Tourists flock to the Old City, some on religious pilgrimage, others simply wanting to experience the sacred atmosphere inside its towering walls and among its enchanting alleyways. Each of its four quarters is crowded with places of worship and sites that are holy to different faiths, for whom it is the center of the world. Experience an intense and unforgettable religious experience here or observe the religious rituals of others. Residents from diverse cultures manage stalls and stores throughout the richly scented and colorful markets. Visitors from all over the world come to taste exotic Middle Eastern foods and spices, pick out ethnic clothes and gifts and haggle for the best bargains.
Best time to visit
The best times to visit Jerusalem are April through May and October through November, when the weather is mild and the crowds are thin. However, make sure to cross-check your travel dates with major Jewish celebrations such as the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Passover. A strong surge of visitor traffic drives hotel prices up during these holidays. Summer is Jerusalem’s peak tourism season, despite sweltering daytime temps. Winters boast good deals on hotels, but the weather remains fickle: One day can be sunny and fairly warm, while the next can be rainy and chilly.