Attractions in Israel
A detailed catalog of the main attractions of Israel with photos and descriptions. All of them are marked on the map, for some sites specified hours of operation and entrance fees, timetable, how to get on their own, by public transport or on excursions from other cities.
Israel – an ancient country with the grandiose historical and natural sights, home to three world religions, where today seamlessly combine antiquity and modernity.
In large cities, old neighborhoods with ancient temples and mosques, always busy markets and poor dilapidated houses coexist with the rich modern neighborhoods of wide streets, skyscrapers and fancy buildings. The most interesting in terms of history and infrastructure of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the cities of Haifa, Eilat.
Popular sightseeing destinations in Israel – to the healing waters of the Dead Sea, the legendary fortress of Massada, the shrines of Jerusalem and Mount Zion.
Planning a vacation in Israel with children, it is worth adding to the list of attractions a huge zoo “Safari” near Tel Aviv and amusement parks in Eilat. See the sea creatures up close you can from the observation deck of the Underwater Observatory, and swim with dolphins – in a suburban reserve “Dolphin Reef”.
What to see in Israel
Church of the Holy Sepulcher (or the Resurrection) is the greatest shrine of the Christian world and the most important place of worship.
Zoological Safari Center in Ramat Gan – a unique attraction, a real African safari.
Mount Zion (Mount Zion) is a familiar sight even to those who have never been to Israel. After all, it is a famous place of attraction.
The Dome of the Rock is one of the legendary mosques of the Temple Mount, located next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (both are part of the Temple Mount.
For millions of Christians around the world, this road has become a major shrine. After all, it was on this rocky road that he made his last.
The Temple Mount is located in Jerusalem, to the east of the Old City. Its high walled area is surrounded by high walls.
One of Israel’s greatest natural attractions is the Negev desert. It occupies about 60% of the entire
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The holy places of Israel: Sights of Jerusalem
The main attractions of Israel are in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the birth of world religions and unfolding events of colossal importance.
The most important holy places of pilgrimage routes of Christians – the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site of Golgotha, and the Way of Sorrow. The main holy site of Jerusalem for the Jews is the half kilometer-long Wailing Wall, or Western Wall, which became a symbol of faith and hope for many generations of Jews. The Temple Mount and King David’s Tomb are unique sites that are sacred to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. South of the mountain is the national archaeological park of David’s Tomb.
Associated with the Bible and the Shrines of the Mount of Olives. Pilgrims visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where, according to legend, the olive trees that grew when Jesus was alive are preserved. Near the garden is the Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
In Nazareth, sacred to Christians, the grotto and the Church of the Annunciation are the most visited shrines in the city.
The second most important Christian church in the Holy Land is the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, at the birthplace of Christ, where one of the most important shrines is the Cave of the Nativity.
Must-see sites in Jerusalem also include the Yad Vashem Memorial Site, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust of 1933-1945.
Panoramic view of the Holy Places of Israel from Airpano.com
Sightseeing in Israel by city
In search of the most diverse sights and primarily interesting museums, we recommend visiting the relatively young city of Tel Aviv, united with the ancient port of Jaffa.
Walking around the old city, look at the Orthodox Church of St. Peter the Apostle and the Righteous Tavitha, a modern museum of Ilana Gur. In Tel Aviv on your own can see exhibitions of the Museum of the Bible, Museum of Art, Meisler and Stern Galleries.
See the eclecticism of the city from the height you can climb to the observation deck of the round tower of the Azrieli Center or the top floor of Israel’s first skyscraper – Talom Tower.
Not far from Eilat stretches the Negev desert – a majestic and desolate land, one of the main natural attractions of Israel. As part of a desert safari or a camel ride you can visit the “Tent of Abraham” and see the archaeological sites. Popular excursion destinations in Eilat – Birdwatching Center, Timna Landscape Park, 25 km from the city, and the Hai Bar Nature Reserve (“Wild Life”).
Central attractions in Haifa and Acre are the shrines of the Bahai World Center and the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel.
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What to see in Israel: 30 best sights
The main historical sites of Israel count for thousands of years. Whether you’re in Jerusalem, the Galilee or in the deserts of southern Israel, you will find incredible historical and archaeological sites. The best tourist sites include sacred biblical sites, excavations of ancient cities and other magnificent structures.
The Dead Sea is a phenomenal phenomenon on planet Earth. Even though the sea has been killed by factories, its beauty can still be enjoyed: from the incredible greenish color of the water to the surrounding Jordanian mountains. Spending a couple of hours by the sea is a nice way to relax, which makes it one of the most enjoyable experiences in Israel.
From the Jordanian side, the Dead Sea is just as beautiful and rewarding for tourists. Photo: unsplash.com
The Old City of Jaffa
The port of Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, is full of warmth. The charms here are endless – hidden alleys, views of the beach and Tel Aviv, interesting history, indoor galleries and street art.
Jaffa is located in the very south of Tel Aviv and is its periphery.
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Sea of Galilee
To really appreciate the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Tiberias otherwise, I recommend hiking up one of the nearby mountains and taking in the view. My personal favorite is Mount Arbel, which has a steep but easy climb. Once you get to the top, you can appreciate the scale of the Sea of Galilee. It is simply gorgeous!
The Sea of Galilee is officially called Lake Tiberias. Photo: wikimedia.org
The Dome of the Rock
The entrance to the Dome of the Rock is only allowed to visitors for a few hours a day. Even then, you will not be allowed to enter the mosque. Despite its modest size, the golden dome and detailed mosaics make this mosque one of the most beautiful buildings in Israel, in my opinion.
Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock mosque. Photo: wikimedia.org
The mosque opens its doors from 8 am to 11 am or 1:15 pm to 3 pm. On Fridays and Muslim holidays, the shrine serves Muslims only. When visiting the Dome, try to dress as modestly as possible.
Not surprisingly, this holocaust museum is quite sobering. Nevertheless, despite the supposed calamities here, this museum is something quite remarkable. The impressive architecture of Yad Vashem takes you on a journey that ends on a positive note, as the walls of the buildings open up to a view of Jerusalem. It is a simple but powerful message of peace and quiet optimism that will be remembered far more than the horrors you learn in the museum.
Yad Vashem Museum. Photo: wikimedia.org
To truly understand Israel and its people, a nation that was built after the Holocaust, this museum simply cannot be missed.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
From the outside, the church looks quite ordinary. But the wailing of the worshippers by candlelight, stunned by its presence, and the smell of incense instantly create a spiritual atmosphere when you step inside. Many believe it is the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Follow the Via Dolorosa to get to the church. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the Middle East!
Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo: wikimedia.org
The temple is in the heart of the Christian Quarter and is open to the public from morning until evening.
Bahai is a quiet religion gaining in popularity and the Baba Temple, located in Haifa Gardens, is considered one of their most sacred sites. Take time to stroll through the immaculately manicured garden and stop at the top for a view of Haifa.
Bahai Gardens. Photo: pixabay.com
Masada is an ancient city located on an isolated rocky plateau that became famous for the Jewish-Roman war that resulted in 960 Jews participating in a mass suicide. Although it may have seemed at first a story of defeat, for the Jewish people Masada is a symbol of unity and defiance.
Masada in Israel. Photo: wikimedia.org
Every year a variety of cultural events take place at the foot of Masada, as well as international opera festivals, during which Israelis and visitors from all over the world have a great opportunity to fully enjoy the art of opera right in the open air.
The Wailing Wall is part of the ancient remains of the wall of the Second Jewish Temple. It is located on the western side of the Temple Mount. It was named the “Wailing Wall” because many Jews pray and weep at the site of the destroyed Temple. Every year millions of Jews from all over the globe visit the wall. Because Muslims control the Temple Mount (the true location of the ancient temples), the Wailing Wall is considered a holy place where Jews can pray.
Old City, Western Wall, Wailing Wall. Photo: wikimedia.org
The Wailing Wall found its place in the Jewish Quarter and occupies the southern part of Old Jerusalem.
The Way of the Cross
If you like to combine walking with history, the Via Dolorosa is worth considering. The Via Dolorosa, which means “path of sorrow,” is about half a mile or just under 1 kilometer long and goes back to the steps of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, near Mount Calvary.
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Every Friday afternoon, hundreds of Christians join the procession through Jerusalem’s Old City, stopping at the 14 Stations of the Cross as they identify with Jesus’ suffering on his journey to crucifixion.
The earliest mention of Bethlehem dates back to 1400 B.C., found on clay tablets consisting of diplomatic correspondence from ancient Egypt. Early Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Church of the Annunciation
The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth marks the place where the angel Gabriel visited Mary and gave her the news that she would give birth to the Son of God.
Church of the Annunciation. Photo: wikimedia.org
The Church of the Twelve Apostles
The Church of the Twelve Apostles got its name from the Gospel account of Jesus’ election of the Twelve events that took place on a mountain in this area of Galilee. Jesus proclaimed Capernaum as his hometown. The Church of the Twelve Apostles is to the east of ancient Capernaum, where the survivors of the 749 earthquake moved.
Church of the Twelve Apostles. Photo: wikimedia.org
The caves of Beit Guvrin
The caves of Beit Guvrin are man-made underground complexes, and they have existed for at least 2,000 years. These archaeological monuments were erected below the ancient twin cities of Maresh and Bet Gouvrin in Lower Judea.
The main significance of the ancient city was to control the main road that led from Jerusalem to the sea. In Roman times, Eleutheropolis was given the status of a city of free citizens, which is how its name is translated.
The Tomb of the Virgin Mary
The tomb, attributed to the Virgin Mary, is in a burial cave that was carved into the rock in the first century AD. Later they expanded it into a cruciform church with a tomb in the center. In the sixth century AD, a church in the shape of an octagon was built on the upper level of the covered tomb. This is the burial place of Mary, the mother of Jesus in both Islamic and Christian traditions.
Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives
The octagonal chapel on the Mount of Olives was erected over ancient structures. According to tradition, this is the sacred place where Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after his resurrection.
The Tomb of the Last Supper on Mount Zion
On the upper floor of King David’s tomb was the Chamber of the Last Supper, also called the Cenacle, considered one of the most sacred places of Christianity in Jerusalem because, according to tradition, it was where the Last Supper was held. The word “Cenacle” comes from the Latin word for “dining room” in memory of the festive Passover meal that Jesus shared with his apostles on the eve of his death.
The Upper Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Photo: wikimedia.org The upper room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Photo: wikimedia.org
Admission to the upper chamber of the Upper Chamber is free and unobstructed. You need to get to Mount Zion, to the Zion Gate of the Old City.
During the summer season, be sure to bring water and a hat. Without it, you won’t feel comfortable on a high mountain in the blazing sun.
The Mount of Olives
In the New Testament, Jesus often traveled through the Mount of Olives, a 40-minute walk from the Temple to Bethany. He also went there to pray or to rest. Jesus descended the mountain during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, lamenting the coming destruction of the city along the way. In a major address to his disciples on the mountain, he predicted his Second Coming.
The Jordan River
The Jordan River begins in the northeastern corner of the Hula Valley in Israel, flowing south to the Sea of Galilee and then to the Dead Sea near Jericho. The river is about 250 kilometers long. Throughout history, the Jordan has been an important natural feature of the country, marked by political and religious conflicts. In modern times, the river serves both as a geopolitical frontier and a source of religious fascination, especially for Christians.
The Jordan River already resembles a swamp in some places, but still remains a sacred place for Christians. Photo: wikimedia.org
Underwater Observatory (Eilat)
The Marine Park Underwater Observatory has many different displays that you can explore during your visit. Watch turtles and rays glide in their pools, or peek into the rare fish tank to see rare fish and coral.
The underwater observatory in Eilat. Photo: wikimedia.org
The observatory in Eilat consists of three levels. The lower one is a glass tunnel with people walking around inside and the mesmerizing underwater life flowing outside. Sharks, rays, jellyfish and flocks of colorful fish swim past the visitors, among the colorful corals hide moray eels and octopuses. At certain hours the feeding of the sea creatures begins, and everyone can watch.
Oasis of Ein Gedi
Oasis of Ein Gedi is located on the western shore of the Dead Sea and is the largest oasis in the Israeli desert. It is watered by four springs. Its fresh waters have enabled the settlement to survive since ancient times and have been mentioned several times in the Bible as a fertile place.
Everyone can take treatments at the health spa complex. They consist of covering the body with natural healing mud followed by bathing in the water of the hot spring. You may take a hydrogen sulphide bath, specific smell of which is compensated by its evident therapeutic effect. In the spa complex you can purchase skin and hair care products with valuable sea salts, which are highly valued in Israel and around the world.
Tower of David
Tower of David is a world famous historical and archaeological site. The tower is a medieval fortress located near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City and has been a symbol of Jerusalem for generations.
Tower of David. Photo: wikimedia.org
The Azrieli Center is a huge complex of skyscrapers in Tel Aviv. At the core of the center is a giant shopping mall.
Pagoda House in Tel Aviv
Named after a Belgian monarch who was a personal friend of Mayor Dizengoff, this prominent square is surrounded by interesting monuments. The Bauhaus-style pagoda house, converted into a luxury apartment building, was built in 1924 as a private home. The ornament on the roof gives the building its name. The house attracts many curious people who try to catch a glimpse of its inhabitants.
Pagoda House. Photo: wikimedia.org
Israel’s National Museum of Science or “MadaTek” (Haifa)
This museum is known for teaching a number of scientific concepts, including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, acoustics, robotics, aeronautics and communications, through interactive exhibits and an educational center.
Caesarea National Park⠀
Caesarea National Park is one of the most visited places in Israel. Its significant archaeological remains are the result of more than 2000 years of history.
You can reach Caesarea by train or car on the Tel Aviv-Haifa direct road (half an hour drive). From Tel Aviv it will take you about 45 minutes.
Grottoes of Rosh HaNikra (northern Israel)
Rosh Hanikra is an incredible geological structure at the farthest point on the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel in the West Galilee region. The grottos and caves at Rosh Hanikra are the result of thousands of years of sea influence, and after a short but thrilling cable car ride down the cliff face, visitors can explore these incredible formations for themselves by following the trails throughout the year.
Rosh Ha-Nikra Grottoes. Photo: wikimedia.org
Today, the reserve is completely rebuilt for tourism. For example, a funicular has appeared here for a convenient descent to the grottoes. The darkest grottoes are illuminated, and in some caves you can see how the color of the water changes during the day.
Neve Tzedek is an unusual neighborhood known for its old-time charm. Neve Tzedek is a place where visitors can wander and learn more about the history of Tel Aviv. This part of the city was built in the late 1800s and served as a central neighborhood in the early days of Jewish settlement in the region. Neve Tzedek is considered the heart and soul of Tel Aviv.
Neve Tzedek. Photo: wikimedia.org
Located in the center of Tel Aviv, Frishman Beach is popular for many reasons. The beach is clean, accessible and suitable for families. Holidays at the Frishman are guaranteed to be a pleasant experience. There are several beach volleyball courts along the beach, as well as an outdoor fitness center for those who want to enjoy an outdoor workout. What could be better than working out on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea?
Frischman Beach. Photo: wikimedia.org
A quick dip in the sea with shallow water entry makes Frishman Beach an obvious choice for families with young children in Tel Aviv.
An explosion of fun that the whole family is sure to enjoy, Luna Park is an exciting theme park where guests can ride roller coasters and take part in a number of other thrilling rides. Luna Park is located in the center of Tel Aviv and offers wild entertainment suitable for all age groups.