Best Group Activities in Jerusalem

Best Group Activities in Jerusalem

When choosing Jerusalem for your next conference event, it is essential to consider the incentives that extend beyond the venue itself. One significant aspect is the team building potential, with various engaging activities available throughout the city.
autor iconBy Yevgeny Tarabanov, Anat Landa , May 21, 2024

When choosing Jerusalem for your next conference event, it is essential to consider the incentives that extend beyond the venue itself. One significant aspect is the team building potential, with various engaging activities available throughout the city. These experiences enhance team cohesion and allow participants to explore and appreciate Jerusalem's unique cultural and historical context. Companies can improve their employees' synergy and productivity in this environment by engaging in activities that foster communication, trust, and innovation. These experiences break traditional conference settings' routines and leverage the city's ambiance to inspire and rejuvenate your team.

Team-building activities can prove crucial for organizations striving to excel in a competitive market. With its fusion of modern amenities and historical allure, Jerusalem offers a unique advantage, creating an ideal backdrop for activities that challenge conventional thinking and foster unity. 

Food tours of the Mahane Yehuda market with Yalla Basta

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Jerusalem’s historic Mahane Yehuda open market is a produce and spice market by day and a bistro and bar scene by night. Vendors and merchants, as well as restauranteurs in the ‘shuk’ can be three-generation businesses opened by the grandparents who immigrated to Israel from Middle Eastern and Northern African countries, recreating the traditional dishes of their communities, passing them down to the younger generations who are serving them today. 

The ‘shuk’ is one of the many culinary adventures awaiting visitors to the city. It is a perfect activity for groups to enjoy the smells, tastes, wonderful atmosphere, and market stories. 

Highlights of the Market: 

  • Iraqi kibbeh soup 
  • Cheese-filled Georgian pastry 
  • A cup of healthy juice, chai, or Kings Drink 
  • Affogato or cold brew or coffee 
  • Knafeh treats or ice-cream sandwich 
  • Locally brewed beers or Jerusalem Gin and Whiskey

Book your tasting vouchers for the best dishes via Yalla Basta

Book the night tastings with the best drinks in town with Yalla Basta

Western Wall Tunnels

Photo: Ministry of TourismPhoto: Ministry of Tourism

Jerusalem has 3,000 years of archeology findings that reveal the city’s fascinating history and significance for the three major monotheistic religions. Every stone tells a story. One of the highlights of your time in Jerusalem may be a guided walk from the Western Wall to the glass elevator down through rock layers to the underground tunnels that tell the story of ancient Jerusalem. 

The Wall, though just 75 meters long, is part of a two-millennia-old story dating from the time of the Hasmoneans that is revealed as you descend into the earth. The slightly more than one-hour underground tour offers a glimpse of the astonishing engineering challenges Herod faced as he sought to expand the Temple Mount. 

Highlights of the Tunnels: 

  • Ancient spaces under the Old City reveal important archaeological findings, such as large stone vaults and arches, cisterns, and an ancient water aqueduct trench. 
  • Because the tunnels run along the western side of the Temple Mount, according to Jewish tradition, the site of the Holy of Holies, there is a synagogue where prayers and Psalms are recited. 
  • The site offers a virtual model illustrating how this extraordinary site looked 2,000 years ago.

Gazelle Valley

Photo: Ricky ChenPhoto: Ricky Chen

Initially slated for housing, the residents fought to make it an open park. The Gazelle Valley is the largest urban nature site in Israel and home to dozens of gazelles who live in a natural habitat. 

This is the best place to watch deer in natural behavior: in the Gazelle Valley, there are about 110 deer in conditions that are very close to life in the wild. As in nature, they huddle together, fight over possessions, and mark territory in various ways. Alongside the deer live dozens of species of birds, animals, insects, flowers, and plants, and they maintain a natural ecosystem that sustains itself without assistance. 

Highlights of the Gazelle Valley: 

  • The Gazelle Valley has no entrance fee, and groups are not required to coordinate their visit in advance. 
  • You can borrow binoculars and find out where something interesting is happening at the given moment. 
  • Several guides of the Valley walk around the park. Their job is to monitor what is happening and explain what you see. You are welcome to ask them anything. 
  • The Valley is accessible by foot, private car, or bicycle and is designed to be as accessible as possible for wheelchairs and strollers.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Photo: Zvia AdlerPhoto: Zvia Adler

Over 7,000 species and varieties of different plants worldwide make up the university botanical garden in Givat Ram, Jerusalem. This is the most extensive botanical garden in Israel, covering 150 dunams. 

The collection of living plants in the garden is the largest in the Middle East. It is spread across six geographical sections - Southern Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, Southwest and Central Asia, and the Mediterranean Sea. The garden plots simulate the flora of each region and display spectacular blooms throughout the year. In addition, the garden has a tropical greenhouse and a desert greenhouse, which create a space that simulates the specific type of climate, in which plants grow in habitats of this kind in nature. 

Highlights of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: 

  • The garden offers Many tours and workshops, including independent tours or guided tours. 
  • There is a spacious restaurant looking over a beautiful lily pond. 
  • The Garden is fully accessible and can offer different kinds of groups and activities, such as learning how to garden and maintain the garden, learning about medicinal plants, and many more.

Museum for Islamic Art

Photo: Avshalom AvitalPhoto: Avshalom Avital

The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem is devoted to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects and archaeological artifacts that represent Islamic art across the ages, through conquests and regime changes, from the 7th to the 19th centuries. In the past four decades, the museum has earned a reputation as the home of one of the world's most important collections of Islamic art, and the only one of its kind in Israel. 

The permanent display gives a broad view of and a deep insight into, the artistic treasures of the Muslim world that extended over Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and India, and west as far as Spain. These treasures – ancient pages of the Qur’an; utilitarian items of pottery, metal, and glass; and luxury items such as jewelry, ornaments, and rugs – reflect the wealth of forms and styles that characterize Islamic art. 

Highlights of the Museum for Islamic Art: 

  • Don't miss the spectacular collection of rare watches and clocks, one of the world’s most important, assembled by Sir David Lionel Salomons in the early 20th century. 
  • Different tours are available and offer an in-depth experience of the museum. 
  • A brand-new experience: some exhibits can be viewed using 3D technology.