Best Jerusalem Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Jerusalem

Best Jerusalem Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • R B
    United States2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking through history but watch your step. Prepare for the spring water to be cold. Bring a waterproof flashlight. Do not wear flip-flop or shoes that will come off while walking as you are walking through water from ankle to thigh depth. There are potholes where you could twists an ankle, this isn’t for those who have difficulty walking. There are narrows and areas that require sidesteping, bending and stooping. We will do it again.
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PROS
    * Amazing archaeological excavations of Jewish life here 2000 years ago, in the time of Jesus- new discoveries all the time
    * An essential experience for all tourists to Jerusalem
    * Choice of more than one tour path
    * Exciting adventure of walking and exploring in dark sometimes damp labyrinthine passageways
    * Stand at the hidden holiest part of the holy Western Wall
    * Regular tours in English
    * Extremely reasonably prices at 25NIS per adult

    CONS
    * It is always crowded and darkened- one can get lost
    * Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance
    * One needs fair agility to traverse the place, and no anxiety about crowded enclosed places to walk through
    * Only accessible as part of an organized impromptu tour and it can be hard to hear the speaker/lecturer tour guide because of the number of people in the group, your distance from the speaker, the sound acoustics in the tunnel and maybe other nearby competing tour groups.

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... as an activity for two teenagers. I had done it at least twice 10-15 years ago and i had entered the start of the massive excavations 45+ years ago too.

    After registering on line and then being officially registered on site, we received an identity band and joined our tour guide.

    The place was quite crowded- there were multiple competing tour groups going in different directions in the underground passageways.

    I very much enjoyed our tour to the Great Bridge. i especially enjoyed and marveled and was thrilled at being so close to the hidden Western Wall with its smooth perfectly preserved stones, and also seeing the preserved remnants of the bridge as well as the intact theatre area. My group enjoyed it too.

    WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
    Of course

    WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
    Of course- I would then do one of the other tours

    ADVICES
    * Be sure to go- be sure to register and pay online
    * Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time- know where the main entrance is (to the left of the Western Wall plaza as you stand facing it)- directly behind the many water sinks on the men's side
    * Be prepared to enter a crowded darkened underground subterranean tunnels- watch your step- not dangerous but probably not for people with limited mobility
    * Be prepared to learn of the Jewish history and presence here for well over 2000 years, and to see it
    * Be sure to be able to hear your tour guide, and not get distracted by other groups, and to not get separated from the group and then lose your way during your adventure

    FULL DISCLOSURE
    "I visited this place" with the intention and plan to write a thorough complete and "helpful" review and I have attached and submitted many "helpful" photos (which reflect the limited and artificial lighting). If these did "help" you, please indicate that by tikking the "thumbs up" 👍 symbol. Thanks
    Written 14 January 2024
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  • Albert N
    Fiji3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My family had the privilege of experiencing a cultural and gastronomic journey, hosted by the gracious Manu Cohn family back in April. That evening, we were introduced to a traditional Shabbat dinner, an evening imbued with reverence, history, and the rich tapestry of Jewish customs. Being a first for most of us, each Kosher dish was meticulously prepared and laden with tradition, Emanuel explaining the profound reasons behind each dish and the traditions that enveloped them. But the evening wasn’t just about food; it was an enriching exchange of cultures. Before the dinner, a visit to the local Synagogue for the Shabbat evening prayer allowed my father, son, and myself to witness the spiritual depth of the Jewish faith firsthand. In a time where connections are often fleeting and digital, this genuine, face-to-face connection with the Cohn family was a reminder of the magic that unfolds when we take the time to truly understand and appreciate one another's traditions and beliefs. Our heartfelt thanks to Emanuel and the Cohn family all the way from friendly islands of Fiji. Toda raba.
    Written 16 August 2023
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  • TravelingJ1
    Los Angeles7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guide played the traditional asian instruments beautifully--it was very enjoyable and fascinating.
    Written 1 September 2023
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  • Rich-Stamford
    Stamford, CT264 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exhibits and videos highlight people who played a role in establishing Israel. All is well done and informative.
    Written 6 June 2023
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  • Carol H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I purchased some earrings at Zak's. The earrings were unique and reasonably priced - a wonderful reminder of our time here in Jerusalem! A friend had recommended this shop, and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed chatting with Zak - he was very personable and honest.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • newidad
    New York City, NY82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Firstly, if you are coming by light rail, use the exact address to get to the entrance. If not, you’ll end up at the locked back gate or a very large bus depot!
    On arrival, people were helpful and explained what to look at using the very good audio. The museum is cleverly laid out with personal stories and lots of detail - very well presented. Overall, an excellent visit and very well worth the time.
    Written 24 December 2023
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  • Andy Loug
    Москва, Россия304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big choice of local craft beer - both on taps and in bottles. Great kitchen as well, good location and nice people.
    Written 17 March 2023
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  • bfindysz
    Jerusalem District, Israel655 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a stunning, late winter Saturday morning we went to see this little jewelry box of a Russian Orthodox church, which was begun in 1905 by the Czar's sister-in-law, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, but left without a roof by the Communist Revolution and only completed in 2005, after the fall of Communism.

    Once called Moskovia by Arab locals, today 5 golden onion domes, one of which is a bell tower, beckon visitors to explore this off-the-beaten- track convent compound.

    Closed Sundays and holidays, best to go by car on Saturdays because there is no traffic nor charge for parking in Hadassah Hospital complex, which you have to enter to get to the church.
    Taking public transportation would require a very long hike through hospital med school residences just to get to the gate of the convent.

    Hours 10;00-13:00 and 15:30-18:00. Leave time to stroll around the quiet grounds as well as go into the church.
    Written 17 March 2018
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  • Olga P
    Moscow, Russia390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting building (hexagon) and exposure, but for children there is no interactive items, not modern one.
    Written 22 July 2023
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  • Linda C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Daniel and Galit are the best! They are knowledgeable, kind and so entertaining with personal stories. I highly reccomend a visit!
    Written 8 August 2023
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  • David S
    Chicago, IL113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The water goes on every hour for 30 minutes and it was a blast for my child, especially on a hot day. Bring a swim suit!
    Written 14 June 2023
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  • jonathangoff
    Jerusalem, Israel46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 360 degree, panoramic views from the tower are amazing and so unique. No other views like it! Great for friends or family. If you go down one flight of stair from the elevator, you can look at the cool bells in the tower!
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • ERH1818
    Jerusalem, Israel72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came by car and managed the long, narrow, winding road to reach our destination. It was well worth it, as this is a very special and meaningful memorial in a most scenic and beautiful setting. There is also a lovely picnic area right nearby, with plenty of parking.
    Written 15 June 2020
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  • SmileyKay
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From good reads to beautifully crafted souvenirs, you will find here not only exceptional customer service, but also friendly advice regarding what one should absolutely not miss when visiting the Holy Land.
    Written 1 June 2018
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