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Jerusalem’s First Station: your destination for seasonal Fall fun

Icon September 15, 2019
Icon By Shai Navon
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Ready for a fun experience in Jerusalem this fall season? The First Station is centrally located and is the perfect first stop for a taste of what this great city has to offer.

Humble Routes

Jerusalem First Train Station

The First Station was originally the historic railway station in Jerusalem, Israel, located between Hebron Road and Bethlehem Road, near the German Colony. The station opened in 1892 as the terminus of the Jaffa –Jerusalem line. In 1998, this railway along with the station was closed, and the station lay neglected for many years. After undergoing an extensive restoration, it reopened as a cultural and entertainment center in May of 2013.

Centrally located

Jerusalem First Train Station

One of the best parts of visiting the first station, is the easy access it offers to some of the most popular destinations across Jerusalem. You can pick up a free shuttle ride to the old city, head over to the world famous Menachem Begin Heritage Center, jump on the bus to The Jerusalem Arena, where you can experience one of the local sports teams or a music show, or simply walk over to the IMAX Theater, Lev Smadar Cinema, and the Jerusalem Cinematheque, all of which are a walking distance away.

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A Destination for Everyone

Today, the First Station is a hub for culture, food and entertainment. The rail yard features wooden decks, food stalls, kiosks and vendor carts selling everything from souvenirs, arts and crafts, and various quick food items. There are also several restaurants and bars located in the area, and an exciting exhibition featuring historic photographs. Looking for the perfect gift? Your options abound as you walk through the aisles of local artisans offering original items that will fit any taste and budget. The site hosts musical, literary and artistic events, and adjoins a bike path that links it to the Train Track Park, a walking and cycling path built along the route of the old train tracks that connect major city nodes, such as the Jerusalem Zoo, Sacher Park, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Israel Museum. A range of various sports activities to suit every age and activity level are also offered throughout the week. And when it comes to music, the First Station offers a wide range of musical experiences, form well  known artists as well as up and coming street performers. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop about upcoming, current events that happen there year round.

Restaurants to suit every taste

Jerusalem First Train Station

Whatever you’re craving, the First Station boasts an impressive selection of bars and restaurants, with both kosher and non-kosher options. They also host seasonal food and beverage festivals that bring locals and tourists together to enjoy exceptional flavors from around the globe. Check out their website for a complete list, and be sure to call beforehand for reservartions, especially if you are visiting with a large group.

For the kids

Jerusalem First Train Station

The First Station isn’t just for adults! Kids of all ages will have a ball exploring the station in their own children’s station. As part of the children experience, there is an original copy of a steam train from 1889, the only one of its kind in Israel! The antique carousel attracts both kids and kids at heart, and is not to be missed! Nearby, a children’s activity tent offers fun fitness classes in a friendly and safe environment for kids ages 2-12.

Have fun!


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