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The First Station Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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Functioning as an important railway station for more than a hundred years, linking Jerusalem with the coast, the historic structure of The First Station Jerusalem serves a new purpose today as a cultural center and entertainment hot spot. Opened in the late 19th century, the station was abandoned in 1998 when that part of the railway closed. Visit the restored and refurbished complex to discover its lively marketplace, restaurants, and bars, or attend one of the live shows, festivals, and exhibitions the station often hosts. Plan to visit The First Station Jerusalem and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jerusalem attractions using our Jerusalem itinerary maker.
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  • We were staying in Bakka and happened on this area on our Saturday walk. It was packed with people, enjoying the many restaurants and lively music. There is a large children's play are at the North en...  more »
  • The First Station seems to have become a major attraction for both Israelis and visitors, especially in the evenings. There are several restaurants and on a couple of evenings as we went past there wa...  more »
  • many nice restaurants, and market. Lots of little vendors with nice jewelry and other items. There was nice dancing and music on the stage when i was there. VR headset activity for kids, kid only fun ...  more »
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  • It is wonderful what they have done with the oldest rail road in Israel. They made a tayelet (a promenade) out of the former tracks with tree boards. Along the way there is beautiful blossoms and nature. Every 50 meters by the tracks there is a little mural with a QR code with interesting historical facts. Along the way they have made a library out of a former bus stop where it is run by the people; people take and leave books, so everyone can enjoy. They have transformed the first station of Israel itself into a market place / hipster cafe area ... It's retro at it's best -naturally integrated. On the old columns there are historical facts about the station and Israel (even earlier, when it was a British mandate). At the end of the station, if you keep walking you'll find "The Lions of Jerusalem" - an impressive fountain. If you go further you can see the Old City and the Western Wall. The view when the sun goes down is almost out of this world. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to have a beautiful, educational and interesting walk through Jerusalem.
  • A wierd combination of a street market, a mishmash of shops and public tourist attraction occupying a historical place. A site that could have been unique and stylish is nothing of the sort, some shops that offer very little , some coffee shops that offer very little, some of this and some of that with nothing to spark the traveler interest. For a much better Jerusalem experience go to the German colony only a 100 yards away.
  • Calm and open place to sit and talk. clean and modern look. large variety of restaurants to choose from.
  • This is great on weekends especially. Good people watching and food. live music regularly.
  • Nice and full of little bars and restaurants. Also a couple of design shops and art galleries. Very nice for an afternoon or evening stroll