Flights to Jerusalem end up at the main point of entry to Israel’s capital, the Ben Gurion International Airport located near Lod. Locals call it Natbag, derived from its initials in the Hebrew language. This first-class airport holds one of the largest duty-free malls. Airfare to Jerusalem can be lowered by taking economy class seats. Cheap flights to Jerusalem can also be obtained by comparing various airfare rates online. Before booking Jerusalem flights, make sure to add at least two hours prior to check-in time at the hotel to be able to arrive in time after security procedures. Be advised that security is an extreme measure in this country.
There are basically three ways to get around the city: by bus, by taxi or by foot. The bus is the most effective means of transport, but be sure to get a bus route guide for this one. Locals may not be able to help you especially if they are not familiar with the route you want to take. Be aware of some taxi drivers though. Do not let drivers charge a fixed rate or drive you through scenic spots without your consent. Since many spots within the city are walking friendly, consider taking a good exercise to visit choice destinations.
The Temple Mount and the Western “Wailing” Wall is probably the most famous tourist attraction in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Old City also holds the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the most sacred Christian spot in the whole world. There are many other historical sites in the area notably the Tower of David, the Damascus Gate, Zion Mountain, Mount of Olives, the Garden Tomb, the Syriac Church, and the Tunshuq Palace. Famous museums in the area include the Israel Museum, the Yad Vashem, and the Armenian Museum.
The Old City’s market is probably the best place to shop. The shops provide a variety of goods and items including spices, bed covers, body ornaments, souvenirs, shirts, and many more. As a multicultural city, Jerusalem offers a variety of foods including Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European cuisine. As a recommendation, check out restaurants with Arabic or Hebrew speaking natives to experience the local dishes and delicacies. For a good night out in the city, go out with friends or locals to several clubs and bars like the Artel Jazz Club, HAOMAN 17, Stardust, Sira, and Daila.
Jerusalem is served by Ben Gurion Intl Airport (Tel Aviv, Israel)
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