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Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is appropriately described as the City of Gold. It is magical, with the mix of ancient history and modernization blended together to form a worldly experience. Jerusalem will forever remain one of the holiest cities in the world, where an interesting mix of religions living together in tolerance, respect and harmony. But religious pilgrimage isn't the only reason to visit Jerusalem: those not interested in religion can choose from a wide range of vacation activities and night-time entertainment to keep busy and enjoy the ambience to all hours of the early morning. Views from the hills around Jerusalem are breathtaking.
Jerusalem has a pleasant climate with generally lower temperatures compared to areas along the coast or in the desert. Temperatures from May to September average between 27 °C and 31 °C during the day, between 16 °C and 18 °C at night. December to February has highs of 13 °C to 16 °C and nights are rather chilly, 5 °C to 7 °C. Temperatures of 42 °C have been recorde though, as well as possible frost during winter, though not severe (-3 °C). May to October is almost completely dry while January and February have around 130 mm of rain (or, though rare, sometimes snow).
|Avg Max||11.8 °C||12.6 °C||15.4 °C||21.5 °C||25.3 °C||27.6 °C||29 °C||29.4 °C||28.2 °C||24.7 °C||18.8 °C||14 °C|
|Avg Min||6.4 °C||6.4 °C||8.4 °C||12.6 °C||15.7 °C||17.8 °C||19.4 °C||19.5 °C||18.6 °C||16.6 °C||12.3 °C||8.4 °C|
|Rainfall||133.2 mm||118.3 mm||92.7 mm||24.5 mm||3.2 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0.3 mm||15.4 mm||60.8 mm||105.7 mm|
Israel Railways has trains to/from Tel Aviv via Beit Shemesh. A high-speed link will open in 2011.
For now, only buses (and taxis) are the only option of getting around by public transport, but the Jerusalem Light Rail will open somewhere in 2010 or maybe 2011.
|Little House Bakah||1 Yehuda St||Hotel||-|
|Agron Youth Hostel & Guest House||Agron St. 6||HOSTEL||77|
|Alcazar Hotel||6 Almutanabi||Hotel||-|
|Beit Ben Yehuda Guesthouse||Ein Gedi STreet 28||Hostel||-|
|Citadel Youth Hostel||Jerusalem Old city Jaffa gate 20 st Marks road||Hostel||80|
|Hashimi Hotel & Hostel||Souk Khan el Zeit no 73 Old City||HOSTEL||-|
|Jaffa Gate Hostel||Old City, Jaffa Gate, in front of David's Tower||Hostel||79|
|Mount of Olives Hotel||53 Mount of Olives Road P.O. Box 19017||hotel||74|
|New Swedish Hostel||David ST.29,Jaffa Gate,Jerusalem P.O.BOX 19084||Hostel||75|
|The Jerusalem Hostel||44 Jaffa road Jerusalem||Hostel||75|
|The Jerusalem Inn Hotel||7 Horkanos st.||Hotel||-|
|Yitzhak Rabin Youth Hostel & Guest House||1 Nahman Avigad St., Jerusalem||HOSTEL||-|
|Citadel Guesthouse||Saint Mark Road 22 old city, Jaffa gate||hostel||-|
|New Palm Hotel||4 Hanivim Street||Hotel||-|
|East New Imperial||Jaffa Gate Old City||Hotel||-|
|Jerusalem Panorama Hotel||Hill of Gethsamane, Ras El Amoud||Hotel||68|
|Petra Hostel||Jaffa Gate No. P.O.Box 14030 Jerusalem||Hostel||71|
|Rivoli Hotel||3 Salah A Din street||Hotel||-|
|Capitol Hotel Israel||17 Sallah A Din Steet||Hotel||74|
|Eden Jerusalem Hotel||Giladi St. 4 Jerusalem||Hostel||-|
|Abraham Hostel Jerusalem||Davidka Square Ha'neviim 67||Hostel||-|
|Prima Park Jerusalem||2 Vilnay Street||Hotel||-|
|Commodore Hotel||Samuel ben Adaya Street||Hotel||-|
|Montefiore Hotel||7 Shatz st||Hotel||-|
|Jerusalem Gate Hotel||43 Yirmiyahu St.||Hotel||-|
|Jerusalem Hotel||Nablus Road||Hotel||-|
|Eldan Hotel||24 King David Street||Hotel||-|
|Jerusalem city center vacation||Baruch Ben Neriya 5 Nachlaot||Guesthouse||-|
|Lev Yerushalyaim Hotel||18 King George St Rejwan Square||Hotel||-|
|Little House in Rehavia||20 Eben Ezra St Rehavia||Guesthouse||-|
|City Center Jerusalem||2 HaHistadrut St||Guesthouse||-|
|Little House in the Colony||4a Lloyd George St||Guesthouse||-|
|Hebron Hostel||Old City, 8 Aqabat Etkia, Souk Khan el Zeit||HOSTEL||77|
|The Jerusalem Little Hotel||40 Jaffa Road||HOTEL||77|
|Palm Hostel||Hanivim Street 6||HOSTEL||74|
|Le Sixteen||Agripas 21||Hostel||-|
|National Hotel Jerusalem||Al Zahra Street||Hotel||-|
|The Golden Walls hotel||Sultan Suleiman St Damascus Gate||Hotel||-|
|Victoria Hotel||8 Al – Masoudi Street P.O. BOX 19374||Hotel||-|
|Allenby #2 Jerusalem||2 Allenby Square Corner of 1 Tora Mizion St.||HOSTEL||-|
Israel is a technologically advanced society, and internet cafés are widely available in most cities and towns. The regular price for paid internet cafés is about 15 shekels per hour but you can get it for about 10 shekels in some of the more local places. Free Wi-Fi access is common in cafés (check individual articles). All branches of 'Aroma Espresso Bar', 'Arcaffe', 'Café Café', 'McDonalds' and 'Yellow' convenience stores have free Wi-Fi access, though in some you will have to approach the staff for a password.
Recently, the "Jerusalem Wi-Fi" project started. This government started project aims to cover the entire Jerusalem area with Wi-Fi although at the moment the only areas covered are in the city center. A similar project has started in Tel Aviv and in Karmiel in the north. Some other cities are following suit.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international country code for Israel is 972. Emergency numbers include 100 (police), 101 (ambulance) and 102 (fire). 112 is supported in mobile networks.
Currently Israel offers support for all the available networks including GSM/UMTS (Pelephone, Cellcom and Orange), CDMA (Pelephone) and iDen (Hot Mobile). In any case, you must check with your carrier about the roaming option and the compatibility of your device in advance. A valid suggestion otherwise is to turn off data services.
You can rent a cellphone for use in Israel either before your trip or once you arrive from several firms. You can also rent smartphones with sim cards included sometimes for lower than the cost of renting just a sim card. Vendors such as Israel Phone Rentalsoffer the advantages of a sim card rental without having to worry about bringing your own phone to Israel. If you have a GSM cellphone without a SIM-lock, you can buy a SIM-card. Prepaid SIM cards are available at Pelephone (Talk & Go), Cellcom (Talk Man) and Orange (Bigtalk) phone stores throughout Israel. Almost all shopping malls will have a Pelephone, Cellcom or Orange kiosk or store.
There are many public phones scattered around. Public phones can be always found at hotels, post offices, central bus stations and train stations. These phones use a Telecard, which, today, is a pre-paid calling card that works only with pay phones and can be purchased at post offices and some stores, as well as ordinary calling cards. Some phones also accept credit cards, usually those in hotels and post offices.
The Israel Post is the national postal service of Israel and generally has fast, reliable and affordable services. Efficiency means that letters and postcards send by airmail just take about 3-7 days within Europe, a few days more to the USA and Australia. Express Mail Services (EMS) is available, with which you are guaranteed to have the postcard or letter delivered within 72 hours anywhere in the world. You can buy stamps at post offices, or newspaper stands/kiosks or some souvenir shops and hotels. The main post offices are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 8:00am to 2:00pm on Friday, though some might keep longer hours. Branch offices and post offices in smaller towns keep shorter hours, usually with a break from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, and on Wednesday and Friday only during the morning. Parcels can be send by the regular post offices or with companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx and DHL.
Post offices in the Palestinian Territories are open Saturday to Thursday, 8:00am to 3:00pm.
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