Katzrin

Charming wineries, great hikes, and fascinating archeological sites, in Katzrin, the biggest city in the Golan Heights, serving as a great base to explore this magnificent region.
Nahal Katzrin

The capital of the Golan Heights

As the biggest city in the stunning Golan Heights region, the historical city of Katzrin offers a great off-the-beaten path experience. As a small city surrounded by waterfalls, ancient ruins and wineries, a visit to Katzrin will provide you with several unique and diverse attractions, making it an ideal destination for kids, wine lovers, nature lovers, and more.
Museum of Antiquities in the Golan
Ma'ayanot Eden, Katzrin
Katzrin Park

Located in the southern part of the Golan Heights, Katzrin is a very small city, with a rich history, a diverse population, and impressive landscapes nearby. As the capital of this stunning region, Katzrin is a great base for day trips in the Golan Heights, as well as an ideal destination for those looking for a local experience away from the crowds.

The Story of Katzrin

The old town of Katzrin was first built in the 2nd century, as a small Jewish town of 300 residents that included a synagogue and an oil mill. However, the town was completely destroyed in the major earthquake of 749, which has destroyed several cities and important buildings in Israel, including Tiberias, Beit Shean, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Katzrin has remained abandoned since the earthquake and until 1977, when Israel, which took control of the Golan Heights ten years prior, decided to rebuild the historical town and make it the biggest city in the region. Today, Katzrin has 8,000 residents with diverse backgrounds. It includes several religious communities, thousands of residents who have recently immigrated to Israel from former USSR countries, and a growing young population.

Best natural attractions near Katzrin

Yehudiya Nature Reserve

The Yehudiya Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve in the Golan Heights and one that really has it all: powerful streams, tall waterfalls, deep canyons, lagoons, volcanic phenomena, rare flowers, and diverse wildlife – all within a vast forest of oak trees that stretches sparsely between Katzrin and the Sea of Galilee.

The reserve features several deep streams, the largest of which are the Yehudiya, Zavitan, Meshushim, and Daliot streams. The streams are flowing all year round, and they are an important part of the Sea of Galilee basin. In addition, they carved dramatic cliffs through the rocky Golan Heights, which serve as a habitat for birds of prey, including eagles and vultures.

The best way to experience the Yehudiya Nature Reserve is through its numerous hiking trails. One of the most popular hiking trails in Yehudiya is the Zavitan Stream trail, which will take you through deep gorges to the Zavitan Fall, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Israel. Zavitan Fall features a huge bathing pool with impressive rock formations, and swimming here is an incredible experience on hot summer days.

In addition, you can find here several other great trails, including “wet trails”, which are trails that go inside rivers for a couple of kilometers and are a great way to escape the heat and enjoy the stunning nature of the Golan Heights.

Nahal Katzrin

Nahal Katzrin is one of the best-kept secrets of the many streams of the Golan Heights. The charming stream goes right inside the town area, where it creates an impressive waterfall, which is the most beautiful part of the river. First, the sight of a waterfall in the heart of the city is a special sight that you don’t see every day, and secondly, its passage through the town makes the Katzrin waterfall a particularly accessible place. The walking distance from the car to the waterfall observation point is very short, making it a great sight to see in the city within a short time. The river is mainly flowing in winter when the heavy rains of the region create a powerful and impressive flow.

nahal katzrin

Ma’ayanot Eden

Ma’ayanot Eden is a great site to visit with children, and for anyone who wants to experience the wonderful springs of the Golan Heights. It is a beautiful and short stream that flows along an orderly path built of carved basalt stones. Along the path, you will see the stream’s charming cascades, and Every few meters you will also find lovely wading pools here, which make for ideal places to cool down and enjoy the lovely clear water.

The path that goes along the small reserve passes both beside the water and inside it. In addition, you will find plenty of lovely places to sit, relax and have a picnic, as the reserve is shaded by a variety of trees, including palm and fig trees. The place tends to be quite busy on holidays and weekends, but since it is relatively large, you can almost always find a quiet corner to bathe in.

The reserve is open every day between 8:00 and 16:00.
The entrance is free.

 

Ma'ayanot Eden

Historical sites in Katzrin

Katzrin Park

Katzrin Park is a recreation of the old town of Katzrin and is a great place to visit for those who want to experience the town’s history. Here, you can see the ruins of the old synagogue and oil mill, which were destroyed in 749, and see the restoration of the houses and streets of this old charming town, in a unique experience that will take you 1,600 years back in time. In addition, it’s a great place to visit for those who wish to learn more about the history of the Golan Heights, as it includes several displays about the history of sites like Gamla and more.

Entrance fee:

Adults: 27 ILS

Kids: 18 ILS

Operating hours:

Sunday-Thursday: 9:00-16:00

Friday: 19:00-14:00

Saturday: 10:00-16:00

Park Katzrin

Museum of Antiquities in the Golan

The Golan Antiquities Museum in Katzrin unfolds the breathtaking stories of all of the different historical periods of the Golan Heights, from some of the earliest signs of civilization to today.
In the museum, you will get to see a variety of spectacular archaeological treasures. These include skulls, skeletons, and bones of animals that were here in the past, a fascinating display of the history of the city of Gamla, a reconstruction of a house from 6000 years ago, and more.

Entrance fee:

Adults: 19 ILS

Kids: 16 ILS

Operating hours:

Sunday-Thursday: 9:00-16:00

Friday: 19:00-14:00

Saturday: 10:00-16:00

Museum of Antiquities in the Golan

Beer and wine in Katzrin

Golan Wines

Golan Wines Winery, founded in 1983, is the most successful winery in Israel. The winery is owned by four kibbutzim and four moshavim in the Golan Heights. The winery’s wines are marketed under four leading and well-known local and international brands: “Yarden”, “Gamla”, “Hermon” and “Golan”.

The excellent quality of the winery’s wines is made possible thanks to the great combination of the volcanic soil of the Golan, the unique climate, and the topographical height of the region, which create the ideal conditions for the growth of grape vines and wine-making.

The place offers a wide variety of tours, from standard wine tastings to jeep trips in the grape vines fields, or a chef’s dinner in the winery’s wine cellar.

Golan Brewery

The Golan Brewery is a popular brewery that produces the successful Bazelet beer brand, which is made from the water of the Golan Springs and includes 4 types of beers. During your visit here, you can experience the process of beer-making, learn about the beer production processes, and of course, taste the different types of beer that are produced in the high-quality brewery.

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