High Jerusalem! Jerusalem’s historical top of the wall trail.
Ranking 4 at TripAdvisor, and the outline of the UNESCO world heritage city of Jerusalem (and it’s Walls), the Ramparts Walk is a mildly challenging historical adventure to the whole family.
The historical trek provides historical context and a bird’s eye breathtaking view of the old city versus the new one, a walking tour through the treasures of the past, the present and future entwined.
Take a walk on history and a different view of the Old City.
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- Southern Ramparts – open daily from 9:00-17:00 (winter until 16:00) – from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate (Exit at Zion’s Gate), About 1.5 KM in total
- Northern Ramparts – open daily except Friday 9:00-17:00 (winter until 16:00), from Jaffa Gate to Lion’s Gate. (Exit at New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, and Lion’s Gate), About 3.5 KM for the full trail.
- Third Trail – newly opened! – Round the city 360 degrees – walk both Southern and Northern Ramparts. Descend from the Southern Walk at the Dung Gate, walk at the foot of the Eastern Wall, climb back on the Northern Walk from Lion’s Gate, all the way back to Jaffa Gate.
The routes aren’t accessible for people with disabilities and prams. It’s best to carry young children in a carrier. It is recommended to wear a hat, walking shoes and have plenty of drinking water.
Accessibility: The Ramparts walk not accessible for disable people and strollers. It’s advisable to carry small children in a carrier, and bring a hat, walking shoes and water.
Duration of tour: Southern Ramparts – approximately an hour, Northern Ramparts – about 2 hours, for full length. About 20 min. between the different gates exits.
The Northern route of the Ramparts Walk:
From Jaffa gate via the new gate, Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, up to Lion’s Gate (exits at New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate and Lion’s Gate).
Observe north to the Christian Quarter from high above: the Latin Patriarchate, the Terra Santa Monastery, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and the Monastery of Notre Dame.
Over the Damascus Gate observed east on celestial Jerusalem: the Temple Mount, the Holy Sepulcher, and the Hurva Synagogue. Below is the vibrant market street, active since the days of the Roman Empire.
Coordinate in advance and come down from the wall through a vast watchtower into the Roman square below the current Damascus Gate: one of the only findings of Aelia Capitoline. Take the time to visit near-by Zedekiah’s Cave or climbed back on the wall and continue on towards Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, Santa Anna, and the first stations of the Via Dolorosa walking through the best selfie spots and panoramas overlooking the Olive Mountain with its endless holy churches and site. One of the best ways to understand and experience the Holy Geography.
The Southern route of the Ramparts Walk:
Paid section from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate and the rest of the trail up to the Dung Gate is open to the public.
The trail passes over the Armenian and Jewish quarters. You’ll meet Many “Davids” characterize old and new Jerusalem: The David Citadel, Tower of David, the King David Hotel, David’s Village, and the city of David.
As we move over the Armenian Quarter the Church of the Dormition located on top of Mount Zion is just in front. The Walls continues to the south and the Hurva Synagogue dominates the Jewish Quarter is easily recognized. Get down at Zion’s Gate, and meet the walls again in the nearby park, and walk on them all the way towards the Wailing Wall and Dung Gate.