Upper Galilee and the Golan Sights

Mount Bental Observatory

  • Off Rte. 98 and Rte. 959
  • Mount Bental
  • Observatory/Planetarium

Published 03/15/2016

Fodor's Review

From the top of this volcanic cone, once a military outpost, Mount Hermon rises majestically to the north and the Syrian side of the Golan stretches eastward. Opposite is the ruined town of Kuneitra, captured by Israel in 1967, lost and regained in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and returned to Syria in the subsequent disengagement agreement—it is now a demilitarized zone. Modern Kuneitra is in the distance. The cluster of white buildings south of old Kuneitra houses the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. A pine-cabin shop serving coffees, herbal teas, and a nice selection of snacks is the perfect place to get out of the wind that often sweeps this peak. The observatory is near Kibbutz Merom Golan; signs along the rural roads point the way.

Sight Information


Off Rte. 98 and Rte. 959, Mount Bental, Northern District, 1243600, Israel

Published 03/15/2016


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