Jerusalem is a fascinating city filled with sights and sounds.
It is an exuberant city combining the ancient with the new, the religious with the secular, sharing the three major religions in one place.
Riding through the streets of Jerusalem, you will encounter synagogues, mosques, churches &monasteries, ruins & graves, roads & waterways, shopping centers & offices, schools & theaters - all blending together. Although it is not the simplest city to commute by bike, it is definitely worth the effort. We have listed below some of the numerous sites to see in Jerusalem, with the best routes for cyclists in the city.
Start the day at Mt. Scopus, Passing the Augusta Victoria Hospital on your way to Mt. Olives. After taking a long view at the city, head down the windy Mt. Olives Rd, taking you through the ancient cemetery to Dominus Flevit and from there to the Garden of Gethsemane. After visiting the churches, climb along the walls of the Old City to the Dung Gate. Visit the Western Wall, revered as Judaism's most sacred site as the last remnant of the Second Temple. Follow the Inner road of the Old City uphill towards Zion Gate and the Jewish Quarter, and then to Mt. Zion, where King David’s tomb lies next to the Room of the last supper, and to the Church of Dormition. Follow the Path around the walls to Jaffa Gate and enter the Christian Quarter market from there. Depending on how crowded it is, you can ride your bike all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Leave the Old City and follow the ancient Jaffa road to Zion square and Ben Yehuda Street. Ride through the pedestrian mall on your way to Nahla'ot. Here, at one of the first neighborhoods that were built outside the walls of the old city, you can cruise the alleys and side streets down towards Saker Park below the Supreme Court building. Follow the bike lanes of the park towards the Monastery of the Cross. From there, climb up the hill to the Israel Museum, where the model of the second temple stands. You will also find the Bible Land Museum near by. After leaving the Museum, head to the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University, where you can visit the campus and the botanical gardens, Continue riding through Beit Ha'Kerem neighborhood to Mt. Hertzel, where the central military cemetery is located, next to the Yad Va'Shem Holocaust Museum. From there, descend to Ein Karem, the picturesque village, birthplace of John the Baptist. End your day exploring the alleys of the neighborhood, or rest in one of the many cafés or restaurants.