Jerusalem,Israel: Five Great Places to Propose

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Judy Lash Balint on November 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

While Jerusalem may not be thought of as the most romantic city in the world, there’s no denying that it’s one of the most historic and meaningful places on the planet, so why not plan on making one of the most meaningful declarations of your life and propose there?

There are some astoundingly beautiful garden settings in Jerusalem that might fit the bill for the traditionally minded  proposal makers. Find your spot amongst the fragrant roses from every corner of the world that grace the Wohl Rose Garden on a hill facing the Knesset building. Wind your way to one of the private bowers, semi-hidden by lilac bushes and wispy willow tendrils, to pop the question.

If a more spiritual statement is in your style, there’s no better place than the rooftop of the Aish Building that overlooks the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives.  From here, at one of the holiest places on earth, a declaration of commitment to the sanctity of marriage reaches its ultimate expression. Chances are, you’ll also have an appreciative audience to applaud the occasion..

Romantic view over the Old City © Judy Lash Balint

Back down to earth, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens with its rolling slopes filled with colorful and exotic as well as local plants and trees, a lovely pond ruled over by several elegant black swans and an elegant cafe with extensive outside seating to take in the view,would be a happy alternative location for one of the most important moments in your life.

Couple time at the Botanical Garden © Judy Lash Balint

For the more formal amongst you, consider offering your beloved a proposal at the elegant and stately and now almost iconic King David Hotel. If it’s summer, take her out onto the spacious veranda overlooking the gardens and the walls of the Old City in the background.  In winter, opt for the discrete service of the uber-elegant La Regence Grill Room at the hotel.  The starched white tablecloths and sparkling glassware will set the tone, and there’s plenty of champagne on hand to celebrate.

Finally, for an off-the-beaten-track place to propose, head over to Yemin Moshe, the all-pedestrian prestigious and picturesque neighborhood near the King David Hotel.

Yemin Moshe street .

Here you’ll be inspired by the couples being photographed on their wedding day, with the bougainvillea as a colorful backdrop.  Choose your spot among the smooth stone steps and the terraced homes.  Find the right quiet alley with views over the Tower of David across the valley, and the memories will last a lifetime.  Mazel tov!


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