sure that Jerusalem is on the list of places to visit. When visiting Jerusalem it is more than just a religious city but is also a city with profound historical and cultural significance. You should allow yourself at least a five day stay in Jerusalem in order to see the major sites plus you need to have the time to walk through the streets of Jerusalem so you can immerse yourself in the daily life of the people who live in such a revered, ancient city.
A bit of background on Jerusalem
Jerusalem lies thirty miles east of the Mediterranean Sea and if you are flying in, the airport is twelve miles west of Jerusalem. When arriving at the airport you can rent a car or take the bus service to your hotel. To help you plan your trip the weather in the winter is cool and rainy while in the summer it is warm and dry.
When staying in Jerusalem you have your choice of top-rated hotels ranging from luxury hotels, to family hotels, and even bed and breakfasts accommodations so you should be able to find hotels within your budget. When staying in Jerusalem there are many things that you can do. If you love to shop you have two different types of shopping venues that include department stores and modern malls in the western part of Jerusalem. In the Old City you can visit different Arab markets which offers visitors a very colorful shopping experience where the rule is that you haggle with the merchants to get a reduced price. One of the specialty items found in the market is ceramics along with many different religious items that incorporate silver, turquoise, and olive wood.
The city’s attractions
For rest and relaxation make sure that you tour the many parks, forests, gardens, and other open areas. The largest parks in Jerusalem are the Sacher Park and the Independence Park. If you love the smell of roses make sure that you visit the Wohl Rose Garden where you can see and smell over six hundred fifty varieties of roses. Jerusalem Forest is said to be have six million trees planted in memory of the Jewish Holocaust victims. There are also places that you can go bicycling and hiking along with indoor and open-air swimming pools.
There are also many museums and libraries that you can visit with the largest one in the country being the Jewish National and University Library that has over two million five hundred thousand volumes along with the world’s premier collection of Judaica, Oriental studies, and archaeology collections. You can see some of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Israel Museum. There are many different landmarks to see along with Ancient Tombs, cemeteries, and especially Temple Mount, Mount Zion, and Mount Olive.