For the past 3,000 years, Jerusalem has built its reputation as a city rich in culture and heritage. Upon entering the city, you are filled with the spirit and the emotion of the people who live and work here now and those who have historically inhabited these hills.
More and more people are coming to Jerusalem each year because of the scenery, the people and the area. The city’s history, culture and entertainment attract a wide range of people and we are happy to provide a service to those of you from around the world who want to make a stay in Jerusalem part of your life, your memories and perhaps your legacy.
Today, Jerusalem offers a great variety of restaurants, concerts, lectures, museums and convenient public transportation. It is a perfect place to serve as your base and a central location from which to take your day trips.
Find out why Jerusalem is such a beloved city. Below is an overview of some of the most popular and beautiful neighborhoods in Jerusalem. We hope it will help you find the area best for your stay in the city and learn some of the city’s history too.
Talbieh is a lovely area between Rehavia and Katamon. It was built in the 1920’s and 1930’s by wealthy Arabs and Christians on land purchased from the Greek Patriarch. The homes are amongst the most beautiful in the city and are surrounded with stately trees and beautiful gardens.
Today, it also has lovely apartment buildings housing residences and also the offices of very prestigious foundations and charitable enterprises. The neighborhood is home to the Jerusalem Theater, the Van Leer Institute and the home of the President of the State of Israel.
It is a 15 minute walk to city’s center and 20 minutes to the Old City.Many of Jerusalem finest hotels are located nearby. It is also home to the famous Gan Hashoshanim (The Rose Garden) that was planted in the 1930’s and is still flourishing. It was the site of official state events for a time after the establishment of the State of Israel.
The streets were neatly laid out and the center of the blocks were connected with narrow paths. The buildings were, by now, all faced with Jerusalem stone and none were higher than four stories. Trees of all kinds were lavishly planted on the streets with a view to having this become a “garden” suburb. And so it remains today.
Neighborhoods usually last for about 40 years before they begin to decay. However, the apartments in Rechavia, now almost 90 years old, have maintained their value and are being repurchased and totally redone. It is still “the” place to live in Jerusalem.
The German Colony & Emek Refaim
The German Colony, settled by German Templars in the 1880’s, is today a swinging scene. Emek Refaim, the continuation of the valley that is said to have been the road Abraham followed on his way up to Mt. Moriah, is a diner’s paradise with restaurants offering everything from sushi to buffalo steaks.
Some of the finest jewelry craftsmen have their shops actually on the street as do florists, greengrocers, bakeries, and boutiques. The side streets are filled with charming houses and new apartment buildings. You can find synagogues of every culture in converted garages and lovely new buildings. Everyone wants an apartment in the German Colony.
The Old City – Jewish Quarter
Up until the late 19th century, the Old City was the only Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. (The Jewish community then started expanding to neighborhoods outside of the “walls” such as Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe.)
The walls of the Old City were built in the 16th century by the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman. They are approximately 4018 meters (2.5 miles) long with eight entrances, referred to as gates. The walls surround the four quarters of the Old City: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian.
The Old City contains many sites holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Among the most famous and holy are the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, which is the only remnant of the Jewish Temple that long ago stood on the Temple Mount.
Shaarei Hesed is a neighborhood that has everything for the Shomer Shabbat visitor. Not only are the streets closed on Shabbat and holidays, but it also offers all the conveniences one could ask for.
There is a little grocery store that sells the best whole wheat challah in the city. Fruits and vegetables, both ordinary and exotic are available in the local store.
The famous “GRA Shul” is in Shaarei Hesed where a minyan can be found at all hours. You can walk to Ben Yehuda Street, the Israel Museum and the new Mamilla Mall all in 15 minutes. It’s a prime location for your vacation.
This neighborhood is really made up of many little ones. Some are next to Mahane Yehuda Market and some are on the other side of Rehov Bezalel next to Rehavia and Shaarei Hesed.
The neighborhood was among the first to be built outside of the Old City in the 1880’s. For the past 10 years all of the neighborhoods have been undergoing renovation and gentrification.
It is an easy walk to city center and to the Old City from Nachlaot. Today, alongside the many different synagogues are art galleries,
and trendy boutiques.The streets are small and quaint and the houses are usually narrow and tall the neighborhood’s alleyways, many little parks are scattered in areas that were courtyards in the old days.
Baka is in the southern part of Jerusalem. It is situated between the German Colony to its north and Giv’at Chananya (AbuTor) on the east.
It was established originally as one of the first Arab neighborhoods to be built outside the walls of the Old City. Since the 1950’s (after the declaration of the State o f Israel) Baka, as well as other neighborhoods in Jerusalem has been populated by newcomers (“olim chadashim”) to Israel.
Today, Baka is among the prestigious neighborhoods in Jerusalem due to its central location, and is inhabited by a mixture of old and new Israelis as well as foreigners who’ve decided to make Jerusalem their home away from home.
Baka’s proximity to the Emek Refaim area lends it additional cachet and during the past few years it has been developing its own caf?-restaurant-shopping scene. Derech Bet Lechem, a long street that extends through the whole neighborhood, provides plenty of culinary activities and shopping for those seeking a somewhat “calmer” atmosphere than Emek Refaim.
Giva’t Chananya (Abu-Tor) is located right outside the Old City, to the south. Its perimeter is bordered by the Sherover Promenade, Sultan’s Pool and Hebron Rd.
It is approximately 777 meters above sea level and thus provides a magnificent vantage point from which you can see the Temple Mount and the Old City, the Judean Desert and even the Moab Hills.
Giva’t Chanaya was founded in the late 19th century and was populated mostly by newcomers to the land of Israel (“olim chadashim”) and government officials.
Today it is considered one of Jerusalem’s more exclusive neighborhoods with beautiful, large Arab style houses, inhabited by new and old Israelis living side by side.
Arnona is an old neighborhood located between Baka and Talpiot Mizrach, in the southeastern part of Jerusalem. It is where the late Nobel Prize winner Shai Agnon lived; his home is now a newly opened museum.
There are streets of new apartment buildings as well as lovely single-family homes that have been redone to maintain their charm.
Arnona is close to the beautiful setting of the Ramat Rachel Kibbutz Hotel/pool/health club/spa complex. Terem, the emergency health clinic, is in Arnona and close to Hebron Road with transportation to all parts of the city. Perhaps, best of all is the Haas Promenade which offers wonderful views of the Old City and the desert and also has a lovely flat walking path.