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​Castel National site


Credit Ronit Rozen

​Castel National site


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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

details

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.

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​Castel National Site

Useful Information
Opening Hours

                                        Entrance closes one hour before cited closing time                                    
Summer 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
Contact us
Phone: ‎02-5955012 Email: 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430li.gr1565962430o.apn1565962430@lets1565962430ak-lg1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 1565962430 Fax: ‎ 02-5330476
Access

Central Level:



  • Parking

  • paved walkway

  • movie

  • gathering area for groups

  • restroom

    Lower Level:

  • Paved access by vehicle

  • Signage at the memorial site for the visually impaired.

    Upper Level:

  • 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.


Entrance to dogs

Prohibited


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).


Getting there
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.


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Entrance fees Campground Fees
Type Fee
Adult ₪ 22.00
Child ₪ 9.00
Adult in group ₪ 19.00
Child in group ₪ 8.00
Student ₪ 19.00
Israeli senior citizen ₪ 11.00
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