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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Tours to Bethlehem and Jericho

If you are in Israel or the West Bank and want to get to Bethlehem or Jericho for a day trip, paying for a guided tour is highly advised, rather than trying to figure it out for yourself.

Here are a couple of reputable tour guide companies that can help you:

Bein Harim Tourism Services Ltd.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian
Customized and group tours

+972-3-542-2000
10 Hazerem Street in Tel Aviv
info@beinharim.co.il

Half day tours to Bethlehem, some in combination with Jerusalem or Jericho
Price range from US $70-148 (most expensive includes return to the airport)

Al-Quds Tours
Arabic and English
Group Tours

+972-2-628-7517
Jerusalem Old City
tours@cjs.alquds.edu

Specialized tours (with educational/”alternative” component) to Jericho and Bethlehem
contact for prices

Shepherds Tours & Travel
Arabic, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, English, Spanish, French, Swedish, and German
Pilgrimages and organized tours

Offices in Jerusalem and Jordan+972-2-28-4121 in Jerusalem
info@shepherdstours.com

Tours catered to Christian pilgrims, group and private
contact for more information

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