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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Jerusalem Neighborhoods

The Old City

Famously enclosed by white stone walls built by the Ottoman Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1542, the Old City, located in East Jerusalem, is the Jerusalem’s holiest area. Wander past the Western (“Wailing”) Wall and through dozens of stone-lined alleyways filled with vendors, churches, mosques and temples.

West Jerusalem

The most modern section of the city is home to the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), the Israel Museum, and several hotel and residential complexes.

Downtown West Jerusalem

Outside the Old City, this is Jerusalem’s busiest neighborhood. On bustling Ben Yehuda Street you’ll find several restaurants sandwiched between dozens of artisan shops frequented by travelers and Israelis alike.


Conveniently located minutes from the Old City, Rechavia is an excellent place for fine dining and taking in some of the city’s most innovative modern structures, including the prime minister’s residence.

German Colony

Historic neighborhood founded around 1870 by a German Templar community. The thatched-roof buildings in this particularly lush neighborhood are unique to the city of Jerusalem. Several high-end coffee shops and restaurants make it one of the trendiest destinations in the city.

East Jerusalem

Prior to 1967 the Jordanians ruled this area. Some of this city’s holiest sights are located here, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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