Nature & parks in Jerusalem

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Nature & Parks in Jerusalem

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  • RohanChristian
    Ahmedabad, India183 contributions
    well maintained. the trees are very old and well maintained, were lucky to reach early so not much rush.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • KosherAndGlutenFree
    New Jersey265 contributions
    The zoo is located in the southern part of Jerusalem, about 20 minutes by car/taxi.

    We went on January 1, with the temperature in the mid 50s and the animals were quite active.

    The best exhibit (IMHO) was an aviary, where about 30 very colorful birds sat on branches and bushes and tweated, They were just beautiful and you could walk right up to them.

    The zoo also has the usual elephants, lions, tigers, baboons, penguins, some fish in tanks.

    Not a "must do" but it's a great place to take kids who don't care about ancient churches or biblical tunnels.

    There is a snack shop and small gift shop.

    We spent about 2.5 hours and saw just about everything.

    This is not the Bronx Zoo or the San Diego Zoo, but there aren't that many things in Jerusalem to excite 7 years olds. This is one.
    Written 5 January 2023
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  • Ellen G
    Plainview, NY167 contributions
    We came here because the site we wanted to visit was closed, and I am so glad we did. The archeologists have recreated some of the original decorations in Herod's palace, and by doing that you can glimpse the magnificance that once was there. It made visiting much more meaningful than just having a sign giving the information. This is a place that will prove to be a highlight of your trip.
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Linda Y
    Frisco, TX5,648 contributions
    The Haas promenade offers a sweeping view of Jerusalem. If you’re after a daylight view, try to go on a clear, sunny day. We visited around noon, and with the sun to our back, the contrast of blue sky against the white buildings was spectacular! A plaque points out the major landmarks. The old and the new, with several thousand years of history in between – stretched out in front of you!
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • KirillOussov
    Johannesburg, South Africa596 contributions
    We found this place by luck. It is a natural untouched beach and pristine Dead Sea water. There are layers of mud covering the beach and you could cover your body with it, instead of using those mud packs from the shop.

    The water in the sea is much less salty than in the resorts, where the water is much thicker. It is also much cooler.

    The beaches on this side are wild and very stretched so you barely see anyone. So we bumped into a few nude people, who were having a mud treatment and swimming in the sea. So if this is your thing, you might consider coming here for that.

    On the caution side, there is a layer of self formed salt crystals in the mud in the sea, so be careful when you walk on the beach or in the water. After 5-10m from the coast line, the mud changes to sand.

    Lastly, the beach that I am referring to is located on the road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea resorts, right after the police block. You will see a parking space on the right hand side.

    Please take note that there is quick sand in the area approximately 5 km from my reference point, so don't go too far.

    Enjoy it!
    Written 17 June 2017
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  • Sebastian L
    26 contributions
    High diversity of different, amazing forms. Incredible scenery given the illumination. Some interesting information provided by guide. Easy access from Jerusalem.
    Written 25 August 2020
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  • Lipa
    Tel Aviv, Israel11 contributions
    This is an oasis of peace sandwiched between busy high roads. I am not a botanist, but enjoy wandering through the paths between exotic species.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,517 contributions
    During our visit to Jerusalem we visited the upper Kidron Valley twice, in the part bordering the city.
    In truth, while today this name is given to the entire valley, up to the Dead Sea, it seems that in the past Kidron Valley was considered precisely only the one closest to the city
    However, the first time we only overlooked the valley by walking along the east wall of the city. The second time we spent a good part of an afternoon on our route: we took the bus from the Lions' Gate and got off at the Mount of Olives (which closes the valley to the east) at the bus stop at the Chapel of the Ascension. From here we gradually descended towards the valley floor, visiting the accessible sights, finally from the valley floor we walked to the entrance of the "City of David".
    After the walled city of Jerusalem, there is no other place so evocative in the nearby area. The Kidron Valley right in correspondence with the center itself (and even further upstream) is called by the Hebrew Bible "Valley of Josaphat", regarding which - apparently starting from the fourth century AD. C. - the tradition is formed that in it will take place, at the end of time, the return of the prophet Elijah, the arrival of the Messiah, the War of Gog and Magog and Judgment Day. Due to this tradition, a wide part of the valley is dotted today with tombs. However, the tombs are not only Jewish, since for centuries they have been juxtaposed (on the side of the valley closest to the city) with Muslim cemetery areas.
    Descending, we visited in succession the little church called “Dominus flevit” (The Lord cried); the olive grove (now fenced off) which is traditionally identified with the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus' last prayer and Judas' betrayal took place; the adjacent so-called “Church of All Nations”, which since the 1920s stands on the believed place of Jesus' prayer, where from the 4th century AD. C. churches follow one another, then destroyed by earthquakes or other events. Afterwards, we thoroughly visited the church (run by Orthodox Christians) built on the supposed tomb of the Virgin Mary.
    We were also aware that in the valley floor there was a bridge, now disappeared: from it it's said that the High Priest drove the "scapegoat" towards the wilderness, to make him take away the sins of the population, on the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
    We didn't visit the so-called ancient Jewish tombs of Absalon, Benei Hazir and Zechariah. Nor was the Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene, which was closed.
    But even so, we returned to the city overwhelmed by the memories present in this valley, or that are connected to it.
    Written 26 December 2022
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  • tensi78
    Lod, Israel2,383 contributions
    Thursday noon is a right time-came just in time for butterflies exhibition,before it closes for the day.And aquarium is very lovely-not as big as i thought,but a lot of sea inhabitants to see,especially different fish.Some nice worker gave us a bit of useful information. About hour and half total time ,worth the money
    Written 20 November 2021
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  • PROS
    * Nice hiking in the scenic Jerusalem hills- numerous trails
    * Close to the city
    Very popular with the local natives
    * Many options for enjoying nature, for picknicking for hiking for bicycling for camping and for playing
    * Visit terraced farming villages from 2000 years ago
    * Learn about ancient agricultural and architectural methods
    * Visit (and even enter) ancient caves and natural spring water pools

    CONS
    * Can be crowded
    * Minimal- if any- public transportation access

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    .... with four boys ages 5 to 14. It was hot and sunny- we started on the surround and circle Mount Strong hike, which is on a wide jeep road but it has total sun exposure. We didn't have the time nor supplies (and the boys didn't have the interest nor resilience) to complete the loop of more than two hours, so we did enjoy our adventure, but we turned back.... full disclosure- the same thing happened two other times in the past year- failed attempts with young charges.

    ADVICES
    This is certainly a well-organized and well equipped and famous nature reserve. As such, it is a good holiday spot and a good place for hiking in nature, but not far from the city of Jerusalem. I certainly endorse and recommend a visit to here.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Temper43 - Alfredo
    Panama City, Panama1,297 contributions
    Interesting cave or former quarry of stone for the rest of the Old City in Herodian times, due to Covid 19, sometimes it maybe closed and they are also doing some restorations, it is a huge site, and in the past they did concerts there
    Written 7 September 2021
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  • Rina H.
    Mevaseret Zion, Israel523 contributions
    We were in inbal hotel went for a walk. Great location, in the other side is the windmill of mishkenot Shaan animals. Needs to improve accessibility for wheelchairs
    Written 5 October 2019
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  • glennharrold
    Scotland, UK3,100 contributions
    Scenic views and panoramas of Jerusalem - handy to get your bearings of the city and see iconic landmarks high up on the hill. Gardens uneventful tho!
    Written 29 September 2019
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  • Lipa
    Tel Aviv, Israel11 contributions
    An extraordinary countryside experience sandwiched between busy main roads. A piece of wild land has been carved out, partly for gazelles and partly for people. Once you are in the valley it is hard to believe that you are surrounded by the city. If you want to see gazelles go early in the morning or in the evening. The gazelle section is separated from the people section. The Visitors Centre is staffed and helpful, with maps in Hebrew English and other languages. One warning: the path marked on the map as a cycle path only exists in part, and even that part is not for the fainthearted, either in terms of the surface or the slope!
    I only discovered this park about two months ago, and have been at least six times since: it is only a 10 minute trip along cycle paths from my home in central Jerusalem. Apart from the gazelles there are other forms of wildlife, many different species of birds, plants… And yesterday I nearly cycled over a baby tortoise or possibly a turtle.
    Written 19 June 2020
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  • tuteylp
    Jerusalem, Israel23 contributions
    Entrance is free. There are of course the roses. Every rose bush has its name. There are shown with their original country, or with their shape. There is a pond and a Japanese garden, also e small waterfall. Birds like this place, and is not rare to be joined by a hoopoe. Many paths lead to the park. On Friday morning you see groups of people enjoying the fresh air doing tai-chi. One thing you do not find....noise!
    Written 8 January 2020
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