Jerusalem is a magical city for any visitor, but for those exploring the city on their own there are several experiences not to be missed. Here are the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem to check out on your own:

Join a Food Tour in the Shuk

Available from many companies and guides during the day or the evening, exploring Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market is one of the best ways to enjoy the city and its unique mix of cultures and traditions. This summer, the sprawling outdoor market is celebrating 100 years since it was first founded by a small group of produce growers on the edge of the city during its rule by the Ottoman empire.

YallaBasta is just one of the companies that offers tours that individuals can join, as well as self-guided options, complete with several tastings from the most well-known merchants and vendors. Whether you take a tour or wander around on your own, there is no doubt that is one of the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem, while at the same time also a place to experience authentic daily life in the city.

Visit the Israel Museum, one of the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, perched on a hill overlooking the Valley of the Cross, is not to be missed. With a large collection of art, archaeology as well as other historical exhibits, including the Dead Sea scroll, visitors could spend a whole day here. Don’t forget to also explore the gardens and outdoor sculptures on the museum’s grounds.

Enjoy a Quiet Visit to the Western Wall, one of the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem

The Western Wall probably tops the list of most visitors to Jerusalem. But one of the best ways to experience it, especially for solo travelers, is to visit at night or early in the morning. Being in this powerful place as the sun is rising or setting makes it feel even more special. The early morning and sunset hours also attract large numbers of Jewish worshippers, joining minyans for the morning or evening prayers, offering a glimpse into the ancient traditions of the religion that are still alive today.

Hike in Ein Kerem

The quaint village of Ein Kerem, filled with churches, synagogues and artists workshops, is one of the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem. In addition, it is one of the best places to hike and enjoy the landscape of the hills around Jerusalem. There are several trails that begin in the heart of Ein Kerem, and pass through olive groves, streams and other nature.

Walk on the Old City Walls, one of the best tourist attractions in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is famous for its 16th century city walls. But not everyone realizes these walls are open for visitors to walk on top of, gaining a unique and fascinating perspective into the city below. Called The Ramparts Walk, there are two routes that visitors can independently walk along the tops of the walls. One starts near the Tower of David and includes the wall on the edges of the Armenian Quarter, ending near the Western Wall, The other route, which starts at the tourist information office just inside the Jaffa Gate, goes along the top of the wall on the eastern edge of the city, passing over the Damascus Gate.
The walls are open to walkers each day, including Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but close at 2 p.m. on Fridays. 

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