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A big chunk of the Israeli economy is based on tourism. This is not a surprise, considering the fact that this country is the home of many historical sites. In fact, some consider Israel the cornerstone of the Western civilization. The reason is that this is the place where three major religions were born – Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

However, the beauty of Israel is not only in its amazing history but also in the modern-day achievements. The good news is that many tours to Israel also offer visiting some of the greatest wonders of modern-day Israel. If that’s what you’re interested in, here are 6 spots you mustn’t miss!

1. Coral Beach Underwater Observatory

Located in the southernmost part of the country, the observatory offers all kinds of activities related to the underwater life. The building itself is placed twelve meters below the sea, in the Gulf of Aqaba, which is a part of the Red Sea.

The visitors have a chance to explore the underwater universe through the observational decks, but also to learn more about the fish species native to this part of the world by visiting the nature museum that’s a part of the complex. There’s also an aquarium section with forty fish tanks, some of which serve as a home for sharks.

2. Ramat Gan

Located east of Tel Aviv Ramat Gan is the diamond exchange capital of the world. This area is filled with skyscrapers, occupied by many world-famous companies. Ramat Gan is also the place where you can find all kinds of museums, like The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, for example.

The largest Zoo in the Middle East, the Ramat Gan Safari is extremely popular among tourists, as it houses nearly two thousand animals. Ramat Gan is also the also home to many theaters and sports arenas, including the Ramat Gan Stadium, the largest football stadium in the country.

3. Jerusalem Sport Quarter

Jerusalem Sport Quarter is a building complex consisting of sports arenas and courts, but also hotels, restaurants and athletes’ residences. One part of the complex is the Pais Arena Jerusalem, the largest indoor arena, used for sports like basketball, volleyball, handball, etc. The Teddy Stadium, which is used by four different football clubs, is adjacent to the Jerusalem Sport Quarter.

4. Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv Museum of Art is arguably the most important art museum in this part of the world. It’s situated in a building in the central part of Tel Aviv, which used to be the home of the city’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The collection of the museum is vast – it houses an impressive collection of contemporary Israeli art, together with many classical works of art.

5. Design Museum Holon

Here’s another museum worth checking out! It wouldn’t be an overstatement saying that Design Museum Holon is one of the kind. Completely dedicated to the modern design, the museum features works of some of the most famous designers of our times. There’s also a theater, as well as a library, as a part of the museum building.

6. Israel National Trail

Inaugurated in 1995, the Israel National Trail is one of the most popular hiking paths on the planet. The 631-mile route crosses the whole country, starting at Dan, near the border with Lebanon, and ends at Eilat, which is the southernmost part of Israel.