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All about Israel  


A young country with ancient (biblical) culture and history invites you to unforgettable days in a state full of miracles. Israel, with a population of just 8 million, belongs to the region of Vorasia and is distinguished by its versatility and variety. Here, Jerusalem leads you directly into the heart of Jewish and Christian faith, with modern life pulsing in Tel Aviv and Haifa. More than half of the country is covered by the large Negev desert, but also the Dead, Red and Mediterranean, as well as wonderful national parks and mountain regions belong to its overall image. It is likely that the Israeli state is one of the most dazzling and contradictory destinations, as sought by religious faith and war over land and religions. Israel The Holy Land is the quarrel for many and at the same time the cradle of the biblical story of salvation. Simply incomparable - just simply unique!

 



Jerusalem


Most visitors travel to Israel via the airport of Ben Gurion International Airport and use the well-functioning bus and train network. You can find an overview of the bus lines from Jerusalem here: http://www.egged.co.il/. The ticket for 1 1/2 hours costs 6.90 Shekel - the tickets also apply to the only tram of Jerusalem, which runs from Yad Vashem through the city center, past the old town to East Jerusalem. If you wish to travel to Tel Aviv then use the Malha train station in the south of the city, where a train departs every hour. You can also take the bus or the Sammeltaxi from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. The journey costs 25 buses from the Central Bus Station and the Sammeltaxi 18 shekels. (Worth knowing: buses run from the station to the whole country. Tickets are best bought from the bus driver.) Buses to Bethlehem, Ramallah and other Palestinian cities depart from the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem. Make sure you pack your passport, as passport checks are carried out on arrival or departure. The Mediterranean climate that prevails in Israel is very hot and dry in summer. In winter, however, snowfall can also occur.
 

The Highlights


The most significant, historical and religious places are in the region around Jerusalem. Every year, millions of tourists are attracted to the city, where they follow the footsteps of biblical history. An impressive view over Jerusalem can be obtained from the Ölberg, where you will get an impression of the imposing and especially the Davidstadt. Among the most important sites are the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Grabeskirche, Getsemani, the Tempelberg, the David's Citadel, the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem. If you just want to take a little walk, visit the Armenian quarter with its beautiful little streets and art workshops. Culinary delicacies are in the best quality, for a fair price, on the turbulent Shuq in front of the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem. Also worth a visit is the Yehuda Mahane fresh produce market, where many traders offer fruit, fish, bread and vegetables arrows. Here you get the typical Israeli food - like a falafel and the delicious chickpeas.
 


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre


One of the special places of the Christians, is the Church of the Holy Sepulchrein the old town of Jerusalem. According to tradition, Jesus was crucified here and placed in his grave there. The Golgotha ​​rock lies on the right side of the entrance to the church.



 


The Western Wall


The most important sanctuary of Judaism is the Western Wall, which is located in the old part of Jerusalem. The wall consists of the remaining rocks of the ancient Jerusalem temple and measures 48 meters in length and a height of eight meters. Into the slits between the stones of the wall, many visitors are stuck a piece of paper with wishes inside, according to old tradition, should be buried on the oil hill once a month. Last but not least, this action for the Jews is always based on a revolution between human and God.



 

Yad Vashem


One of the most visited places in Israel is the Yad Vashem Memorial. In its halls, the killed Jews from World War II are thought of, and in many pictures and documentation they are reported by National Socialism.

 

Bethlehem


In the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem lies Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Bethlehem is located in West Jordan and is administered by the Palestinian Authority with its 30,000 inhabitants. The city is separated by the West Jordan Wall (Wall) from Jerusalem. The birthplace of Jesus was built in 333 AD, and the sacred house is one of the oldest buildings of the early Christian period. The Geburtskirche enter their visitors via the so-called humility trail, which is 1.20 m high and can therefore only be crossed in a stooped posture. Good to know: From Jerusalem to Bethlehem go public transport.
 





The Sea of ​​Galilee


The Sea of ​​Galilee is the deepest fresh water lake on earth and the largest lake in Israel. In the area around the lake are beautiful beaches and invite you to a bathing and relaxing holiday. In addition, many biblical stories took place around this place. For, for example, there is the Mount of Beatitudes, on which Jesus held his well-known mountain preaching.



 

The Dead Sea


Drive horizontally and literally on the Dead Sea and enjoy the water with the highest salt concentration in the world. However, a wellness bath is only perfect if you care for your body with sea foam and thus your skin is an absolute luxury program of relaxation. The surface of Lake Constance at 400m below sea level is at the same time also the deepest part of the earth. The Dead Sea is fed with the waters of the Jordan River. In the immediate vicinity of the sea are the caves of Qumran, where the oldest bibliography was found. (The caves can be visited by tourists.)






Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv, with a population of over 400,000, is a modern, cosmopolitan city where a great many young people live and a lively nightlife in the bars and restaurants. On the city beaches you can find wonderful diving and surf spots, but the highlight of the sights is surely the White City with its buildings and the associated imposing architecture - in the Bauhaus style. It is also home to the famous Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Eretz Israel Museum (History and Archeology), the Beit Hatefutsot (Diaspora Jews), the Ben-Gurion Museum, the Hagana Museum, Museum and the Jitzchak Rabin Museum in the port city again.



Hiking on the Israel Trail  


The Israel Trail is a 1,000-kilometer long trail that begins in the north in Dan and leads south to Eilat. Over the entire route, more than 20,000 meters of altitude are crossed and crossed by wonderful regions in the Holy Land.




 

Short hike on the Jesus Trail


On the Jesus Trail, which begins in the north of the country near Capernaum and ends in the direction of Nazareth, you will be guided on the footsteps of Jesus Christ. The trail is 65 km long and crosses the cities of Cana, Ilaniya and Moshav Arbel. You will get to know the beautiful Galilee region, which is a magnificent natural landscape, with many historical places around the Bible.

 

RAV card


Tourists planning a longer stay in Israel should get the free green "Rav Card" for public transportation. With the RAV-Card you get up to 20% discount against the paper ticket at the ticket machine and you can change as often as you want in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within 90 minutes (after the first stamps) as you want (does not go with normal bus and train tickets ). The Rav cards are displayed at the central bus stations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and elsewhere
 
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