A Bird’s Eye View of Israel

Israel may not be the land of skyscrapers like some other countries but it does have a number of places where you can get a great view of the famous skylines and natural wonders. Here is a list of some of the best places in Israel to get a bird’s eye view. The list goes from northern Israel to Eilat in the south.

Mount Manara, Route 90 between Rosh-Pina and Kyriat Shmona

Take Israel’s longest cable car 1940 meters to the top of this mount which is part of the Natfali Mountain range. The mountain top is 750 meters above sea level. From the top you can see the Golan Heights, Galilee, Hermon Mountain, Hula Valley and Israel’s most beautiful farmlands. There are a range of fun activities at Mt. Manara including a mountain slide back to the bottom.

Eshkol Tower, Hecht Museum, Haifa

This is the main campus tower of the University of Haifa on Mount Carmel. The observation deck is on the 27th floor of the 102 meter high tower and gives you sweeping views down the mountain side and across Haifa. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and was the first building in Israel to use the curtain wall system. The observation deck is not always open to the general public so call the Hecht Museum ahead of time.

Yefe Nof Balcony, 61 Yefe Nof Street, Baha’i Garden, Haifa

Looking down the beautiful terraced garden passed the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab you can see the city below and the sea beyond that. On a clear day you can see up and down the coast.

Azrieli Center Observation Deck, Azrieli Circular Tower, Tel-Aviv

The ultimate observation deck in Tel-Aviv (and perhaps the most famous in the country) is on the top floor of the Azrieli Center Circular Tower, Tel-Aviv’s tallest building. The tower is one of a complex of three towers, a circular, square and triangular tower. The observation deck is completely enclosed and gives you a 360° view of the city below. It is on the 49th floor and also has a kosher fine-dining restaurant. There are telescopes and informative maps indicating the sites below. The observation deck is accessed by elevator from the mall at the bottom of the tower.

Rehavam Ze’evi Observation Point, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

This promenade on the edge of the Mount of Olives looks down over an ancient cemetery. You can look out across the hills of Jerusalem and across the Old City walls to the Dome of the Rock.

Mitzpe Rimon Visitor’s Center, Mitzpe Rimon

Ramon Crater bird viewPerched 300 meters above the Ramon Crater this center provides not only an amazing view across the crater and Negev Desert but also informative audio-visual presentations and models of the local geography. There is a rooftop observatory where you can look down onto the dramatic desert landscape.

Underwater Observation Tower, Coral Word Marine Park, Eilat

Eilat underwater observatoryOn a visit to the marine park where there are aquariums, 3D films and many marine related attractions you can also enjoy a view across the Eilat coastline. A distinctive white tower is located at the end of a walkway which juts out into the Red Sea. You can walk up a spiral staircase to the windy top of the tower and look out across Eilat. You can also descend beneath sea level and visit the underwater observation deck!