The official capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is a holy city to three different religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Although Israel is often perceived as a difficult destination, many thousands of tourists come here to visit the significant religious sites. There is a huge choice of tourist accommodation in Jerusalem, everything from business hotels to locally-run hostels.
Top Jerusalem Attractions
In the Jewish religion, Jerusalem's Western Wall is the most holy religious site, second only to the Temple Mount just outside the city. There are two main Muslim sites on Temple Mount too, the Dome of the Rock mosque and another mosque named al-Asqa. Meanwhile, Christian visitors pay their respects at the Cenacle on Mount Zion, where the last supper is supposed to have taken place, as well the site of the crucifixion on Golgotha.
Kids and Families
Many of Jerusalem's museums and cultural centres make a real effort to appeal to young visitors and the Youth Wing of the Israel Museum features many interactive exhibits as well as a pleasant outdoor sculpture garden. The Kifzuba amusement park outside the city is a huge indoor playground which will allow young visitors to blow off some steam after all that sightseeing. Independence Park is one of the most popular city centre gardens if you want to escape the bustle of the city for a while.
Hotels in Jerusalem
Tourists looking for cheap hotels in Jerusalem should head for the outskirts of the Old City where there are severally locally owned Jerusalem hotels and hostels designed for backpackers and are very close to all of the main tourist sites. Jerusalem hotels in the more modern parts of the city tend to be familiar chain hotels, offering the expected high standards at higher prices.