The Castel was declared as a national park in 1980, commemorating the heritage forged in the battle over the road to Jerusalem, besieged during the War of Independence, and is a memorial site to the soldiers of the Har'el Brigade and the Moria battalion of the Etsyoni Brigade. It covers an area of 150 dunams.
How to get there
Castel National Park is 15 minutes west of Jerusalem. From the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway (no. 1) turn south at the Harel junction into the town of Mevasseret Zion. After passing the local council building turn right onto Ma‘aleh HaCastel St. and proceed to the parking lot. Head up to the site on foot.
Length of tour:
About 3 hours
Best season: year-round
Don't miss: Walking through the trenches and the rooms where Crusader and Arab construction can be seen incorporating Israeli fortifications.
Other attractions: Guided tours and activities are available by reservation, including a lamp-light tour (For more information call the Lowlands and Mountains Education Center, 02-623-2191.); memorial to the Jewish fighters who fell in the battle for the Castel; picnic grove (no barbecuing allowed).
Last entry one hours before above closing hour
SUMMER:Sunday-Tursday And Saturda-8 A.M.-5 P.MFridy And Holiday eves- 8 A.M.- 4 P.M.
WINTER:Sunday-Tursday And Saturda-8 A.M.-4 P.MFridy And Holiday eves- 8 A.M.- 3 P.M.
On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 8:00 - 13:00
Phone: 02-534-2741 Fax / Email: 02-579-5274
Adult: NIS 14; child: NIS 7Student: NIS 12Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 13; child: NIS 6
Click here for site pamphlet
In the Castel National Site adaptations to make the site accessible to people with disabilities are being made. Adaptations currently in place include: