Months Visited: August
Our family enjoys a wide range of activities and stops, and we are typically adventurous but we do enjoy some relaxing days on a trip as well. We want to spend much of our time in an area seeing and doing as much as we can before it is time to leave, and we try to include educational stops together with some activities that are fun and exciting for the whole family. We are willing to step out of our comfort zone sometimes and we enjoy nature and outdoor activities even if it means roughing it at times. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 14 years, Boy age 9 years, Boy age 7 years.
Description: Ammunition Hill is situated in the northeastern section of the city of Jerusalem, and at the top of the hill visitors can see the city with a view that covers 360 degrees. In the past this area was the front lines during war, and the trenches and bunkers that were created can still be explored today. In the 1930s these features were added to fortify the area because it was used by the British to store ammunition. Jordanian forces captured the hill in 1948, and they remained until in control until 1967 when the Six Day War occurred and Israel captured Ammunition Hill from the Jordanians.
Our Experiences: The trenches at Ammunition Hill were very interesting to see and explore, and the history behind them is inspiring. The kids enjoyed seeing a location where a war happened and learning about how the trenches were made. This was not the most fun stop that we had in Israel but it is one that every family should experience, and it is very educational for the entire family.
Address: Near Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday and Saturday hours vary
Admission: Adults NIS 30, Children NIS 15, Family rate NIS 80
Description: The Jaffa Gate Citadel Museum is also called the Tower of David Museum, and it is situated close to the Jaffa Gate in an ancient citadel that was designed to strengthen the defenses of the city of Jerusalem in the past. First constructed in 2BC the citadel has been destroyed and then rebuilt several times over the years. The museum offers exhibits that are displayed in a chronological order, making it easier for visitors to understand the history and time line of the structure and area. Almost 4 million people have visited the Museum since it first opened in 1989.
Our Experiences: We really enjoyed wandering through the Tower of David or Citadel Museum, it was really educational but in a way that was interesting and not boring. Even the kids had fun looking at the different displays and learning about the history of Jerusalem. Anyone who is Jewish or who is interested in the history of Jerusalem will find this stop fascinating. We highly recommend it to other families who visit the city of Jerusalem and want to learn more about the past here.
Description: A tour of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City allows visitors to experience a number of landmarks and historic locations in this area. The quarter covers around 116,000 square meters and there are roughly 2,000 residents who live here. There are several synagogues, yeshivas, and other religious attractions. Past archeological excavations and finds have uncovered many significant structures, and part of the Western Wall can also be accessed in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Our Experiences: Our tour of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City was quite interesting, and though the kids would not say that this stop was fun they did enjoy seeing some incredibly old structures and learning about the people in the past who lived here at one time. This was a stop that was very educational, and something that almost every family should do at least once. If you are not Jewish and you are not interested in the past then this stop may not be the best choice for your family.