Masada National Park
Masada National Park
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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31°18'44.2n 35°21'53.0e
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Natalie Callahan
    Rochdale, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views, extremely hot!
    This was an incredible visit to King Herold's Palace! We'd originally planned to hike the Snake Pass as we're keen outdoor people. However, found that it was closed from 9am as a result of the extreme weather. Boy, were we glad!!!! Instead we bought a ticket for the cable car and took in the panoramic views on the way up. As we toured around the incredible grounds at the top, the temperatures peaked at 51 degrees (according to our watch) and we soaked up 6 litres of water!! Some incredible sites to see and helpful guides through to explain the design and the function of each room! Advice would be to turn left as you arrive at the top and save the front of he palace until the very end - it will be worth it!!! Take lots of water, and allow for a few hours so you can explore everything in detail!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • LoriAnd R
    Richmond, Virginia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing history and place to visit
    Amazing place to see. Partially and carefully restored. Fascinating history and worth the trip from Jerusalem. Recommend taking the bus for $5 rather than a private tour for $100 plus. (Take the West Masada bus stop and you are five minutes from the cable car).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Cédric M
    Geneva, Switzerland116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous ancient site !
    Outstanding historical site! Always dreamed to visit this place and I must say, I was not disappointed. The views from up there are amazing, you can sea the Dead Sea, the desert, the mountains and also the ancient Roman camps and the ramp they built to vanquish this marvelous fortress, built by Herode the Great.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Sanj S
    Luton, United Kingdom66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    King Herod found a great location
    Really interesting and well set-up place. Amazing history from the origins of King Herod's place to entertain guests, through to the brutal last stand of the Jews against the might of the Roman army. The views from the top are fantastic, and with a little less mist would be able to see the full width across the state of Israel.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a stroll through Jewish history
    Masada represents Israel's pledge to stay free, to honor more than 900 Zealots who committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the might of Rome. Stroll through the excavations of Herod's palatial retreat, Maada. Masada was a fortress; it withstood the Roman legions for four to seven months. The history of the siege, and the only remaining text, is "The Jewish War" by Flavius Josephus
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Reign68
    Rancho Cucamonga, California591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Masada
    We were blessed to visit Israel and Jordan 🇯🇴 last March 2023 before the Hamas and Israel conflict. Through Gate 1 Travel we reached Masada through one of their tour. Highly recommended go either group, tour manager , motor coach for safety and knowledge purposes. It was hot that time but the scenic route of the Dead Sea, the dry hills and mountains were amazing. The Masada has cable train to reach and once on the top of the mountain you will see the splendor of archeological site in your eyes. Bring umbrella, hat, sun block and water. It’s a moderate walking and steep some areas. They have cafeteria and nice souvenir shop too. They accept credit card
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • deborahk3
    Maidstone, United Kingdom1,822 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Masada National Park
    Masada is perched on the top of a plateau that looks out over the edge of the dead sea, to the west. The isolated fortress is thought to have been here as early as the 1st or 2nd century BC. It is now a UNECO world heritage site; and rightly so. If your fit and healthy, it's a strenuous 45-60 minute climb, for those less inclined, the cable car runs daily. The site contains fascinating ruins and offers spectacular views of the dead sea and beyond to the Jordanian mountains. Well worth the visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 23, 2024
  • JoSug
    Ra'anana, Israel203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun
    Easy to find - it's in the middle of nowhere. We took the cable car which is very short and good fun. We walked around the ruins which were OK. Nothing else up there. Its VERY hot - you need lots of water. It's all very old fashioned but the story is obviously interesting and it's great to see it.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2024
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This UNESCO World Heritage Site sits perched upon a nearly impenetrable desert plateau, high above the Dead Sea, now accessed by trail or cable car. With an historical background as the "fortress" ("Masada" in Hebrew), of King Herod The Great, it served as Herod's Winter Palace and refuge. King Herod died in 4 BC. The plateau had its own water supply and ample long-term storage facilities for food, with distant vantage sights, making this the perfect fortress. Masada's ultimate significance however; was the six month siege by the Roman Army's 10th Legion against the Jewish Zealots who had fled from Jerusalem from 66-70 AD. Ultimately, when the stronghold was to be breached by the Roman Army, who had constructed a ramp with a siege tower, the Zealots, along with their families, committed suicide in 73 AD, by throwing themselves off the plateau. The Masada Jewish Rebels are honored as national heroes of Israel, and Masada now exists as venerated ground, which should be respected.
The ruins of Masada are quite expansive and have been partially restored on some buildings to showcase their original purpose or identity. Signage also assists the visitor. Be certain not to miss Masada's largest structure, Herod's Western Palace, which sits upon three terraces on the northern face of the mountain. Offering fantastic vistas, pilasters, column fragments and colorful frescoes, a visit here is not for the faint of heart. Accessed by metal stairs suspended from the side of the cliff, this proved to be the highlight of my experience touring Masada.
Written January 26, 2020
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ydeng1
Cleveland, OH111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
WOW! The worst first: long lines to get tickets and the entrance and signage needs an upgrade with greater clarity especially for non Hebrew speaking/reading. We walked up the Snake Path and took the cable car down. Cable cars come quickly, every 15 minutes.

Amazing history of this Jewish stronghold against the Roman army. And great views atop on the top. It took 50 minutes to hike up on the Snake Path on this day in December. I am senior citizen; the hike was not difficult. But do not plan to go in the summer; it is much too hot then. This is a "must do" especially if you only plan to visit Israel once. There is a nice cafe also at the visitor center.
Written January 2, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This breathtaking elevated plateau/hill used to be a fortress and military fortification from the times of Herod (37-31 BCE) and made more famous by Josephus' account of the Roman siege of Masada (73-74 CE). The ruins of the fortress and fortifications are still there, a testament to the desperate bravery of those who stood against greater forces. The semi-desolation adds to the power of the place. You can either take a cable car or hike up to the top. If you're going to hike, wear sturdy shoes and take your time, because it can get very steep at points. I'd recommend going very early in the morning so you can see the sunrise from the top.
Written December 22, 2021
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xsteves
so cal379 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This place had the worst crowd control that I've experienced. They should limit the number of tickets they sell each day. They shove you into a movie theater for eight minutes, then we had a 45 minute wait to get on the cable car which is stuffed worse than the New York City subway. After you do your tour of the top, there was a 1-hour and 10 minute line to get on the cable car down in 83 degree heat with people pushing and trying to cut into line. Everything took so long that we couldn't do other things that were planned on the tour.
Written November 1, 2022
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Mrs K
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
On 22 September I was taken to Masada as part of a group of international judges organised by the Association of Israeli Judges, who were participating in the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Judges in Israel.

Several buses of meeting participants and accompanying persons ascended Masada in the cable cars late morning. After midday, when we assembled for our descent it became apparent that the cable car system had broken down.

After some time word filtered through that it was not known when the cable cars would be repaired and that we must walk down the ‘Snake Track’. By this time it was after 1:00 pm and really hot. For my observation the participants embraced this challenge and commenced the decent. Parts of the ‘Snake Track’ do not have hand rails.Some of my colleagues fell over and hurt themselves. One had to be taken down on a stretcher. There are no toilet facilities or any any possibility to pop behind a bush if you are in need on the way down.

For my part I thought that I was going to suffer heat stroke. As an Australian I know the signs. I tore a ligament in my left foot as I was not wearing hiking boots. Two lovely female Spanish judges assisted me on the last 200 m of steps.

This episode has brought disrepute upon the operater of the cable cars of the Masada National Park and embarrassment upon the Association of Israeli Judges who organised this trip. The Association of Israeli Judges otherwise organised an excellent meeting.

Apart from the cable car incident the Masada National Park is a first class place to visit. Just be prepared to walk down the ‘Snake Trail’ if necessary. I would not not visit this place again. For my part it was a most unpleasant experience.
Written September 26, 2022
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mark j
Dallas, TX67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a visually stunning site; a fortress atop a mountain with incredible views of the Dead Sea and the surrounding desert. It is also has tremendous historical significance in that it represents the last futile hold out of the Jewish people in their uprising against the Roman Empire. From the fortress itself you can still see the remnants of the 5 or 6 Roman camps in the surrounding desert for which the Romans mounted their siege of Masada.
Written March 5, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Must visit site in Israel. If you are an amateur photographer: access via the gondola to save time, the trail is for the religious and hiker; go early or late for best light since the mesa is monochromatic; travel light, a DSLR with a zoom lens is all you'll need; expect post-processing the best images. Everyone: carry and use water, sunhat, sun block lotion since the only shade is under the shelter; be respectful since this is historically significant, the Jewish people have a motto, "Masada shall not fall again."
Written May 11, 2020
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK2,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Do start early if you want to visit this place. We arrived here i think around 8am and there is no queue to the cable car. If you come and visit later on, there will be loads of tourist and the queue will be very long. The ride up was beautiful.

The site did not disappoint. How intelligent people were in the old days from massive storage for food & drink, aquaduct, water system etc There a lines along the way to indicate which are original finds. Having a guy to tell us what things are was fab.

Worth a visit. Look out for birds. They are a delight !
Written January 25, 2020
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA4,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Vast ancient ruins from the time of Herod, but upon a massive plateau in the desert.

Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. A cable car and a long, winding path climb up to the fortifications, built around 30 B.C.

Among the ruins are King Herod's Palace, which sprawls over 3 rock terraces, and a Roman-style bathhouse with mosaic floors. The Masada Museum has archaeological exhibits and recreations of historical scenes.

Small metal models throughout the location show want the original structures would ha e looked like in their original form.

Impressive and a must see if staying in or around Jerusalem.
Written November 18, 2022
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Helena H
Trutnov, Czech Republic51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We wisited Masada in February and the weather was great. By accident we drove to the west side and had to walk up, but from that side it was only a 15 minute walk and it was worth it. There is actually a camp there, too and the drive is through beautiful Judean desert. We noticed there was an outdoor theatre, too, which must be interesting.
Written February 18, 2020
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