At just over 1,000 metres above sea level, Mount Bental in the north of the Golan Heights is one of a series of hills and mountains in the area which are in fact the remnants of the long extinct volcanoes which produced the signature grey basalt stone of the area.
Situated right next to Merom Golan – the first kibbutz established on the Golan just weeks after the Six Day war.
The mountain hosts an army out-post where visitors can walk along the trenches and descend the steps leading down into the underground living quarters to get an idea of life on the front lines.
From Mount Bental you can see Mount Avital just to the south, where an army monitoring post keeps track of Syrian military activity.
Some four kilometres to the east lies Syria and closest to the border is the ruined town of Kuneitra which was first taken during the Six Day War and then returned to Syria under the 1974 disengagement agreement, but never rebuilt.
Coffee, snacks and toilet facilities are available at ‘Coffee Anan’ on the summit of the mountain, the highest café in Israel.
Opening Hours: 12:00 -16:00 Throughout the year, the daylight hours.