Don't drink the water on the Mary's well !!!
A lot of christians come to the village and drink the water or take water with them.
Although they might be holy they are still undrinkable.
The climb up to the visitation church can be very hard if you are not in shape , although it is a 5 minutes climb...
You can't come with a car so you must walk.
I can cheer you up by saying that going down is easier and the view worth it !
If you are :
1. afraid of dogs / cats
2. alergic to dogs / cats
3. hate dogs / cats
4. dont want to see dogs / cats while you eat
stay away from the En Kerem Inn (Pundak En Kerem) because they have dogs and cats walking around the tables even inside the restaurant.
Parking in En Kerem is not a fun stuff... the streets are narrow , not too many places to park and if you come on friday or saturday , which are the Israeli's free days , it can be very crowded.
There are places to park on the maayan street.
If you are driving to Jerusalem area from the center of Israel (Route no.1) don't drive too fast - the road can be tricky.
Also - if it is winter it can be foggy and slippery.
While returning from En Kerem i saw 2 car accidents.