Rosh Pina is one of the oldest Moshavot in Israel aged almost 140 years. It is near the important city of Safed Israel on the slopes of Mount Canaan overlooking the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley. It was founded in 1878 by a group of ultraorthodox Jews settled there to become farmers under the auspices of Baron Edmund de Rothschild.
The Moshava with the Hermon on the background
A lovely small town
It is well maintained and especially in the center of town, the cobblestone streets and the red brick houses are beautifully preserved. It is a place of trendy guesthouses cafés and restaurants. Actually the town’s main source of income is upscale tourism.
In the center of town you’ll find the House of Officials, built in 1885 as an administrative office for the town.
Today you may watch an audiovisual presentation telling the story of the Moshava. Next to it are the Baron’s Gardens, said to be built by his staff modeled as the Gardens of Versailles outside Paris.
The Synagogue is also nearby and the house of Dr Mer, who with the help of the Baron researched for a solution to Malaria that was plaguing the settlers in the swampy Hula Valley back in the 1930s.
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Nimrod Lookout with a view of the surroundings
Visiting Rosh Pina
At the very entrance facing the Hula valley you’ll find two shopping malls, one a large mall with many commercial establishments and the second a boutique like mall with a beautiful layout.
As you walk inside the city leading up to the mountains you reach the original neighborhood through a path lined by sculptures from the times of the founding and development of the town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The reach The Baron Garden a small wooden park with stone steps and flowers leading to the old neighborhood.
Next to Mer House in another historical building they show a short film depicting the beginnings of this town and the later development into such a beauty.
The movie is shown on Fridays and Saturdays at 11; 00 am, 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. No need of reservations for individuals. Groups of 8 and more do need to call in advance. The cost is NIS 15 for adults and NIS 10 for children and seniors.
Keep going uphill and reach the Nimrod Lookout with spectacular views of the Hula, the Golan Heights, Hazor and of course, the Majestic Mount Hermon.
Baron's Garden and Park
Staying in Rosh Pina
It is a real treat. May locals have opened “Zimmers” (like Bed and Breakfast accommodations) some of them very upscale, including swimming pool, sauna and many more amenities; some of them are the best in Israel.
You may stay in this town and use it a center of activities visiting Safed (Tzfat), Korazim National Park, Nahal Rosh Pina, Tel Hatzor always taking advantage of such a great environment for hiking, horseback riding, bike tours and jeep excursions.
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