An absolute must see when coming to Jerusalem. The Hall of Names is particularly moving as you can see where pages of around three million names are stored around walls and the gaps for the many millions whose names of the victims we as yet do not know.
The Children's memorial commemorating the 1.5 million children who perished is haunting. This underground memorial has one solitary candle but with the use of hundreds of mirrors creates the effect of hundreds of candles throughout the building.
Additionally the Cattle Car memorial featuring an original German cattle cart used to transport Jews catches the eye as it is on a railway track suspended in the air.
One thing I would say is that despite having a map the outdoor area can be confusing to navigate and we frequently got lost.
P.O.B. 3477, Jerusalem 91034 Israel
Get the tram from Jaffa Road to the end of the line. A free shuttle bus will pick you up every 15 mins from a stop across from the tram stop.
Google map: bit.ly/TdtFyK
This hotel is situated up on the Mount of Olives in Arab East Jerusalem. While not centrally located near the old town, every morning we got the #75 bus that dropped us outside Damascus gate within 10 - 15 mins for five NIS. Taxis at night back to the hotel cost us between 35 - 45 NIS from the centre. Too far to walk especially at night.
The hotel was rather tired but we paid a very good price for Jerusalem at about £43 GBP per night for five nights. The room had an ensuite old bathroom but no TV.
Friendly hotel with a large buffet breakfast on offer every morning. Additionally free wi-fi.
We were surprised to find that the hotel was right next to one of Jerusalem's attractions - Mosque of Ascension which is on the site of Jesus's ascension and contains his alleged footprint!
Good hearty food to be found here. Not high end dining but authentic wholesome food. Food could be described as Kosher Turkish/Kurdish, with Iraqi and Syrian influences. This restaurant has been serving food for decades, where the food is slowly cooked in huge pots over traditional oil burners called ptelias. This authentic place is extremely popular with locals which might mean a little wait during busy times.
We had two hearty mains and soft drinks for 110 NIS.
HaEshkol 4, Jerusalem, 94322, Israel
+972 2 623 5204
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I recommend all visitors to go to the old city in Jerusalem where they can see the great history of Palestine. You can see really old churches and holy places. Also if anyone is going to Ramallah I recommend them to go to the old city also, which is called Ramallah Al-Taha. There you can see the old city of Ramallah and how it was before the occupation.
Cheap as chips four-star hotel with excellent breakfast and immaculate rooms located in East Jerusalem near Damascus gate. Free access to the YMCA swimming pool and gym. $150 per night per room.
29 Nablus Road, Jerusalem, Israel. Tel: +972-2-6270800
The Old City is at the heart of modern Jerusalem. It is divided into 4 distinct quarters, each with its own individual character, but the most fun you can have is wandering through the meandering maze of markets in the Arab quarter, haggling with stall owners over the price of a backgammon set or an ashtray whilst listening to their (sometimes rather good) impersonations of Del Boy saying 'luverly jubberly mate'.
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