Local Attractions

Enjoy an alluring blend of traditional and modern attractions in Jerusalem. Tour historic sites, explore bustling markets and indulge in exclusive shopping and dining experiences.

Jerusalem is hailed as one of the most ancient and holy cities in the world. The city boasts many historical sites that are sacred to the three monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Enter the Old City from the Jaffa Gate, minutes from the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. The Old City is divided into quarters—Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim. Visit each quarter, tour the ancient sites and savor each quarter’s unique ambiance.

Steps from the Jaffa Gate is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Christ was crucified and buried. Stroll along to the Wailing Wall, one of the most sacred sites for Judaism, built by King Herod around 19 BC. Visit one of the most famous Islamic sites in the world, Temple Mount, containing the golden Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Wander through the courtyards and marvel at the stone archways and architecture.

Enjoy luxurious days shopping and dining in downtown Jerusalem. Experience the sights and smells of local Jerusalem with a visit to the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. Treat yourself to colorful Middle Eastern jewelry and textiles from the lively vendors. Explore the exclusive boutiques of Alrov Mamilla Shopping Avenue overlooking the Old City. Observe the beautiful stone buildings and sophisticated atmosphere while exploring designer stores.

Featured attractions near the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem:

Old City
Mahane Yehuda Market
Alrov Mamilla Avenue
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Wailing Wall
Al-Aqsa Mosque
The Dome of the Rock
Mount of Olives
Damascus Gate

Jerusalem Zoo – Stretching across 250 dunams (25 hectares /62 acres) in a lovely valley with green hills and new neighborhoods, Jerusalem Zoo also encircles a small lake near the main gate. Spacious lawns and shady beauty spots surround the lake and pools. The zoo is built on two main levels that house most of the animal exhibits. One main, circular route extends the length of both levels and connects most of the sites on the zoo grounds.

Western Wall Tunnels – The fascinating tour of the Western Wall Tunnels reveals hidden layers of the Wall underground. They tell the story of ancient Jerusalem and of generations of longing for it.

Culinary Tour – Food tours are a great way to experience Jerusalem's ethnic groups and population, and the food and bites this city has to offer are one of a kind in Israel. Take a culinary tour of Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda market, or some bites of the old city for true local tastes.

Machane Yehuda Market – Also called the shuk, Machane Yehuda market is one of the most beautiful markets and familiar icons in Israel. You can find everything, ranging from clothes to housewares; flowers, art, accessories; and every variety of fresh and specialty food: sweets, baked goods, meat, fish, eggs, produce, spices, dairy products and so much more. The shuk is also a great venue for Jerusalem’s night life, with restaurants, bars and intimate music clubs.

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