Enjoy panoramic views of the Old City, modern Jerusalem and the villages in the valleys of the Judean hills from this elevated walkway.
Haas Promenade, known in Hebrew as the Tayelet, is an elevated walkway studded with cypress trees. It runs for about 0.5-mile (1 kilometer) along one of the city’s highest ridges. Stroll along the promenade in late afternoon to see Jerusalem’s domes and spires bathed in a golden glow.
Consider hiring a guide to find out more about the surrounding sights as well as the history of the promenade itself. People of Jewish faith believe the promenade is especially significant, as this is the site God showed Abraham where his descendants would one day establish their holy city.
From the promenade, try to spot the most famous features of the city’s skyline. The golden Dome of the Rock is visible, as are most of the historic Old City and Mount Moriah, where according to the Bible, Abraham took his son Isaac to be sacrificed.
Look for an imposing turreted building next to the promenade. Now the headquarters of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) headquarters, this 1930s building once served as the residence for the British High Commissioner for Palestine.
Consider bringing a picnic to enjoy on the promenade’s lawns. Stop at one of the benches along the walkways that make excellent spots to sit and savor the view.
Be sure to bring along a camera as the promenade offers some of the finest photographic opportunities in town. The best time of the day to go is in late afternoon at sunset, when the many light-colored stone buildings of Jerusalem’s cityscape appear gold or even red because of the setting Mediterranean sun.
To get to Haas Promenade, take a cab or ride a bus from the Central Bus Station in downtown Jerusalem. The ride from downtown should take about 10 minutes. The promenade is open and is free to enter at all times. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes so you can explore at ease.