Meet Castel National Site
The hill rising over Road 1 has become a symbol of the struggle to break through to Jerusalem during the War of Independence. Between trenches and bunkers, the Castel Park is a hands-on memorial to one of the fascinating chapters of the war.
Points of interest
- The position controlling the road to Jerusalem during the War of Independence, which has become a heritage site
- Group activity stations bring to life values such as friendship, leadership, determination and dependability
- Monument in memory of those who fell at the Castel
- Ancient well, in which an 11-minute film depicting the history of the Castel is screened
Video: The starting point of the visit is a covered area under a pergola where a three minute introductory video is screened. The area is accessible to people with disabilities.
Communication trenches: The path to the top of the hill passes through communication trenches. The trenches were dug up after the War of Independence, because until the Six Day War the Castel was a military post, continuing to serve as a position for defending the road to Jerusalem against a possible Jordanian attack.
The well: An ancient well, in which there are still signs of plaster and parts of an olive press. In the well, a presentation of the battle is screened – an 11-minute film describing the battle for the Castel.
The Mukhtar’s House: A spectacular lookout point and memorial site, where the names of the fallen in the battles over the Castel are carved on a rock.
Scenic trail: From the Mukhtar’s House, a scenic trail descends through lush, uncultivated vegetation to the parking lot. Alongside the trail, a relaxation corner has been created under the shade of an oak tree.
Castel National SiteUseful Information
Entrance closes one hour before cited closing timeSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
- paved walkway
- gathering area for groups
- Paved access by vehicle
- Signage at the memorial site for the visually impaired.
- Accessible by foot
- the dirt trail is not suitable for people using walkers and wheelchairs
- A visit to the memorial site at the top of the hill includes walking through trenches.
Dogs are allowed only when leashed and muzzled.
- Guided tours and activities are available by reservation, including a lamp-light tour (For more information call the Central District Guiding Unit, 972-86220835.) ; memorial to the Jewish fighters who fell in the battle for the Castel; picnic grove (no barbecuing allowed).
The Castel National Heritage Site is situated on the outskirts of the town of Mevaseret Zion in the Jerusalem Mountains. Access to the site is via the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway (road 1). From the Harel interchange, turn right to Rahvat HaAtzma’ut Street. After you pass the council building (on the left) turn right onto a street with no name and continue to the gate of the site. The right turn is signposted.
Reserving a visit to Castel National Site
|Adult in group||₪ 19.00|
|Child in group||₪ 8.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 11.00|
|Subscription – adult||₪ 27.00|
|Subscription – child||₪ 22.00|