The Top 10 Sights in Jordan

Travel to Jordan without any tourist traps: Here you will find the top 10 sights in Jordan. Read which highlights and attractions you should not miss on your holiday in Jordan!

Mystical Jordan lures visitors with the breathtaking landscapes of its wadis, magnificent castles in the middle of deserts and, above all, the world-famous rocky necropolis of Petra. Absolute relaxation can be found at the Dead Sea and those who have had enough of tranquillity can visit the lively souqs in Amman.


Rock City Petra

Information on places of interest for your holiday in Jordan with travel tips, pictures, travel guides, climate, weather and entry requirements - © Adriano / Fotolia
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The Rock City of Petra is one of Jordan's most spectacular sights. In the rock city of Petra, hidden in a valley basin, you will find breathtaking architecture that leaves every visitor breathless. Gigantic temples were carved directly out of the bright red sandstone. In 1985, Petra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Citadel Hill (Jebel el Qala'a) in Amman

The Citadel Hill in the center of Amman, Jordan, is one of the oldest permanently inhabited places in the world - © flog / franks-travelbox
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The Citadel of Amman is located on Jebel el Qala'a and is a prominent landmark in the centre of Amman. The citadel was of great military and religious importance for many centuries. The ruins of the citadel are also an ideal starting point for a sightseeing tour of Jordan's capital.

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Mount Nebo

Memorial stone on Mount Nebo in Jordan, from which Moses once beheld the land intended for the Israelites by God - © flew / franks-travelbox
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The biblical Mount Nebo in the west of Jordan lies in the Abǎrim Mountains near the border with Israel. Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land for the first time from here. For this reason - and also because of its fantastic view - Mount Nebo is a much-visited pilgrimage and tourist destination today.

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Kerak Crusader Castle

The impressive crusader castle of Kerak in western Jordan once sealed the fates of kings and their empires - © flog / franks-travelbox
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The Crusader castle of Kerak was built between 1142 and 1161, is located in the west of Jordan and once sealed the fates of kings and their empires. In the 12th century, its defiant walls were a base for the Crusaders in what was then the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Its ruins also house an archaeological museum.


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Roman Theatre in Amman

The Roman amphitheater in the east of Amman was built in the 2nd century AD and is still remarkably well preserved today, Jordan - © flog / franks-travelbox
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The Roman amphitheatre in the east of Amman is still very well preserved today, so it is also used as an impressive venue. The amphitheatre dates back to the 2nd century AD, holds around 6,000 spectators and was built on the orders of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.

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Wadi Rum

The Wadi Rum is the largest wadi in Jordan, 100km long and impresses with spectacular rock formations in the red sand desert of Jordan - © hecke71 / Fotolia
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The Wadi Rum is 100km long and is the largest wadi in Jordan. The Wadi Rum was formed about 30 million years ago and impresses visitors with spectacular rock formations and prehistoric petroglyphs. In the evening, you can admire breathtaking sunsets followed by a dreamlike starry sky. In 2011, UNESCO declared Wadi Rum a World Heritage Site.

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Gerasa (Jerash)

Gerasa (Jerash) in the north of Jordan is one of the best preserved provincial cities of the Roman Empire with its nearly 2,000-year-old buildings - © flog / franks-travelbox
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The ancient city of Gerasa is also known as the "Pompeii of the East". It was once part of the so-called Decapolis (Greek for "ten cities") founded by Alexander the Great after his conquests in the Middle East. Here you can marvel at temples, streets and churches that are almost 2,000 years old.

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Gulf of Aqaba

Beach section in the Gulf of Aqaba in the north of the Red Sea, Jordan - © Zbyszek Nowak / Fotolia
© Zbyszek Nowak / Fotolia

The Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea is one of the most sensational diving spots in the world. Here, visitors from all over the world find white beaches and luxury resorts in the city of Aqaba. The coast of the Gulf of Aqaba is bordered by four countries: Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Gulf of Aqaba is considered a link between Europe, Asia and Africa and is an important trade route.


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Dead Sea

View of the Dead Sea shore at sunset, Israel/Jordan - © frag / Fotolia
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The Dead Sea is the deepest lake on earth and is bordered by the states of Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea - actually an 800 square kilometre lake - has a salt content of over 300g per litre of water, which means that a person would not sink on the surface of the huge salt lake. The minerals of the Dead Sea mud and water also play an important role in the medicine and cosmetics industry.

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King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Amman

The majestic King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in the capital Amman has been the largest and most important mosque in Jordan since 2005 - © VLADJ55 / Shutterstock
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The majestic King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Amman was built in 2005 and is one of the most important mosques in Jordan. With its four majestic minarets, the mosque towers 1,000 metres above sea level and cannot be overlooked above Amman. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI also paid a visit to the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque.

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