Ramparts Walk
Ramparts Walk
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Unique and special incredible one-of-a-kind "bird's-eye-view" of the ancient historical and Biblical Old City of Jerusalem
* Experience ancient history from more than 2000+ years ago on a ramparts built more than 600 years ago and view from above a living vibrant bustling city
* Imagine being medieval warriors defending the Old City
* This encircles most of the Old City in both directions from Jaffa Gate

CONS
* The walk is a challenging exercise- read strenuous
* Total sun exposure with no shade
* The walkway is craggy and uneven and can be slippery (even without rain)
* There are a good number of steep steps (going up and down) and they are huge
* There are infrequent exit points to descend

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because I attended an evening event in the Ophel (Davidson) Garden. The ramparts walk was not part of the agenda, no one was doing it and no one was supposed to be doing it.... but the entrance was open and unguarded, and so off I went. I climbed and i walked and I looked and I explored and I took a number of "helpful" 👍 photos .📷, including those of two mischievous boys following the adventurous 69 year old into uncharted territory.

The walk that i did started at Dung Gate and went to the east past Silwan (City of David National Park) and then turned north to approach the southern wall of the ancient Holy Jewish Temple, with the ancient steps and the excavations of buildings and ritual baths from 2000+ years ago displayed in all their glory. I then proceeded to stand directly underneath the soot-covered dome of Al Aqsa Mosque, with those behind a window with iron grates stared at me.

I watched from above as descendants of the Levitical caste of Biblical priestly assistants learned their "Hallel" (thanksgiving) songs that they were to perform for the Biblical Feast of Booths and Tabernacles.

I then came to the "piece-de resistance": I stood alone and unencumbered and unobserved and unmonitored absolutely next to the original southern wall of the Holy Temple. I could have touched it easily without even extending my arm, but I don't touch the Western Wall, so i didn't touch this southern wall either.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Hey- I paid a trivial pittance of 20 Israeli shekels to enter by saying that I belonged to the Biblical Levitical caste of servants to the priests of that ancient Holy Jewish Temple. For that, I got to watch them practice and sing and perform in their dress regalia and to explore the stunning excavations of the amazing Ophel Archaeological Garden (Yitzhak Ben Youssef Levy Garden) and do this ramparts walk- see my many "helpful" 👍 photos 📷.

For commoners who are not royalty, the fee is 25 Israeli shekels with tickets purchased at Jaffa Gate.

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
For sure and i intend to do that- if the event happens again, I'll say again that I am a member of that Biblical tribe.

ADVICE
* This is definitely recommended if one is fit to do the walk on narrow slippery stones and huge steep steps scattered throughout
* Obviously be in (reasonably) good shape and bring sun cream, sun shade (hat) and water

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Written 19 April 2024
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Emily B
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We tried this activity on a whim because we wanted to get a better feel for the layout of the city of Jerusalem. The tickets allow access to both the southern and northern ramparts (entrances are near the Jaffa gate). Ticket prices were reasonable and the entrance window allowed for flexibility in visit times.

I preferred the southern ramparts because they were cleaner and better maintained and the views were nicer overall.

I would not recommend this experience to anyone with mobility or balance issues as there are uneven surfaces/steps and slippery stones. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and hold onto handrails.
Written 7 August 2023
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The Wolf of Boca
107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Hidden gem of a tour in the old city of Jerusalem that you should try to do- a few things- don’t do this in August, it’s hot and a killer walking on top of the wall - I enjoyed it but you have been warned, also the signage isn’t the best make sure you hook up with a tour guide, try not to do this on your own. The wall is hard over 3 miles I believe and tons of stairs, is it’s not for the feint of heart - it’s a tough walk but we’ll worth it.

When you do the first part getting back to the Jaffe Gate is tough, so if you don’t have a guide don’t be afraid to ask around or jump in a taxi, the second half which starts at the David Tower was a walk in the park, some step steps but it was the easiest part, that ends at the Dung Gate near the Kotel. Do that first, visit the Kotel, grab a bite and then walk back to the Jaffe gate and do the second part.
Written 3 August 2023
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
First up , there are 2 routes for the Ramparts walk , the one I chose, was the Northern ( clockwise) route , the ticket office being located about 10 metres inside the old city's Jaffa gate - entrance fee is 25 shekels - you use the digital ticket to actually access the walk , at the beginning .

Before you EVEN CONSIDER doing this walk , it is advisable to take these common sense steps ( no pun intended )
1 The walk is strenuous /physically demanding ,and if you have knee or feet problems , then better to do something else .
2 Take good strong shoes for the walk , you can walk in sandals , but the stones of the wall are slippery ( even in Summer) from many thousands of walkers smoothing them down over the years .
3 Bring drinking water , you'll need it !!.
4 Stop regularly for photo breaks , or just to rest - the walk took me over an hour in the hot July Sun ,
4a Some people might need 2 hours .Some of the steps on the Ramparts walk are quite steep and narrow - you have been warned !!!,
5 if you don't think you can complete the entire route , there are escape exits along the way ,
6 .......and lastly take time to consider how these walls were constructed , they have withstood many wars and several rulers , if only modern houses were built so well !!! .
Written 13 July 2023
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lktnz
Golden Bay, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a fantastic walk. Well worth doing the longer Northern section as well as the Southern section. We are not young but just took our time, hats, sunblock, decent walking shoes and plenty of icy cold water! (We freeze water bottles!)

As well as seeing the 'main attractions' of the Old City and beyond from a different perspective, we also had an insight into the lives of people who live in the city. It was fab to see boys from the Christian Brothers' school using the basketball court in the holdiays!

The man in the ticket office was extemely friendly and helpful. Yes there are lots of steps but handrails everywhere and it is well fenced. We saw no-one on the Southern section and only a handful on the Northern. Wow!!
Written 17 June 2023
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newidad
New York City, NY94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This gives you a very good perspective of the Old City, it’s buildings, people and their activities. We bought one ticket valid for both directions but went on two days. Lots of steps up and down but not overly demanding and there are always handrails. We stopped multiple times to take in the special views and to listen to the muezzin during Ramadan. Very pleased that we did.
Written 16 May 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We took the Ramparts Walk (the Southern Route) from the Citadel (the Tower of David) and the first sight was a view of elegant Mamilla neighborhood with modern chic Mamilla Mall designed by Moshe Safdie, who was also the architect of Yad Vashem. We also spotted Montefiore's Windmill. Then we enjoyed the views of the Armenian and the Jewish Quarters from the walls, the Dome of the Rock golden cupola from the distance and walked back to the Citadel. We didn’t walk as fas as the Muslim Quarter.

The walk requires going up and down the stairs on uneven stone steps, so it might be a challenge for the people with mobility problems.
Written 17 April 2023
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Genevieve M
Los Angeles, CA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Go early or late since it is sunny (or bring a hat), but definitely worth a visit. Kids will especially enjoy it. If you download the app using the QR code on your receipt you can stop at different stations and listen to explanations.

You can't go 100% around the walls: you go one direction and then either back-track or descend and cross the city and then do the other side.

The ticket is cheap (about $7) and good for two days, so you could split it over two days.

Be prepared for some steep stairs--but that is how you get the incredible views!
Written 16 April 2023
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Harry K
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My wife and me left the ticket counter because of the rude and racist selling guys there. Never gonna go back to this place again. It was not the only bad experience in Jerusalem but the worst one. You can’t even ask people for directions there and expect a normal answer.
Written 29 December 2022
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ReeseNable
U. S. A.32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Don't bother. Yes, you do get up on the top of the wall and get to circle around the Old City, but it's a very narrow walkway with LOTS of stairs up and down. The man selling tickets was so rude we almost walked away and now I wish we had walked away. For 25 nis it's not a huge waste of money, but there are so many more interesting sights in J'lem.
Written 10 December 2022
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