Mount Bental
Mount Bental
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,631 contributions
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Dec 2019
If you visit Mount Bental, you can see former Israeli Army bunkers and learn about the battle that took place here during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. You can also take in views into Syria, which was a great reminder of Israeli borders and how close Israel is to so many countries! There's a cafe at the top as well. It was extremely windy up there when we were there, so if your guide tells you to take a windbreaker, TAKE A WINDBREAKER. Interesting stop.
Written January 8, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,845 contributions
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Jan 2023
This is an impressive sight where you can roam around Israeli bunkers and trenches used during the Yom Kippur War in October, 1973, see many sculptures by Yoop de Yong, view the surrounding area of Quneitra and the UN monitoring base. Enjoy some refreshments at Coffee Anan at 1165 meters above sea level. There is a signpost showing distances to cities throughout the world. It is worth noting that from here it is on 65 km to Damascus 65 km, but 161 km to Jerusalem. There are audio stations that describe the view and battle. It is cold and very windy here.
Written January 30, 2023
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Nevillezvi
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
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Apr 2014 • Family
Amir was recommended to us by friends and it was one of the highlights of our 3 week trip to Israel.

Amir met us on Mount Bental, and started to explain the location to us - it became clear very quickly that Amir's knowledge spans the history of the Golan, the ecology of the Golan and the geology of the Golan - he was awesome.

When he got us into his jeep and told the kids they could stand in the jeep while he goes off-road, they knew this was going to be fun, and it was. So he catered his tour to both us adults and kids, and never hesitated to go off-road and give the kids an extra bumpy ride, when they asked for it.

I do not want to ruin the surprise of the tour by listing everything we saw but he showed us wildlife, detailed heaps of Israeli history, bird migrations etc, and we ended up having a delicious lunch in Druze village - best felafel in all of Israel.

Today when people ask for the highlights of our trip, I definitely include Flying Turtle Jeep Safari. Don't miss it!
Written May 5, 2014
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davidzLondonEngland
Acton, UK104 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Family
Dont miss this opportunity to see Syria from the safety of Israel.
It is all so quiet and peaceful until you realise that the wispy cloud in the distance is actually the result of a bomb/ missile. There is a cafe at the top - wittily called Koffee Anan. And some UN peacekeepers talking with tourists whilst keeping an eye on events below.
You can walk into the observation posts and see Kunetra and the border line very clearly
Written April 11, 2015
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Ariel
Tel Aviv, Israel38 contributions
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May 2019 • Family
Beautiful views with fascinating history of the Golan. Great for a morning or afternoon visit to see the military fortifications
Written May 18, 2019
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Rabbi Eitan Guide
Jerusalem, Israel22 contributions
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Jan 2019
A stunning view with free entry and deep historical significance. After driving up the mountain you can look deep into Syria to the East, to the Hermon mountain in the North, and the Galilee in the West. One looks down on farm fields and orchards where the largest tank battle in world history, outside of WWII, took place between Israel and Syria in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. There is a nice cafe (not kosher certified) with bathrooms at the top. Entrance is free and there is a parking lot near the top, with a five minute walk up a path to the lookout post. Doable with strollers or wheelchairs (if you have someone strong to push them up the hill ;) ).
Written February 26, 2019
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Jacob
Jerusalem District, Israel186 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Family
Popped up here right before going to dinner. What an incredible view! If you're in the area it's totally worth it!
Written February 24, 2019
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Richard W
Tel Aviv, Israel218 contributions
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Jul 2018
I've been up here more times than I can count - including 20+ years ago as a US Army attache before the road and the tourist stuff was added. The view is the main reason to come here, and it's well worth coming just for that. On a clear day you can see at least 20-25km/12-15 miles into Syria, with some of the notable Yom Kippur battlefields and geographical features like Hermonit and the Booster Ridge clearly evident, as is the destroyed town of Old Quneitra, the headquarters of the UN Disengagement Observer Force at Camp Ziouani and the demarcation line of the UN-administered Area of Separation, the Israeli wind turbine farm on the distant ridge, Mt. Hermon to the north, and a lot of the northern Golan Hts. Mt. Bental is on one side of an extinct volcano, with the crater between it and adjacent Mt. Avital with its Israeli military intelligence collection equipment. There are two old Israeli Centurion tanks between the two hills (there are a lot of these scattered around the western side of the Golan). There is an old bunker atop the hill with trenches, a turret and underground rooms that's festooned with somewhat chintzy 2-dimensional silhouettes of soldiers to illustrate its use in the Yom Kippur War, and remnants of old barbed wire surround the bunker, which is easily accessible to visitors. Educational additions for tourists are map boards showing the towns and major geographical features, a recorded explanation in Hebrew or English, and a couple of coin-operated (NIS 5) telescopes. There usually is enough parking at the top of the hill although a lot of people visit the place. "Coffee Anan" (a pun on former UN SYG Kofi Anan) is a combination snack bar and gift shop, a very pleasant place with good-quality gifts, wood decor and a high ceiling, with a great view from the windows or, in warm weather, the outdoor patio. Food is a limited selection of mainly pizza, sandwiches and pastries - the pizza is very good. There's usually a Druze or Israeli farmer selling honey and other items from a stand outside. This is a required stop for anyone who wants to understand the strategic significance of the Golan Heights. Back when it was deserted with a dirt road leading to it, I brought General Fred Franks, then commanding US Army Training and Doctrine Command, and several of his subordinate generals to Mt. Bental. As the general looked out over Syria, he said he had never stood on a more strategic piece of terrain. I recommend reading up on the 1973 war in the northern Golan before you go, it will really add to the value of the visit.
Written August 4, 2018
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Brian D
Jerusalem District, Israel90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
For a rare glimpse into what the border between Israel and Syria has been like for the last 50 years, come visit Mount Bental. As a licensed tour guide, I visit here quite often with my tourists. The remains of a Syrian bunker is carved in to the basalt rock of this extinct volcano. Mount Bental saw heavy fighting when Israeli forces took the area away from Syria in the 6 Days War in 1967. There is a wonderful view of the old city of Kuneitra and in the distance you can see where new Kuneitra is moved to since 1967. You can see the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces stationed close by. And there is a nice coffee shop located here called Coffee Anan. A nice break with a neat story and a wonderful view.
Written June 18, 2018
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Saranger
Los Angeles, CA9,040 contributions
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May 2013 • Friends
You're first struck by how beautiful the views are from here, looking across the Valley of Tears into Syria. When you know the history of the Yom Kippur attack and the ferocity of the fight, you're taken to a different place, knowing there's no peace treaty between Israel an Syria, just a mutual understanding that "we won't invade you if you don't invade us." Enjoy the views and take a flashlight to explore to bunkers as they're not lighted and can be slippery. Cafe and bathrooms available.
Written May 9, 2013
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