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Vacation in Jerusalem with Dan Hotels
The capital of the State of Israel is none other than the city of Jerusalem. Much has been recounted and written about Jerusalem and, in this article by the Dan Hotel chain, we wish to impart some of the ambiance of an authentic Jerusalem experience. Whether you are on a family or a romantic holiday or on a business trip, Israel’s capital city offers a myriad of possibilities to please every palate.
Dan Hotels, Israel’s leading hotel chain, invites you to stay at one of its hotels in comfort and serenity. Jot down your ideas for spending your days browsing among the dozens of markets, having a fabulous time in any one of the many festivals, recreation and entertainment spots, and, of course, touring the spectacular tourist attractions throughout Jerusalem.
Dan Hotels in Jerusalem
The King David Hotel
The world renowned King David Hotel is an exquisite landmark Jerusalem hotel that was established as a luxury hotel during the days of the British Mandate, and is the flagship hotel of the Dan Hotel chain. The hotel is located at the heart of the city on King David Street, and is close to the Old City and to all of the main tourist attractions. The King David Hotel is an architectural pearl, whose guests include heads of states, presidents and many politicians who arrive to visit Jerusalem. The King David offers 237 spacious deluxe rooms, as well as luxurious suites featuring a Jacuzzi and spectacular views of the Old City from elegant balconies. For details and on-line reservations to the King David Hotel, click here.
The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel
The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel is located in the heart of a Jerusalem neighborhood reflecting the characteristic tranquility of the city. The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel offers 292 rooms and suites on nine floors, with accommodations and amenities suited for every taste. The hotel is located near the Rahavia neighborhood and the German Colony, and a few minutes’ walk away from the Great Synagogue. The hotel’s business lounge, located on the ninth floor, overlooks the Old City and is a perfect place to relax and to hold business meetings.
The Dan Jerusalem
The Dan Jerusalem Hotel is located in a peaceful setting, atop Mount Scopus, boasting of breathtaking views overlooking the old city from expansive terrace balconies throughout the hotel. Designed around a series of beautiful patios, the hotel hosts the largest spa in Jerusalem alongside executive conference halls, creating a great atmosphere for hosting events and meetings. With over 500 rooms or suites and various dining options, the Dan Jerusalem Hotel offers something for everyone; be it traveling for business or with family. Close to the Hadassah Medical Center and the Hebrew University campus, the hotel is also perfectly located for exiting the city on excursions through the country. A complimentary shuttle makes it even easier to reach the city center and other tourist sites.
The Dan Boutique Jerusalem Hotel
The Dan Boutique Jerusalem hotel offers a breathtaking view of the city, opposite Mount Zion and the walls of the Old City. The hotel offers 129 rooms and suites with a youthful modern décor. Animated films are shown in the hotel lobby, and on the hotel’s rooftop balcony, you may enjoy the fitness room and tanning deck overlooking the Old City. For additional details about the Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem
Sights to see in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is replete with unique attractions for visitors, some in order to experience the sanctity of the sites of the various religions, some for their historic significance, and some purely for their art and design. The descriptions below will give you a taste of the many recommended attractions that Jerusalem has to offer.
The Old City
This is an ancient part of Jerusalem covering about one square kilometer and encompassed by the ancient ramparts of Jerusalem. The Old City has been divided into four quarters since the beginning of the 1900's: the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Armenian Quarter and the Jewish Quarter. The city’s ancient markets and shops crisscross the quarters and are recommended sites – strolling among the diverse patchwork of colorful local wares and tempting aromas, you’ll find everything from food and clothing to jewelry, antiques, furniture and much more. Another highly recommended marketplace is the ancient domed shopping street, the Cardo, that has been meticulously reconstructed. Here the majority of the shops are owned by Jews, offering works of art, Judaica, health products and cosmetics.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall is a remnant of the retaining wall that encompassed the Temple Mount during the Second Temple period, to which Judaism attributes supreme religious significance, due to its being the public place of worship that is closest to the site believed to be the original location of the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple. The Western Wall has become a lodestone for pilgrims from all over the world. Over the years, pilgrims have left inscriptions in Hebrew on a few of its stones. The Western Wall is a popular venue all year round for various ceremonies, including Bar and Bat Mitzvas.
The Western Wall Tunnels
The excavations to reveal the entire length of the Western Wall discovered magnificent underground structures, which may be viewed only by reserving a guided tour in advance. This fascinating tour takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through 2000 years of history, where you can see structures from the Second Temple period and Middle Ages to the Modern Age, such as a church from the Middle Ages and a magnificent room from the Second Temple period.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
The Biblical Zoo was built in 1940 by the zoologist Professor Aharon Shulov. Located in southwestern Jerusalem near the Givat Masua and Malcha neighborhoods and spanning about 250,000 square meters, the Biblical Zoo was designed to enable the animals to feel that they are living in nature as much as possible. The animals are not kept in cages and no contact is possible between visitors and the animals. More information may be viewed on the website of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
The Via Dolorosa
According to the Christian faith, the Via Dolorosa (Latin for “the Way of Grief”) is the path Jesus was taken from the trial to Golgotha hill and the place of the Crucifixion. The Via Dolorosa begins near Lion Gate in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter and ends in the Christian Quarter at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Via Dolorosa includes 14 stations, which are marked along the narrow streets and in the churches of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Mahaneh Yehuda marketplace
The Mahaneh Yehuda marketplace is located between Jaffa Road and Agrippas Street and is Jerusalem’s main, colorful and vibrant open-air food market. When visiting Mahaneh Yehuda, we recommend visiting the legendary neighborhood restaurant, Rahamo, and ordering one of its renowned dishes, such as “Kubeh” soup, or hot stuffed grape leaves, which are among the favorites of its patrons, which include both orthodox religious Jews and Arab speakers. One section of Mahaneh Yehuda is an Iraqi marketplace, where coffee houses and backgammon players are nestled among its many colorful shops. For a change of pace, you can find a more serene ambience among the stone courtyards of the estates south of Agrippas Street, along with galleries, poetry workshops and more.
Entertainment in Jerusalem
This modern complex was constructed on an area in Jerusalem that had once been inhabited by Jewish and Arab merchants and craftsmen. The complex links east and west Jerusalem. Today, this luxurious complex includes a residential and shopping area, as well as a variety of entertainment venues and coffee shops. Preserved inside the complex, east of Independence Park, is the Mamilla Pool, which was partially carved out of boulders and partially constructed for use as a reservoir in ancient times. Surrounding the complex are such attractions as David’s Citadel, Jaffa Gate and the Sultan’s Pool.
Festivals in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Arts Festival
This week-long festival has been taking place for nine years, usually in March, and features the best of the dance, theater and music troupes and bands. Most of the performances are designed especially for the festival and are original productions. For additional details, see the website of the Jerusalem Arts Festival 2012.
Jerusalem Film Festival
The 27th annual Jerusalem Film Festival took place in July 2012. The first Jerusalem international film festival opened in 1984 and, since then, it has evolved into a 10-day festival, screening between 150 and 200 films in a variety of genres, including international feature films, documentaries, films focusing on Jewish identity and culture and more. Each year, world renowned actors and directors participate in the festival. For details, see the website of the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Museums in Jerusalem
The renovated Israel Museum
The renovated Israel Museum was reopened to the public at the end of 2010. The phenomenal scope of the museum’s exhibits ranges from works of art from the most prehistoric to the most innovative and modern, and is on par with the world’s greatest museums, such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan and others. The museum’s curator, Mr. James Snyder, formerly the deputy curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has been the curator of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for some 15 years. The museum’s renovation was designed by the esteemed architect Mr. James Carpenter, who selected a modern line that preserves the original structures of the museum. The jewel in the crown of the renovated museum campus is a sculpture reminiscent of a huge horn pointing to the heavens, by the Jewish, Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor, which was commissioned by the museum.
Museum of Islamic Art
This museum is considered one of the finest in the world of its kind, and is located near the President’s Residence and the Jerusalem Theater. Here you can find an exquisite collection of some of the most valuable and rare antique clocks and watches in the world. The Museum of Islamic Art also features nine exhibition halls that chronologically present Islamic Art, including weapons, jewelry and other spectacular displays. The museum also houses an extensive library, comprised of more than 22 thousand items, that also engages in research of Islamic art.
Ammunition Hill Museum
The museum is located between the Ramat Eshkol and the French Hill neighborhoods, and is the site of one of the most brutal battles of the Six-Day War in 1967. During the battle here, paratroopers prevented the Jordanian legion from entering the center of Jerusalem. Here you can see the monument commemorating the soldiers who fell during the battle over Jerusalem. For additional details, see the website of Ammunition Hill Jerusalem.
Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum
The Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum is the Jewish people’s global memorial to the Holocaust. The history of the Holocaust is told chronologically, from the emergence of the anti-Jewish policies to genocide. The focus is on commemorating the life stories and memory of each of the six million murdered during the Holocaust. There is no entrance fee. Guided tours may also be reserved, which last about three hours. Additional details may be read on the website of Yad Vashem.
We have attempted to convey to you a few of the flavors of the fascinating, vibrant and magnificent city of Jerusalem. On your next visit to the city, we recommend visiting the attractions mentioned above, among many others. Dan Hotels’ experienced and dedicated staff in Jerusalem would be pleased to assist you with planning your itinerary for each day.
Contact us for additional details and reservations at Dan Hotels Jerusalem.