Jerusalem Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
Jerusalem is not all about religious sites, though the city's spiritual attractions are highlights of this bustling destination. Away from the city's ancient churches like St. Anne and moving memorials, such as the one at Ammunition Hill, there are abundant tourist attractions around Jerusalem, with a wide appeal to suit all ages.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo offers a fun alternative to the city's holy sites and is ideal for a family day out, while the Time Elevator offers visitors an adrenaline-packed journey through history on a simulator. Both of these attractions are a great way for tourists to gain light-hearted insight into the holy city's fascinating past and present.
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Address: Manahat, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 2 675 0111
Offering respite from the busy city, these pleasant gardens feature outdoor and indoor exhibits alike. Inhabiting the grounds of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo are numerous species of fish, birds and reptiles, as well as larger animals such as deer and zebra. Young ones can get up close with the friendlier of the creatures and attractions at the onsite petting zoo, while the visitor centre provides comprehensive information at its Noah's Ark-shaped building.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 09:00 to 19:00, Friday - 09:00 to 16:30, Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discount for children under 18, seniors and soldiers, children under three free
Address: 37 Hilel Street (Agron House), Nahalat Shiva, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 2 625 2227
Taking visitors on a simulator ride through time, the Time Elevator allows passengers to gain insight into Jerusalem's long and fascinating history from a different perspective. Suitable for kids, this fun attraction explores everything from earthquakes, warfare and destruction to Jerusalem's diverse ethnic and religious makeup. The flight through time culminates in a simulated aerial trip over the city.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 10:00 to 20:00, Friday - 10:00 to 15:20, Saturday - 12:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge, discounts for groups, students, Jerusalem residents, seniors and soldiers
Ammunition Hill Memorial
Address: Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 582 8442
Commemorating those who sacrificed their lives in the Six Day War (1967), this moving memorial attracts many Israeli, as well as Jordanian families, who lost close ones in the battle. A compact museum at the Ammunition Hill Memorial gives details on the fight to capture Jordanian-held land to provide passage from Jerusalem to the Hebrew University while authentic trenches used by soldiers in the conflict can still be seen.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 09:00 to 17:00, Friday - 09:00 to 13:00
Admission: charge, discounts from students and children
Address: Conrad Schick Street, Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 627 2745
Considered by some to be the site where Christ died and rose, the Garden Tomb is widely believed today to be a 6th- or 7th-century BC tomb.
Situated beyond the Old City walls close to the Damascus Gate, the burial site features a souvenir store amongst its attractions, and draws hordes of Christian worshippers throughout the year.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 12:15 and 14:30 to 17:15
Church of St. Anne
Address: Lion's Gate (Saint Stephen's Gate), Jerusalem, Israel, IL
Tel: +972 02 628 3285
This interesting Catholic church combines both Islamic and Christian influences alike. Constructed during the Crusades, the Church of St. Anne has passed between Muslim and Christian hands, having been used as a Muslim school at one time. Visitors can attend church services or explore the church out of Mass hours.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00