Five kilometers South of Bethlehem, next to the street to Hebron, are three lakes surrounded by tall spruces. They originated in the era of King Solomon (950 BC). The Bible tells that Solomon had them created for his 1000 wives to bathe in.
The pools once were part of a water supply system for Jerusalem. Herod the Great had the waters lead through an aqueduct to Herodion and probably also to the capital. During the reign of the Turks, the water was lead through a 10-centimeter thick pipe to Jerusalem.
Lifegate is an institution for physically and mentally handicapped children and adolescents. Palestinian and German employees take care of young people in this facility. Lifegate in Beit Jala belongs to the rehabilitation network of Palestine. www.lifegate-reha.de
The Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem is regarded as one of the most modern children’s hospitals in the area. Every year, about 35.000 infants are provided with medical care – regardless of religion, nationality and social status. www.kinderhilfe-bethlehem.de
Most visitors of the Holy Land are not likely to have enough time to discover the country for example by foot or on a bike besides all the sightseeing. The “agenda” for one week is rather limited to the world famous attractions - and one usually doesn’t even manage to see them all.
So it’s time to think about getting to know the wonderful country using a different way. Israel and Palestina are no inside tips when it comes to hiking. On the contrary, the landscape’s range of variety within short distance makes it very attractive.
The so-called “Jesus Trail”, a 65 kilometre path following his traces through Galilee, from Nazareth to Kapernaum, is one of the most famous trails for pilgrims. While it was just an inside tip a few years ago, the people responsable for tourism have developed a well-marked route, that is manageable to walk in just a few days. Still, one can feel far from civilisation while hiking through the fertile hilly land. There is a lot of useful information on
Hiking from the East and West to Jerusalem promises a more adventurous character and is also far more tiring. Starting from Latrun, it is a constant uphill-walk until the edge of the capital near Abu Gosh. For this trip, several stages with overnight stays would be planned.
Even more spectacular is a hike from Kibbuz Almog through the Judean desert as well as through a part of the Wady Kelt towards Jerusalem.
The abundance of “classic” sights in the old part of the town and its immediate surrounding often don’t leave any time to see other parts of Jerusalem. But for example a walk around the lively “Mahane Yehuda Market“ is really worth a visit. There is so much to see and buy; two or three hours can pass real quick.
A special experience to see Jerusalem from a whole other perspective is a ride on the modern metropolitan railway that was established in 2011. 14 kilometres lead from Pisgat to Mount Herzl in the Southwest.
Visitors looking for nice dinner restaurants or to experience the nightlife of the capital will definitely find what they are looking for around “Jaffa Street”.
Jerusalem: 9 km
Tel Aviv: 70 km
Akko: 170 km
Haifa: 145 km
See Genezareth (Tiberias): 180 km
Baden im Toten Meer bei Kalia: 45 km
Qumran: 50 km
Ein Gedi: 85 km
Eilat: 320 km