German Colony

Exploring Jerusalem

The German Colony, known in Hebrew as HaMoshava HaGermanit; is one of Jerusalem’s most popular neighborhoods. The German Colony is a fascinating mixture of Jewish traditions; Arab and German architecture; and American modernity. As you stroll through the community; you will witness stately manors; upscale restaurants; and high-end boutiques. Unlike the many more traditional Jewish neighborhoods in the historic city of Jerusalem, the German Colony gives off a cosmopolitan vibe.

In This Photo: Old & New Found in the Colony

The reason why this neighborhood is so vastly different from others is due to its history. The neighborhood was established by the German Templers who had previously created colonies in Haifa and Jaffa; which quickly explains why this neighborhood is called the German Colony! The Templers were a sect of Christians who had broken away from the Protestant Church and encouraged members to immigrate to the Holy Land to prepare for the Second Coming. Soon, though, the demographics of the German colony changed. 

In This Photo: View of the Former Community Center Built by the German Templers

The German Colony – A Hip Place to Walk Around 

Over the years, this neighborhood attracted quite a few wealthy Christian Arabs to move in, who, in turn, left their unique mark on the community. When the Templers made the poor choice to support Hitler in the 1930s, their time in this neighborhood came to an end when the British authorities kicked them out. Then, during the War of Independence, the fighting between the Jewish and Arab populations caused all the Arabs living in the German Colony to flee; leaving it nearly empty until new Jewish immigrants and Americans settled there. Peace and gentrification soon led this neighborhood to grow and become what we know it as today. 

In This Photo: A Typical Street in the NBH

While German people originally established the German Colony; those who live here now are primarily upper-class Israelis and Americans. As you walk down the street, you will rarely hear anyone speaking German; you will mainly hear English as the predominant language, and occasionally Hebrew as well. English as the primary language is one reason why so many tourists flock to this neighborhood.

In This Photo: Near the NBH You Can Find the ‘First Station Center‘ Which Used to Be the Historical Railway Station in the Ottoman Period. Now A Commercial Center with Restaurants and Shops.

However, the main reason the German Colony became one of the most popular neighborhoods in Jerusalem is due to Emek Refaim Street that bisects the area. Fashionable boutiques, charming cafes, and delightful restaurants line the Emek Refaim; offering plenty of things to see and do for all kinds of tourists. Whether you want to watch a movie, go window shopping, or grab a delicious bite to eat, the German Colony is the place to be! 


Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Bible Lands Museum


King’s Castle (Chateau du Roi)

King’s Castle also known as Chateau du Roi, is a Crusader fortress of the Castrum type located in the village of Mi’ilya in the Upper ...

Best National Parks in Israel

Which are the best National Parks in Israel? So I've compiled a shortlist of my top 5 parks for those planning to visit the Holy Land soon!

Design Museum In Holon

The Holon Design Museum in Holon is the first museum in Israel to focus on design. Showing the importance of design in a developing country.

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi is a top popular attraction in Israel. A natural oasis in the middle of the desert you can explore and cool off during hot days!

Dolphin Reef

Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins? The Dolphin Reef located in the Gulf of Eilat is a utopian destination for nature lovers!

Tel Azekah

Tel Azekah, also known as Tell Zakariya, was a town in the Judaean Hills, guarding the upper reaches of the Valley of Elah, not so ...

El-Jazzar Mosque

The el-Jazzar Mosque, also known as the White Mosque, is located on el-Jazzar Street inside the walls of the old city of Acre.

Photos In Beit Guvrin National Park

Where can you take the best photos In Beit Guvrin National Park? So Beit Guvrin National Park is a wonderful location for photos.

Maayan Harod

Maayan Harod or Ayn Jalut is the location of the famous 13th century Battle of Ain Jalut, considered a major turning point in world history. ...

Israel’s Top Sites

What are Israel's Top Sites?! Well, you've reached the right place. I've compiled here the best guide for the top destinations in Israel!

Need help?

Skip to content