Top 5 spots with a view

There are countless beautiful vistas of Jerusalem, but it’s worth heading to these spots for a truly memorable experience.

January 17, 2012 16:16
2 minute read.
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view of Jerusalem, Old City 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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1. Haas Promenade

Known by most as the Tayelet (the promenade), this spot offers a glorious view of the Dome of the Rock, the four walls of the Old City and a panoramic view of east and west Jerusalem and the Kidron Valley. It is one of the first places that tour groups visit, and is also a romantic place to head to for a quiet walk with a loved one, though it’s safest in the day. The promenade offers many walking paths and park benches, perfect for contemplating the magic and intensity of Jerusalem.

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2. Mamilla Rooftop Restaurant

Where else in the world do you get to take in the ancient Old City whilst sitting in a contemporary, luxurious and hip setting? Mamilla Rooftop restaurant offers an incredible view with a kosher meat menu to match. In summer, round off a day with a cocktail in the Jerusalem breeze, and in winter, cuddle up on a comfortable couch under a heater.

11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem
Kosher Rabbinate
(02) 548-2230

Mamilla rooftop restaurant

3. The Austrian Hospice


Situated directly on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, the Austrian Hospice is known for its extraordinary view that allows you a peek from above into the alleys of the Christian and Muslim Quarter. It’s an oasis of calm and an ideal place to refuel whilst exploring the Old City.

37 Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem
(02) 626-5800

View of the Dome of the Rock

4. Mount of Olives

Considered a holy place to all three monotheistic religions, the Mount of Olives offers amazing views of the Dome of the Rock and the Old City. It’s recommended to take the steep hike up to the top of the world's oldest and most densely-populated Jewish cemetery and enjoy an awe inspiring panorama stretching from the desert to Gehinnomand the Temple Mount to Mount Scopus. The Old City views are best in the morning.

5. YMCA Tower

Considered one of the most beautiful in the world, the YMCA complex was designed by the same architectural firm behind the Empire State Building in New York City. Within walking distance of the Old City and the center of town, it’s worth taking the elevator to the top of this famous observation tower to enjoy a commanding panoramic view of both east and west Jerusalem.

26 King David Street, Jerusalem
(020 569-2692

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