Exactly 60 years ago this month, on 6 April 1954, Baron Edmond de Rothschild and his wife Baroness Adelheid (Ada) were laid to rest in a state ceremony here at Ramat Hanadiv, and on the same day our huge wrought-iron gates were opened to the public for the first time.
In his will the Baron requested that he be buried here, in the heart of one of the most well-settled areas that he had helped establish. He also expressed the wish that his gravesite not be a place of sadness. Hence, in the 60 years since it was launched, Ramat Hanadiv has been transformed from a place of burial into a lively, vibrant site that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It offers them extensive gardens, an enormous Nature Park, and a beautifully designed, green Visitors Pavilion.
The Memorial Gardens are an extraordinarily harmonious combination of expansive lawns and intimate arbours, natural landscapes and meticulous horticulture, and spectacular displays of colour juxtaposed with the subtle interplay of light and shadow. The Gardens are an enticing venue for special events, concerts, tours and other leisure activities for the public at large.
For visitors who like to amble or ramble in a more natural setting, the Nature Park features three circular hiking trails. Research and educational activities dealing with ecology, biology, botany and the environment are conducted throughout the park.
The Visitors Pavilion houses a kosher dairy restaurant that highlights fresh local products; the InfoShop, which presents 'green' values through its range of quality merchandise; and an auditorium where visitors can watch free screenings of a film about the Baron de Rothschild and Ramat Hanadiv.
So if you feel like you've almost forgotten the sight of a field of flowers or the scent of roses, or are craving some delicious moments of tranquility, or simply haven't paid a visit in far too long -- we cordially invite you to come soon to the ever-changing Memorial Gardens and Nature Park. Our 60th Anniversary is just one more good reason for a marvelous day out at Ramat Hanadiv!