Nature and wildlife may not be the first things that spring to mind as reasons to visit Jerusalem, but there are many areas of unique natural beauty in and around the city ready to enjoy when it's time to take a break from all those religious sites. Top billing goes to the scenic Haas/Sherover Promenade in the southern neighborhood of Arnona. Walk along the stone promenade that sits atop ancient aqueducts and enjoy the olive trees and flowering almond trees in the springtime, as well as acres of winding pathways that descend through a valley planted with fragrant bushes and shady trees. Oh yes--and there's that stunning view of the Old City as a bonus. For wildlife, there are two main attractions in Jerusalem--the Tisch Biblical Zoo and the Bird Observatory that's near the Knesset. The Zoo is wildlife on a large scale--giraffes, zebras and elephants wander the open African section, while smaller critters inhabit their own space in a zoo that's also a green paradise of gardens and flowers. For urban nature lovers, head over to Yemin Moshe,the neighborhood not far from the King David Hotel, right below the windmill that faces Mt Zion.The bougainvillea is stunning, and there are some lovely little pocket parks for those who look hard enough. Jerusalem's Botanical Garden on the western side of town is another top choice for nature lovers. Whatever the season, you'll be enchanted by the vegetation from all over the world and the pleasant walkways, streams and pond will transport you into your own tranquility zone. Leave time for refreshments at Caffit, a kosher cafe overlooking the gardens.
Daniel Yanofsky Street
(From Hebron Road continue up Yanofsky for 1km)
Scenic view of the Old City and Jerusalem... read more
Derekh Agudat Sport HaPoel
Past the Jerusalem Technological Park
Picturesque neighborhood overlooking Old City walls... read more
Hebrew University ,Givat Ram Campus
Hebrew University Campus
Botanical garden and archaeological site... read more
17 Marcus Street
Hansen Hospital is a beautiful historic building designed by Conrad Schick and inaugurated in 1887. The building and its grounds are slated for historic preservation... read more
Jerusalem's center for bird-watching... read more
Rehov Ein Karem
Village within Jerusalem. Churches and alleys...