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“Worth a trip...drive onto Gush Etzion and the wineries” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Herodion National Park

Herodion National Park
Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
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Ranked #33 of 238 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Worth a trip...drive onto Gush Etzion and the wineries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Echoing many reviewers very pleasantly surprised with how well done. Excellent explanations! See the movie at the guest center, then walk up, and be sure to come down through the tunnels and to Herod's tomb ruins. The amphitheater is not restored, but they are restoring the King's chambers above the amphitheater and there are frescoes being restored, and some great reliefs in the walls and columns...

Then go on past Herodian onto Route 356 and then turn on 3157 towards Efrat (spelled Ifrat at the junction), many wineries some with very good restaurants such as Lone Tree. Easy return to Jerusalem via hiway 60.

Visited January 2014
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“Worth Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The city of Herod is 20 minutes from Jerusalem and it's very well conserved. It's a historic place worth visiting.

Visited January 2014
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“Priceless views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Less than 30 minutes by car from Jerusalem and 12 kilometers to the south is this strange place. You follow the road towards Betlehem and Hebron some 4 kilometers. Then you turn left to road number 398 towards a brand new suburban town named Homat Shemuel and in the next round about look for the sign to Herodion. After this it is straight ahead. You will pass an Israelian checkpoint. But it won't cause you any difficulties driving in a rented car to Herodion.

King Herod had some magnificent projects built to him: the Jerusalem temple, Caesarea, Massada and Herodion. Herodion contains a spacious palace, tunnels and a theatre. It is a large cone shaped hill more than 700 meters above sea level, the highest peak in the Judean desert.

A tip: walk right up to the top/ palace and after that walk down into the tunnels. The tunnels are wide and well built, but the steps are quite high. Therefore it is easier to walk these steps down. After the tunnels is also the theatre.

It is very much worth a trip from Jerusalem.

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting Excavation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Herodian is a site just outside of Jerusalem. It is a pretty easy drive and a place that you can do a self-guided tour. There is a movie you can watch that gives an overview of the history of Herod and the preparations for his funeral. While somewhat kitschy, it provides context and perspective.

The ruins consisted of three primary parts - the Palace, the theater, and tunnels, which include a huge water cistern.

If you are interested in seeing ruins, there are more impressive examples of ruins from various periods throughout Israel, but this is a short trip and something different if you have been to other sites such as Caesaria or Beit She'an or do not have time to go beyond the Jerusalem area.

Visited December 2013
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“Very special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I have planned to visit the Herodion for a very long time and it haven't dissapointed me at all. The national park is located in a extraordinary area in the yehuda desert, with a one of a kind view of the area. The fortress and the public bathing complex makes this place a must visit place in the jerusalem district

Visited December 2013
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