{Travel Israel} Top 12 Dos & Don'ts tips for traveling to the Holy Land.

s echs Days and nights in Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, Bethlehem, Jericho, Qumran and the Dead Sea. A fantastic, colorful and exciting land of contrasts, in which the most diverse religions and cultures live together as mixed in the spin cycle. An almost stunning mix for Northern Europeans - with some unpredictable rules of the game.

Before we come to excessive sightseeing later, I have here for you my 12 most important tips, Dos and Don' ts for traveling to the Holy Land. So that you can enjoy the journey to the fullest and not at all cause major irritations or unfortunate situations.

#do: Have earplugs

Israel's big cities are wonderful lively, buzzing and loud - Tel Aviv especially at night . Even if you hate ear plugs and can not really sleep with them - be sure to pack some. It could just happen that your accommodation (especially on roundtrips ), on a main road, in a busy neighborhood or in an Arab neighborhood with a mosque. Then you suddenly have to do with never-ending honking (see also #Car driving), thumping bass from clubs or the nocturnal call of muezzin from the next minaret. Not to be underestimated in Tel Aviv are also the entry lanes of the two airports as well as the regular patrols on the coast.

For a relaxed sleep after long and short flights In any case, you should plan accordingly for exciting days. These are my favorite silicone earplugs *, which are comfortable to wear and maintain and last for several months. Maybe they will soon become your best friends.

# don't: As a pedestrian politely grant precedence

For the well-bred northern Europeans at first very irritating: the general rules of movement that apply to Israel's streets, pedestrian zones, markets and bazaars. For Israelis, this is very clear: where a pedestrian fits, two will certainly fit. And a stroller in addition. If you want to go somewhere, just go. The standing to the North European standards polite standing, waiting at doors, narrow passages or at crosswalks is not known and is interpreted at most as a hesitation. Anyone who does not work has obviously not decided where he or she wants to go - that's why everyone else goes.

But the whole thing is never ruthless or boorish. It's more a general gentle push, a slight push and pull. For Northern Europeans, this constant body contact may be a bit disturbing at first. However, if you leave the electricity to the power of relaxation and assert your right of way gently but persistently, you will get along wonderfully.

Especially at crosswalks you should definitely act as a pedestrian . Who passively waits on the sidewalk, that eventually a car stops, will certainly never get on the road. The eyes fixed on the approaching car, courageously takes a clear step on the road - so you correctly indicates that you want to cross the road. By the way, the cars will stop too.

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#do & don't: driving with your best friend: the horn

Speaking of cars, that's right as varied as the country is the driving in Israel .However, the American principle applies here: overtaking is left and right. Outside the tourist areas, one must expect that the street signs are only shown in Hebrew and Arabic. Therefore, a Navi is absolutely indispensable if you are traveling without a local driver or guide.

In the cities it is then over with the relaxed Dahingleiten then quite fast. Although the traffic is not with that in Giant metropolises such. Bangkok, but presents some Northern Europeans challenges . Traffic lights are usually respected - but otherwise drives, who wants to drive (or the courage to do so). The Horn is an enormously important means of communication. It is constantly honking. Little good-natured sounds indicate that you drive, stop, park, go somewhere in or out - a noise you get used to quickly. If you are traveling with the "own" car, a comprehensive insurance without excess is an absolute must. It is best to park your rental car at the next available parking lot after the motorway and moves (the own nerves to love) in the larger cities with the well-developed public transport or the taxi (see also #

For the Rush Hour mornings and evenings, especially on the highway from/to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem , long traffic jams that only take hours dissolve again. The Israelis then stared patiently at 40 degrees in the shade in their cars. I can not recommend that though. It is best to drive this route in the early morning, noon and afternoon, and later in the evening.

#do: A water bottle with refill option

You know Traveling Northern Europeans, that one should drink in hot regions . In Israel this is absolutely essential in spring and summer. One quickly forgets that one is in the same latitude of countries such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. The sun is burning, the air conditioners are running, hot winds are whipping, especially in the desert regions - and suddenly there is a swarming, because one is not used to the climate and has drunk too little. If you realize that too late, the threat of dehydration and spontaneously no water in the vicinity, the holiday can end very unpleasant.

In the big cities, you can of course usually at the Buy a bottle of water in the nearest corner - however, ice-cold water should be avoided in heated northern European bodies, especially with regard to possible gastrointestinal irritations. Better lukewarm water drink. On longer trips to rural attractions or to the autonomous areas, it becomes more difficult (especially on the Sabbath) with water supply. There you will often find spontaneously no kiosk or supermarket, where you can secure supplies. When traveling in an organized tour group, you do not have much time to look for a business longer. So take a supply with you.

My recommendation: It's best to have a larger unbreakable and easy to refill sports bottle * with you, drink regularly and replenish whenever you have a chance. The tap water in big cities can be consumed without worries. Some museums and national parks also have specially labeled drinking water dispensers .NO! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE! Please do not make this mistake! While walking around in Israel's big cities as a not too sensitive type with sun protection factor 30 and shoulder-covering clothes copes well, apply to the largest salt lake on earth very own rules of the game . And you should definitely take this into account if you want to continue your holiday unscathed.

The salinity of the water is about 30%. In combination with the strong sunshine and a pleasant wind, this results in a mixture that gives sun-kissed skin the color of cooked lobster in no time at all. Of course, you do not notice the sunburn while you are still bathing in the lake or relaxing on a lounger. But I've seen fire-red bodies that I just would not have thought possible before. All my sympathy still applies to these drawn tourists, who have certainly endure torture for weeks.

The Dead Sea Professional has sunscreen with at least a factor of 50 * and creams Take care before bathing and sunbathing all over your body. While bathing in the lake, a headgear (see also # Multifunctional It-Piece) and sunglasses make perfect sense. After leaving the water, wash thoroughly with freshwater and keep in the shade. If necessary, apply sunscreen. And a lot of drinking (see also #wasserflasche).

By the way, should not make the extremely salty water in the eyes or the mouth - strong burning and gagging could be the result. Before leaving your bathing area at the Dead Sea, you should wash your swimwear very carefully with fresh water. The high salt content in the Dead Sea can otherwise attack and decompose the colors and, in the worst case, the fabric itself.

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#do and don't: Taking pictures where, when and whom

Da Every year millions of tourists flock to the holy places and to the party metropolis Tel Aviv, most Israelis are used to the fact that in public places, markets, bazaars and places of interest is constantly photographed. Some Israelis even occasionally pose for a photo.

If you want to be especially polite before you take a picture of a person, you briefly lift the camera with a questioning look. Otherwise, it is clearly shown by a stern expression and a wave of despair that the person does not want a photo.

However, special sensitivity is appropriate for Muslim women. Even though these are e.g. At a market stall selling their goods in public, photos are often perceived as offensive and inappropriate. So be sure to address the lady politely and ask for permission . And should the lady be in traditional dress and accompanied by a gentleman, always address the Lord. Although this approach does not necessarily coincide with our feminist conceptions, it does correspond to a polite and respectful treatment of the other culture. As a tourist you probably would not like to embarrass other people like the uneducated ax in the woods.

Also at the Wailing Wall , in churches and at religious places this is Photographing and filming common practice . During church services in Christian churches, one should better abstain from respect for the faithful.

Actually strict photo ban rules the Wailing Wall on the weekly Jewish holiday, Shabbat (Friday afternoon to Saturday night ).Since on every other day of the week prayers can be photographed uninhibited, one should absolutely adhere to this prohibition. If you ignore it, you have to reckon with the doubt that prayers will undoubtedly put an end to the inappropriate activity .

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#do: The indispensable multifunctional IT piece for the Lady

In Israel, there is no reason or commandment for a Western lady to cover her head. However, under the sizzling sun, the idea that a headgear is quite a sensible proposition is quite likely to come naturally. The model of choice should cover the neck as soon as possible, be able to withstand the very strong winds prevailing on the coast and in the desert and not fly away at the first breeze. If it's still made of a material that's breathable and breathable, you're really well equipped.

I found my Multifunctional It-Piece : a plain, thin cloth made of viscose. Not only is it very cheap to buy, it is also very light and can be folded in a purse at a pace pack size.

It also offers the best protection against sudden sandstorms

Even in stark, air conditioning-related temperature differences in cars or buildings the cloth a good buddy. Loosely put over your shoulders like a Pashmina, it protects you from the cold and the breeze.

And should one of the religious places actually find your clothes too revealing for access (especially in Christian churches), the cloth transforms into a chaste woman without cleavage and shoulders covered in no time at all. Perfect! Here are the gentlemen in the background.

A selection of matching cloth models * can be found here.

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# don't: Use the Sabbath elevator

The Torah decrees that believing Jews should rest on the Sabbath holiday, and not work. The "generation of a spark" is already considered work. The operation of electrical machinery and equipment or driving a car are therefore taboo on the Sabbath. Many religious and especially Orthodox Jews follow these rules . However, to keep up with the rules in modern life, there are a few tricks and clever devices , such as the Shabbat elevator. This will automatically stop on every Saturday in hotels and residences on every floor without having to press a button. Especially in the big hotels on Tel Aviv's beach promenade you can spend quite a while traveling until you arrive on the 23rd floor. That's why I prefer to walk a few floors or look for the "normal" elevators for non-Jewish guests.

#do: Turn on the taximeter

Black sheep are everywhere. Some taxi drivers try to negotiate a fixed price with their inexperienced passengers before traveling. This is in most cases, but significantly higher than the normal fare for the route.There is a statutory fixed price

of the current 165 shekels plus 5 shekels for each larger piece of baggage carried. Incidentally, in many taxis you can pay wonderfully cashless with a credit card - but before getting on the road, it's always better to ask the driver if this payment option is available.

#do: Take action, pay & tip

For tourists in northern Europe, this is often an unsettling affair: action . The good news is that Israel is traded only in the bazaars of the Old City in Jerusalem and by hawkers near attractions. Here, the seller usually estimates double the desired retail price. When buying interest, the first counter bid should be 35-40% of the total. Then you can finally agree with the seller on 50% of the first mentioned sales price.

In the numerous markets in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities, it is absolutely uncommon, too act. Usually, the prices are anyway so cheap that there is no "need for action". Even in normal stores you always have to pay the price shown.

You can pay in stores and sometimes in markets with credit cards - and Although often also without signature and PIN. So you should take care of your baby very well, since in case of loss or theft, abuse is made very easy.

In restaurants and bars is a tip . If it was particularly good, as in Germany 10% of the total billings are appropriate. You can give the money after paying the service or just leave it on the table. When paying by credit card you enter the tip on the receipt - however, it can be difficult to hit the right line here - because who reads fluent Hebrew (by the way, from right to left). The custom prevalent in Germany to give more than the billed amount shown and then get back "fitting" a bank note or certain coins, should not be used in restaurants, bars and cafes with service. Otherwise it can lead to ugly misunderstandings , because it is automatically assumed that the overdue amount is a tip.

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# don't: Too precise and" German "Being & Having No Plan B

The people of Israel are open, helpful, friendly and cheerful. However, service and on-time delivery is much more relaxed than in Germany. Even in expensive restaurants you often have to expect to meet "unskilled personnel". The maid may not meet the usual expectations with the distribution of soaps and towels one or the other time. And the friendly gentleman at the front desk - despite binding assurances - may have forgotten to book the pre-ordered taxi.

Anyone who persistently judges by strict "German" standards will one or the other time certainly annoying or dissatisfied. Here you should absolutely relax and adapt to the country conditions . One can assume that nobody wants to annoy one on purpose. If something has been forgotten or is not resolved to satisfaction - just ask nicely or ask for rectification.at the airport) you should definitely install a time buffer and if in doubt also have a plan B in your pocket. If the pre-ordered taxi does not appear or a bus connection fails, it is very helpful to know or even have time to find out about these alternatives. Too short, "German" calculated schedules will definitely take revenge sooner or later.

#do: Easy entry and exit

Israel's entry is easy with the Passport . In the past, stamping in passports occasionally made it politically more difficult for tourists to enter certain countries, so Israel is currently refraining from making a permanent entry into the passport. Instead, you will receive a small paper printout, a "tourist voucher" that contains all the relevant data and that must remain in your passport for the duration of your stay . Please do not include the passport in the hotel safe, but always always as an ID document . Those who are afraid of loss or theft should copy the passport and take additional photos. The copies can be stored in the hotel safe. The photos are safe on a smartphone and in a cloud.

Israel has very high security standards , especially at airports. Each individual passenger is interviewed on leaving prior to check-in and classified into a specific security group based on their travel history and other factors. Depending on which group you land in, the Security Check is sometimes more time-consuming and tedious. That's why you have to plan at least 2 hours or more for your departure at the airport. Of course, all questions of the security personnel are to be answered truthfully. But if it can be avoided, it is better not to talk excessively about his Palestinian good friends or long trips in the Palestinian territories. There are still tensions between Israel and the autonomously administered areas of the Palestinians. The whole thing is a security issue and can lead to a particularly intense and protracted security check.

I have spoken with Jews and Palestinians - many have expressed their desire that soon all people in Israel will be at peace and quiet Freedom to live mutually with one another. I can only wholeheartedly endorse this wish.

Schalom & Salām - and have fun in beautiful Israel!

If you have further questions on a specific topic, feel free to write me in the comments! Maybe I can give you one or the other helpful tip.

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