Jerusalem Old City Ramparts Walk

Scant information exists on the Ramparts Walk around the perimeter of the Old City of Jerusalem. One of the most popular tourist sites in Jerusalem, the Old City is filled with exotic smells, flavors, and history. The Ramparts Walk is a way to see the Old City and the new city from a high vantage point. You can start at multiple locations, though the easiest to find is at Jaffa Gate.

Entrance fee is NIS16 for and adult and NIS8 for a child (at least 8 years old is recommended) and the hours are 8am-4pm Sun.-Thurs., though you can enter right before 4pm and still get out at your leisure.

Just to the right of the entrance to Jaffa Gate is a small sign with an arrow:

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The southern entrance to the Ramparts Walk at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Genevieve Belmaker/All Rights Reserved)

Follow that alongside the outer wall of the city until you reach a tiny metal gate and a staffer who will take your money.

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The entrance gate to the southern section of the Ramparts Walk in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Genevieve Belmaker/All Rights Reserved)

If you come at the end of the day just before closing, your ticket is good for the following day. Taking the Ramparts Walk about 1 hour before sunset is an incredible way to see east and west Jerusalem. Really sturdy shoes are a must. There are railings, but take your time and don’t rush as the stones can be uneven and slippery at times.

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A portion of the southern section of the Ramparts Walk in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Genevieve Belmaker/All Rights Reserved)

All along the way there are historical markers with explanations of the area. You can descend at several different points, though the closest from Jaffa Gate is about 25 minutes.

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A portion of the southern section of the Ramparts Walk in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Genevieve Belmaker/All Rights Reserved)
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The Truth About Bethlehem

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It’s not quite the holiday season yet, but if you plan on visiting Bethlehem for Christmas, there are a few things to be aware of. If you’re visiting from a foreign country, or are not familiar with Bethlehem, this will especially apply:

1. Hire a tour guide in Jerusalem who will take you in and out of Bethlehem. Get a recommendation from one of the more established and reputable hotels for a guide, and plan as far in advance as possible.
2. Take your passport, you’ll need it to get in and out.
3. If you go during Shabbat/Sabbath on Saturday, expect more of a crowd once in Bethlehem.
4. Try your best not to drive. Either hire a taxi after you cross through the checkpoint, or hire a tour guide who will drive.
5. If you are unsure where to go, just look for Manger Square. It is the center or town, and where most shops and tourist attractions are.
6. Don’t hire a tour guide once you’re at the Church of the Nativity. They will charge too much, even though they will try to say they are registered or authorized, they might be bogus.
7. Start working your way back to your hotel about an hour before nightfall, especially if it is your first time in the area.
8. Don’t be shocked when you see numerous heavily armed Palestinian soldiers on the sidewalks. This is “normal” for Bethlehem, particularly during the holiday season.
9. If you buy anything from the shouk (open-air market) be prepared to be told that everything is “antique” which will make the price higher. Things might not necessarily be antique and the prices will be higher if you’re a tourist.

Israel Information Centers

Though it is available online, basic tourism information about Israel can be remarkably difficult to find. Following is a list of many (not all) of the tourist information centers in Israel, courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism:

Ben Gurion Airport

Entrance Hall
Telephone: 03-9754260
Fax: 03-9754264
E-mail: doritk@tourism.gov.il
Opening hours: All the time (24/7)

Jerusalem
Address: Jaffa Gate, Omar Katab Square in the Old City
Telephone: 02-6280403 ; 02-6271422 ; 02-6276429
Fax: 02-6271362
E-mail: orenm@tourism.gov.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 8:30am-5:00pm; Fri: 8:00am-1:30pm

Nazareth
Address: Casanova st.
Telephone: 04-6750555
Fax: 04-6753078
E-mail: ronnye@tourism.gov.il
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm ; Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm

Eilat
Address: 8 Beit Hagesher st.
Telephone: 08-6309111
Fax: 08-6339122
E-mail: eilatinfo@tourism.gov.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 8:30am-5:00pm ; Fri 8:00am-1:00pm

Golan
Address: P.O.Box 175, Katzerin 12990
Telephone: 04-6962885
Fax: 04-6963630
E-mail: tour@golan.org.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:30am-5:00pm ; Fri: 8:30am-1:30pm

Upper Galilee
Address: 70 Tel Hai Blvd. Kiryat Shemona
Telephone: 04-6817152
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-5:00pm : Fri: 8:00am-1:00pm

Upper Galilee
Address: Mahanayim Junction
Telephone: 04-6903737
Opening hours: Sun-Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm

Upper Galilee
Sefat, Hazor, Rosh Pina Tourism Association
Address: Center of the Galilee Mall, at the entrance to Rosh Pina
Telephone: 1-800-323223 ; 04-6801465
Fax:04-6391917
E-Mail:zhr@zhr.org.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm

Tiberias
Address: Habanim st. Archaeological Park
Telephone: 04-6725666
Fax: 04-6725062
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 9:00 -16:00, Fri: 8:30 – 12:30

Nazareth
Address: Han Al Basha Building
Telephone: 04-6011072
Fax: 04-6469308
E-mail: board@nazarethboard.org

Jordan Valley
Jordan Valley Regional Council
Address: Comercial Center, Zemah Junction
Telephone: 04-6752727
Fax: 04-6709454
E-mail: tour@j-v.org.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-4:00pm : Fri, Sat & Holidays: 9:00am-2:00pm

Haifa
Haifa Tourist Association
Address: 48 Ben Gurion st., The German Colony
Telephone: 1-800-305090
Internet site: http://tour-haifa.co.il/
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-5:00pm : Fri: 09:00am-1:00pm ; Sat: 10:00am-3:00pm

Carmelim
Carmel Beach Regional Council
Kibbutz Ein Carmel
Tel. 04-8136239/40
Internet site: www.carmelim.org.il

Carmelim
Address: The Cave Strean Nature Reserve
Telephone: 04-9841750
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-4:00pm : Fri: 08:00am-1:00pm; Sat: 8:00am-5:00pm

Carmelim
Address: Hameyasdim st. Zichron Yaakov
Telephone: 04-6398892
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-1:00pm

Netanya
Address: 12 Ha’atzmaut Square, Netanya
Telephone: 1-700-709292 ; 09-8827286
Fax: 09-8874819
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm : Fri: 09:00am-12:00pm

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Tourism Association
Address: City Hall, 69 Ibn Gvirol st., Tel Aviv
Telephone: 03-5218500
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-2:00pm

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Tourism Association
Address: Tel Aviv Promanade, 46 Herbert Samuel st.
Telephone: 03-5166188
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:30am-4:30pm

Gush Etzion
Gush Ezion Tourism Association
Address: Efrat Industry Region
Telephone: 02-9938388
Fax:02-9309797
E-mail: tourism@gush-etzion.co.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm

Beer Sheva
Address: Abraham Well, 1 Hevron Rd. Beer Sheva
Telephone: 08-6234613
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm

Dead Sea
Tamar Regional Council
Address: Public Solarium, Ein Bokek
Telephone: 08-9975010
E-mail: tamar266@bezeqint.net
Opening hours: Mon-Sat . Winter – 9:00am-4:00pm Summer – 10:00am-5:00pm

Arad
Address: “Paz” gas station, Industrial erea, Arad
Telephone: 08-9954160
E-mail: meida@arad.muni.il
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday, 09:00am-05:00pm

Negev High Region
Negev High Region Reginal Council
Address: Enterance to Sdeh Boker College
Telephone: 08-6554418
Opening hours: Sun-Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm

Negev High Region
Negev High Region Reginal Council
Address: Avdat National Park
Telephone: 08-6551511
Opening hours: Sun-Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm

Negev High Region
Negev High Region Reginal Council
Address: Mitzpeh Ranon Visitors Center
Telephone: 08-6588698
Opening hours: Sun-Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm

Negev High Region
Negev High Region Reginal Council
Address: Negev High Region Reginal Council offices
Telephone: 08-6571470
Opening hours: Only on Succot And Passover Holidays

Arava
Arava Regional Council
Address: Bottom of the Scorpion Slope
Telephone: 08-6581546
E-mail: tourism@arava.co.il
Opening hours: Only on Saturdays
Telephone Information Center: 1-800-225007
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm : Fri: 08:00am-12:00pm

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