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Jerusalem Trail

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  • Blick vom Skopusberg nach Jerusalem
    Blick vom Skopusberg nach Jerusalem
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Varied two-day walking tour to the most important sites and sights in and around Jerusalem
moderate
Distance 44.2 km
19:40 h
979 m
979 m
821 m
493 m
The Jerusalem Trail is the best way to combine an active holiday with culture. The 44 km route leads from Sataf through and around Israel's capital. Numerous historical sites and sights are passed along the way: The Old City, the Kidron Valley, the Mount of Olives, the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, the Garden of Gethsemane with its gnarled olive trees and Mount Scopus are just a few of the well-known places in Jerusalem worth seeing. The route is mostly on wide dirt roads outside Jerusalem and on paved road inside. 

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Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
821 m
Lowest point
493 m
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Track types

Asphalt 12.71%Forested/wild trail 63.23%Path 1.97%Road 21.98%
Asphalt
5.6 km
Forested/wild trail
27.9 km
Path
0.9 km
Road
9.7 km
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Safety information

The Jerusalem Trail is very irregularly marked with blue/gold/blue or white/blue/white signs. The entire trail is only about half signposted and difficult to find without GPS. From Lifta to Mount Scopus (834 m) the trail is not marked; from Mount Scopus to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial occasionally.

The route should not be covered in the hot summer months.

Tips and hints

Accommodation tips:

Start

Sataf (697 m)
Coordinates:
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31.775594, 35.127017
DMS
31°46'32.1"N 35°07'37.3"E
UTM
36R 701416 3517531
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Destination

Sataf

Turn-by-turn directions

The Jerusalem Trail starts at Tarbut Sataf Reserve west of the city of Jerusalem. We follow the white/gold/white signposts, which initially take us about 11 km on unspoilt paths in a north-easterly direction through the countryside. On the way, we pass the Harat Mountain. After crossing route 1 twice, the path leads us in a south-easterly direction to Maoz Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem. On Shmu'el ha-Navi Street we reach the northwestern part of the Old City. We follow Route 60 up to Mount Scopus, from where we have a fantastic view over Jerusalem. We walk back down the south side of the hill and along narrow paths through the Kidron Valley. To our left is the Mount of Olives, to the right is the Temple Mount. We now walk south along the Old City and reach the Knesset, the Israeli Museum and the Hebrew University. Now we re entering the outskirts of the city again. We pass the Hertzelberg with the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem as well as Ein Kerem, an ancient city within the present city limits of Jerusalem. To get back to the starting point, we follow the path past houses and across fields.   

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Public transport

Take the bus from Jerusalem to the bus stop at Tarbut Sataf Reserve.

Getting there

From Tel Aviv on Route 1 towards Jerusalem, take the Har ' el Interchange exit and on Route 3965 follow the signs towards Mevasseret-Ziyyon / Moza Illit until you reach Tarbut Sataf Reserve.

Parking

Large car park at Tarbut Sataf Reserve

Coordinates

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31.775594, 35.127017
DMS
31°46'32.1"N 35°07'37.3"E
UTM
36R 701416 3517531
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and sufficient fluids are recommended.

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


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Verena Kleger 
February 21, 2019 · Community
Es war wertvoll ein Tag mehr einzuplanen und Zeit zu haben in kleinen Kaffees und Beizlis von Jerusalem auch mit den Menschen in Kontakt zu kommen.
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When did you do this route? March 15, 2017
Photo: Verena Kleger, Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
44.2 km
Duration
19:40 h
Ascent
979 m
Descent
979 m
Highest point
821 m
Lowest point
493 m
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