Shabbat in Jerusalem
Welcome to the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel! We thank you for choosing to spend your weekend at the Inbal Hotel and in Jerusalem.
What is there to do on Shabbat in Jerusalem? You have come to the right place. We have compiled here a number of recommendations for attractions and activities in Jerusalem that are open and can be visited on Saturday. Many can be reached on foot in just a short walk from the hotel.
If you are in Jerusalem, this is a great time to go to the Western Wall and put a note into the wall with your innermost wishes. This is a great family activity with children. On the way, check out the attractions of the Old City, including the ancient walls, the market, and the courtyards of the Jewish Quarter.
This magnificent 300-year-old synagogue was brought to Israel in its entirety from Conegliano Veneto, a small town north of Venice, and accurately restored. During the week, it functions as a museum, but on Shabbat, it is used by the Italian community living in Jerusalem. It is fascinating to visit the impressive synagogue, and even more special to visit it when the Italian community prays in the sanctuary in their original Italian style.
Hillel Street 25
Jerusalem’s historic movie complex features four theaters, (two large and two small) a large film archive, a restaurant, and a terrace with a beautiful panoramic view of the walls of the Old City and the Valley of Ben Hinnom.
11 Hebron Road
The Israel Museum is the largest and most important museum in Israel. The museum is divided into different sections for art, Jewish art, archeology, and the youth area, which offers special activities and exhibitions for children and families. The Book Hall tells the story of the Dead Sea scrolls, which are also on display here. Next to that is a model of Jerusalem in the days of the
This new aquarium includes about 200 species of animals that live in the sea. In the center of the aquarium is a pool where you can see exotic fish swimming freely. The highlight of the center is a tunnel that makes you feel like you are underwater, with fish and sharks swimming above.
Derech Aharon Shulov Street 1
The Biblical Zoo is a large area with dozens of spectacular animal displays, an artificial lake, spacious lawns and plenty of shady green shady corners. You will also find a charming area for children that includes a petting zoo.
Aharon Shulov 1
Saturday 9: 00-17: 00
The largest botanical garden in Israel contains the largest and richest collection of living plants in the Middle East – over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from around the world. You can see the flowers blooming during any season of the year. The garden also serves as a recreation center for adults and children, and hosts a variety of tours and cultural events.
Saturday in winter 9: 00-17: 00
Saturday summer 9: 00-18: 00
1 Zalman Shneur Street (near the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University).
This modern movie complex boasts 16 theaters showing new films using the most advanced technology. The complex also includes a 4DX hall. In the surrounding complex, you can find cafes and restaurants, a commercial area, and an indoor car park.
4 Naomi St.
Jerusalem Bowling is one of the largest and most spacious bowling clubs in the country, with
18 state-of-the-art lanes and huge LCD display screens. The venue also has a nice billiard club with a relaxed atmosphere and a bar stocked with drinks.
Saturday 10: 00-00: 00
Lev Talpiot Mall, 17 Hauman Street
One of the most famous symbols of Jerusalem, the “mifletzet” is a huge red, black and white monster slide with three “tongues” that attracts children from all over the city.
Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood, Rabinowitz Park
Admission to the park is free 24/7
An impressive building built in the middle of the 19th century, the hospice is known for its views of the rooftops of the Old City and for the cafe serving its famous Viennese strudel.
Via Dollarosa 37
The ice cream parlor Gelato Variegato is one of the trendiest places in Jerusalem.
29 Azza Road
Saturday 9:00- 00:00
Gazelle Park is about 250 dunams in the heart of Jerusalem. The valley has five natural and artificial ponds, two flowing streams, bird and animal observation stations, natural wildlife habitats, an artificial island, and about 30 deer roaming freely in the wild.
Admission to the park is free, but opening hours vary depending on the season.
Directions: Put Gazelle Valley in Waze
This picturesque neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in Jerusalem, with a rustic and magical character that allows you to escape from the noise and bustle of the city.
In Ein Kerem you will encounter charming landscapes, magical corners, Arab stone houses, churches and monasteries, interesting historical sites, narrow alleys, art galleries, and lots of boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants.
One recommendation: Visit the “Sweet N’ Kerem” chocolate factory for quality Belgian chocolate and ice cream
This climbing wall is located in the heart of the city center and is appropriate for teens and older children. Check the website for opening hours.
Saturday 10: 00-23: 00
7 Yitzhak Elishar Street
For more information – 02-539-8991.
Browse or purchase original handmade Armenian ceramics. It is recommended to visit as part of a tour of the Armenian Quarter in the Old City.
77 Armenian Patriarchate Street
Jerusalem’s “Central Park” covers an area of about 3 dunams, with lovely seating areas, bike paths, a huge dog park, endless lawns, a sports field complex (including a skatepark), a TRX plaza, and much more. Its recently-renovated playground is perhaps the best in the city, with a wide range of innovative play facilities, tall slides, rope bridges, and much more. The park is accessible for children with disabilities.
1 Yitzhak Street, Jerusalem
Admission to the park is free 24/7
The Armon Hanatziv lookout provides a spectacular view of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, and the Moab Mountains. From the lookout point, you can see the Dome of the Rock in the Old City, the Dormition Church, the Mount of Olives, the Hebrew University Tower, and much more.
The promenade is suitable for all ages, perfect for photographers, and stroller-friendly.
On the west side, where the Sherover Promenade meets the Peace Forest, there are rock climbing, a sports facility, and Segway tours.
Convenient parking can be found at the corner of Daniel Yanovski and Olei Hagardom streets.
The Artists House in Jerusalem is located in the historic building that served as the home of the Bezalel Art School at the beginning of the 20th century. Today is an exhibition center for Jerusalem artists. The Artists House offers a diverse mix of Israeli and international art. Throughout the year, it hosts exhibitions of up-and-coming young artists presenting their work for the first time, veteran Israeli and international artists, and more.
Saturday 11: 00-14: 00
12 Shmuel Hanagid Street, Jerusalem
This museum presents children with examples of science and technology as an integral part of modern culture. Its various exhibitions are suitable for different ages, with tours and interactive activities for the whole family.
Museums Boulevard 3 Jerusalem
Open Saturday 10: 00-16: 00
Admission is free with advance registration only. More details – 02-6544888.
The First Station complex is located in the place where the old train station of Jerusalem was once located. The station has recently been revitalized and redesigned while retaining many of the architectural designs of the train station, and now serves as a cultural center with restaurants, cafes, cultural and art events, leisure, sports, and activities for families.
4 David Remez Street, Jerusalem
Open 7 days a week
A short walk from the hotel, the Museum of Islam is home to two important and rare collections:
A large collection of Islamic art and a rare collection of watches by Sir David Salomons are considered one of the most unique timepiece collections in the world.
2 Palmach St.
Open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00
Tickets must be booked in advance. For details – 02-5661291.
This museum has many important archeological finds from around the Jerusalem area and the entire country. Among the exhibits are ancient human bones found in the caves of the Carmel region. The museum is located next to the Old City walls.
27 Sultan Suleiman St. (near the Flower Gate – a short drive from Safra Square parallel to the Old City Wall).
Open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00
On Saturday, admission is free with no need to register in advance.
For more details – 02-6708884.
Mishkenot Sha’ananim is the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. In its center is the famous Moses Montefiore windmill, which was recently renovated and restored to be a center of entertainment, leisure, and culture. In addition to providing beautiful views of the Old City, you can see Montefiore’s original restored stagecoach.
To learn more about the neighborhood and the story of the windmill, join a free tour (accessible for Shabbat observers) by booking in advance here.