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Exploring Jerusalem’s First Station: From Historic Israeli Train Depot to Thriving Social Hub

Jerusalem, Israel


The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew
The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew

The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew, is a historical site that has been transformed into a modern cultural center. It combines historical significance with a contemporary lifestyle, making it a unique attraction for friends and family.


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“The First Station stands as an example to Jerusalem's ability to blend its rich history with modern culture, offering an experience that encapsulates the essence of the city. It’s a great place for both kids and adults to enjoy the beauty of Jerusalem.”

The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew

The First Station has transformed into a bustling center for shopping and dining. Originally a 19th-century train station, it now features a variety of shops and restaurants, offering a variety of local and international cuisines. The venue is lively with concerts and cultural activities, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists. For families, there are rides and attractions specifically designed for children. This unique blend of history and modern entertainment makes The First Station a must-visit destination in Jerusalem.

 

Originally an Ottoman-era train station, the first in Jerusalem, The First Station has a long history dating back to the 1800s. Its inception involved figures like the architect Dr. Konrad Schick and philanthropist Moshe Montefiore. However, the successful establishment of the railway was credited to Yosef Navon. The architecture of the station was influenced by 19th-century European and Templar designs, using local limestone for construction. After the station closed in 1998, it underwent reconstruction and preservation works, reopening in 2013 as a leisure complex.


The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew

Today, The First Station is a lively concourse bustling with activities, restaurants, shops, and events, making it a popular destination for both tourists and residents. It is one of the few places in Jerusalem open for business on Saturdays, catering to a wide range of visitors.

 

While modern developments have somewhat obscured the original train station building, you can still appreciate its architecture from the David Remez Street entrance.

 

Some of the restaurants at The First Station include Station 9, Rebar, Fresh Kitchen, Vaniglla, Cafe Lindor, Adom, Fiori, HaMiznon, Captain, and Twins. These eateries offer a variety of cuisines, appealing to different tastes and preferences. There are many kosher choices, but as always, be sure to the check the kosher certification before dining. I enjoyed a nice meal at Lechem Basar, a restaurant I've also had the pleasure of dining at in Tel Aviv.

 

The First Station hosts a range of activities, including yoga and Tai Chi classes, dance classes, outdoor film screenings, concerts, and festivals like Jerusalem’s Annual Beer Festival. Additionally, the site features a children's area with rides and fitness and dance spaces, making it a versatile location for a variety of interests.


The First Station in Jerusalem, Israel, or "Tachana Rishona" in Hebrew

Close to The First Station are other notable spots like the Kahn Theatre, Yes Planet Cinema Complex, and the skate park in Liberty Bell park.

 

The First Station offers ample parking options and even operates a free shuttle to the Wailing Wall from its southern car park.

 

The First Station stands as an example to Jerusalem's ability to blend its rich history with modern culture, offering an experience that encapsulates the essence of the city. It’s a great place for both kids and adults to enjoy the beauty of Jerusalem.


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