As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore. – Psalm 125:2
Take a breather from the city by getting out to see the Jerusalem Hills, the expansive low mountain ranges surrounding Jerusalem to the north, west, and south.
Also known as the Judean Hills, Judean Mountains, or Hills of Judea, the area stretches from the Judean Foothills (in Hebrew, HaShfela) to parts of the Jordan Valley Rift (Bik’at HaYarden), and encompasses well-known cities such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ramallah. These mountains formed the heartland of the Kingdom of Judah, where the earliest Jewish settlements emerged, the Tribe of Judah.
Some places you may see during your trip to the Jerusalem hills is the Kastel National Park, the cave of John the Baptist, and the Biblical Park. Most strikingly, the rocky Judean Hill mountains, reaching up to 3500 ft., are landmarked contrastingly for both lush vegetation as well as dry, desert terrain.
Visitors can also see Israel in miniature. Major Israel attractions and sites are reconstructed at Mini Israel for all to gaze in awe. And not only that, there are many activities and spaces for young children and toddlers to have a thrilling time.