East Jerusalem Development Ltd. Company manages and operates five of the leading tour sites in Jerusalem, some self-developed. These sites are maintained, preserved and marketed among various parties responsible for bringing visitors to Jerusalem, from school trips and up to foreign tourism Institutions.
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.
Free vocal tours with the application “Vocal Tours in Jerusalem”
Only 20 IL per person for both trails for two days!
- 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.
Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 09:00-16:00 winter time and until 17:00 at summer time.
Friday and Holiday Eves: 09:00-14:00
At Fridays, the Northern Promenade is closed.
June, July, August: 09:00-22:00
Adult: 20 NIS
Adult in a group of over 25 persons: 12 NIS
Student/Soldier/Retiree: 10 NIS
Child: 8 NIS (a child is 5-18 years old) .
The cave is closed until further notice.
Under the old city’s buildings, a wonderful cave is hidden, wide and beautiful. Zedekiah’s Cave is one of Jerusalem’s’ marvels and it’s open to the public.
Zedekiah’s Cave is 225 m long and it served as an ancient quarry. The stone known by its Arabic name “Malaka” was mined here – a fine building stone that served to create the magnificent buildings of Jerusalem. As known today, the mining began at the First Temple period. Josephus called it the “Cave of Kings”. At the early 20th century stones were still mined in the cave and were used to build the “Clock Tower”, previously standing above the Jaffa Gate – but destroyed during the British Mandate.
Previously, the cave was identified as the escape route for Zedekiah, the last Judean king, as he fled the Chaldeans during the First Temple Period. The legend says that during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, Zedekiah took this cave route to get to Jericho. The Muslim tradition recognizes the cave as the place where the earth swallowed Korach and his congregation as a punishment for his rebellious attempt against Moses. The Freemasons order adopted the ancient quarry as a place for their gatherings.
It is recommended to visit this site and take a walk at the Northern Walls Promenade.
The entrance is per fee. The place is available for special events.
How to get there?
Walk upwards from the Jaffa Gate (parking available) along the City Walls garden. When reaching the Damascus Gate, you’ll find the entrance to the cave hidden between the Damascus and the Flowers gates.
Walk upward from Jaffa Gate (parking available) to the Northern promenade (towards the Lion’s Gate), walk down at the Damascus Gate. The entrance to the cave is hidden about 100 meters east of Damascus Gate.
By public transportation: Light rail / Egged lines leading to Sultan Suleiman Street / Damascus Gate. You can walk to the site from Safra Square.
Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 09:00-16:00 winter time and 8:00-17:00 at summer time.
Adult: 20 NIS
Adult in a group of over 25 persons: 12 NIS
Child/Soldier/Student/Retiree: 10 NIS (a child is 5-18 years old).
The Roman Square is closed until further notice.
Under a modern gate, an ancient one was discovered – a Roman gate from Aelia Capitolina period (133 CE) and a square in front of it, paved with the original stones. In the past, a 22 meters high pillar was located in the square, serving as a measuring point for distance to other cities in Israel (Zero kilometer). In Arabic, the gate is called Bab-El-Amud (the pillar gate), as shown on Madaba map mosaic.
Nowadays, the square serves as a museum, with an exhibition presenting the history of the Damascus Gate.
You may rise up the original stairs in it, directly to the Walls promenade – this is a unique experience.
The entrance requires prior arrangement. The site is suitable for hosting special events.
Daylight saving time, open daily 09:00-16:00 (closed of Friday)
Adult: 10 NIS
Adult in a group (over 25 persons): 8 NIS
Child/Soldier/Student/Retiree: 6 NIS (a child is 5-18 years old)
The Ophel refers to a long and narrow hill, located beyond the southern edge of the Temple Mount. The entire area is lower than the Temple Mount and there’s a need to climb up towards it. The Ophel is bordered by the Central Valley from the west, by the Vally of Hinnom in the south, and by the Kidron River in the east.
The City of David Hill, the ancient nucleus of Jerusalem is located in the southern part of the Ophel. It is accepted among scholars that the city expanded to include the Ophel during King Solomon’s era when he built the Temple on Temple Mount. During the return to Zion era, people settled down in Ophel in order to be closer to the Temple.
The Ophel Corner is the name of the south-east intersection of the Temple Mount Wall. In this area, the Herodian Wall rises to its highest – 20 meters, with additional 20 meters penetrating the ground. The wall connects to the older, Hasmonean wall. The Ophel Corner is mentioned in the Tosefta regarding the issue of when to stop praying for rain: “Go out and see, if a man stands at the Ophel Corner and baths his feet in the Kidron River, we pray for no rain.”
Extensive archeological excavations were performed in Ophel: Benjamin Mazar and Meir Ben Dov exposed the Hulda steps leading to the double gate and a series of buildings from the Umayyad period. Plus, a system of fortifications from the first Temple was exposed. Presumably, they were built by King Solomon.
Nowadays, the site is being operated through a cooperation with the Restoration and Development of the Jewish Quarter Company that operates the adjacent Davidson Center.
The Mikveh compounds from the Second Temple period, at the foot of the southern wall and Hulda steps, used by the pilgrims to ascend to the Temple Mount.
The site is suitable for hosting special events.
The entrance requires a fee, paid at Davidson Center checking points.
The artist’s compound is active all year long, plus, there are galleries and studios dedicated to mainly the jewelry, plastic art, Jewish art. You may also enjoy the Eucalyptus Restaurant, overlooking the City Walls.
Free of charge.
The Museum is closed until further notice.
In December 1948, Uriel Hefetz conceived the idea of an airlift (“Avshalom route” in the military code), connecting Mount Zion with the western part of Jerusalem. During the War of Independence, the goal of the cable car was to connect and transport food and equipment to the defenders of Mount Zion during the siege.
The plan included a 200 m long steel cable stretching over the Ben Hinnom Valley, connecting the Israeli post at St. John’s Hospital (Bethlehem Road, nowadays – near the Cinematheque) to the Mount Zion post. The maximum height of the cable car above the valley was about 50 meters. A 250-kilogram during freight trolley was attached to the cable and it was stretched out every night and lowered at morning to Ben Hinnom Valley so it won’t get shot down by the Jordanian snipers.
The cable car museum is located on Hebron Road 17, between the Cinematheque and Mount Zion Hotel, at the building from which the cable car was operated. Exhibitions and photographs from this area are presented, the entrance is from Mount Zion Hotel, free of charge.
Free of charge.
The service is not active until further notice.
Free shuttles from the parking lot of the first station complex and to the Dung Gate.
Like other historical cities in the world, the Old City of Jerusalem is not open for private cars traffic. You can leave the car for a daily fee at the first station complex parking lot and take a free shuttle to the Dung Gate.