Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list!
Short Bio: Michael Bauer has been coordinating, directing and guiding tours and educational seminars for 16 years. Michael is married to Ella, and has three sons: Yahm, Gahl and Maayan. He lives in Kibbutz Bet Guvrin. Michael has a B.Ed. in Education and in Israel’s History and is a licensed tour guide. As a tour guide, Michael has been working with groups of both Israelis and foreigners from all over the world. He has led adventure tours in Jordan, the Sinai and Turkey, as well as educational programs in Poland and Germany. Michael Bauer spent two years on the west coast of the United States where he worked for the Jewish Agency as a “shaliach” (emissary), writing, creating and running educational programs and projects related to Israel. As an educator who specializes in the education of the Israeli-Arab relationship Michael developed seminars and workshops which deal with topics as: Israeli Arab relationship, co-existence, Israel’s borders and Middle East politics. With his family, Michael is on an ongoing search for more sites, destinations and topics to share with others.
Occupation: Field Educator/ Tour guide, Galim Educational tours
Born in: Israel
Live in: Kibbutz Bet Guvrin Israel
Facebook: Michael Bauer
Favorite World heritage site: UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Best way to/from the airport: Taxi
Best way to/from the train station: Taxi
Favorite 5*: Mamilla Hotel
Favorite Budget hotel: Harmony Hotel
Favorite fine dining restaurant: Chakra
Favorite casual restaurant: Azura at Mahane Yehudah market.
Favorite cafe: “Mizrachi” at the Mahane Yehudah market
Best museum: Israel Musem- The Israel Museum
Most popular local food: Falafel
Local drink: Ice Aroma
10 places in Jerusalem visitors must see:
- Western wall.
- Dome of the rock.
- Church of the holy sepulcher.
- Markets of the old city.
- Yad Vashem holocaust museum.
- Mt. of olives.
- Mahane Yehudah market.
- Haaz promenade.
- City of David
- Davidson center.
Best place to volunteer: Save A Child’s Heart
Best websites: The Official Website of Jerusalem
Beat travel tip : Have an open mind to learn.