Free Walking tour starts every day at 11 AM
Meets outside of the Government Information Office just inside of the Jaffa Gate on the left hand side of the street.
Look for the guide with the red shirt that says: "new EUROPE"
Note: Tips are expected at the end of the tour!
Walking on the Old City wall promenade is great, but circling the walls on the outside provides other views, other angles. The Corob Walk is just outside the Old City walls, connecting Jaffa Gate and the north-western corner of the wall, near the New Gate. When you are walking under the walls, so near to them, you feel their immenseness, their power and their elegance.
We took this walk on the Saturday before Easter, watching the pilgrims and the tourists from all corners of the globe. Three weary Russian pilgrims were resting against the wall (see photo), others were buying Easter eggs, cakes and candles. We could hear a mixture of Greek, Russian, Hebrew, English and a dozen other languages.
At the northern end of the Corob Walk you reach the Saint Louis Hospice, one of the finest French buildings in Jerusalem.
For those of you who aren't visiting Jerusalem as part of a tour group and are spending at least a week or so be sure to take a day to just roam the streets and corridors of the Old City. Nothing quite compares to the cobblestone streets that twist and turn through the Old City with something new to see and smell around every corner. Every bit of space is put to use and there is always a frenzy of activity...at least until the sun goes down and the Old City quickly becomes vacant. (Apparently the vendors of the Old City work banker hours) I never felt unsafe as I roamed the streets and can't imagine there is any reason to be concerned for your safety as long as you use common sense and there aren't any religious reasons that might make you stand out...otherwise I would highly recommend taking the time to explore the Old City and get lost for a day.
Walking aroung the Ramparts of the Old City is a great way to get your bearings & see the Old City.
For security reasons, parts of the ramparts are no longer open to the public, which is a shame.
It is Possible to join the Rampart walk next to various gates Jaffa, Zion, Dung, but I went up next to the Damascus Gate.
It is advised not to walk the Ramparts alone, particulaly women.
One of the things I like the most in Jerusalem is to walk around in the old neighbourhoods, some houses are really beautiful and amazing. You might even just be invited inside for a cup of coffee.
Walk in Jerusalem, feel the people, the special old streets, go to the old city to all the historic places, it will be a very special experience for you.