Discover 10 surprising facts about Jerusalem that will make your next trip to the Holy City worth it. Our friends at From the Grapevine give you 10 reasons to make Jerusalem your next travel destination:
1. It's greener than you think.
Surrounded by spectacular natural scenery – from forests to rolling hills – Jerusalem is more than its cobblestone streets. With its own version of New York City's Central Park, an enormous collection of more than 10,000 plants at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, and numerous other green spaces, it's an ideal destination for nature lovers.
Among the city's wild residents are graceful gazelles and charismatic foxes. The city's main park, Gazelle Valley, is the ideal home for wildlife – lush greenery dotted by ponds, crossed by streams and shaded by trees. Several lookout points encourage visitors to observe the animals and plants in the park.
2. The city hosts a spectacular light festival every year.
Jerusalem makes an incredible transformation, completely set aglow by lights and projections (pictured above), every summer during the Jerusalem Festival of Light. Hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the bright city streets, watching projected displays and examining light-themed works of art by artists from around the world.