Welcome to Ramat Hanadiv!
At the southern end of Mount Carmel, between Zikhron Ya'akov and Binyamina, lies Ramat Hanadiv, a natural gem dedicated to the memory of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
Ramat Hanadiv is a living memorial to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, operating for the benefit of current and future generations of the entire Israeli public. Ramat Hanadiv plays a leading role in the management of natural and cultural resources based on sustainable interactions between man, nature and the environment, and encourages understanding and appreciation of this ideal.
To fulfil this mission, we invest great effort in innovative management, scientific research, environmental education, and invite visitors to enjoy the Memorial Gardens, the Nature Park and the Visitors Pavilion.
Remembering the Baron
Baron Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934) was a major figure in the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Giving support to the Yishuv (the pre-State Jewish community in the land of Israel) became his life’s work and endured for many decades.
He acquired large tracts of land and sent expert agronomists from Europe to help the pioneering farmers. Forty-four villages were established with the support of the Baron and his descendants; among them are those that bear the names of Rothschild family members: Zikhron Ya’akov, named after the Baron’s father; Givat Ada, in honour of his wife Adelheid; and Binyamina ¬- a tribute to the Baron himself.
In addition to supporting agricultural enterprises, the Baron left his indelible mark on the health, educational, and religious sectors of the Yishuv, and on its early industrial development, establishing the first wineries and power plants in his effort to assist the Jewish community towards independence.
The Baron’s death in 1934 at the age of 89 marked the end of a long and full life. Some 20 years after his death on 6 April 1954, his remains and those of his wife Adelheid were brought to Israel and re-interred at Ramat Hanadiv in a state ceremony with full honours.
Things to See
The Memorial Gardens beckon guests into a place of rare tranquillity. You may stroll the pathways here among exquisitely landscaped gardens and breathe their fragrance throughout the year.
A gracious combination of European formality and Mediterranean-style vegetation, the Gardens reflect the Baron de Rothschild's legacy of dignity and modesty. At the crypt of the Baron and his wife, visitors can pay their respects to the man known as the 'the Father of the Yishuv'.
The Nature Park offers visitors many pleasurable pursuits. Circular hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty are studded with observation points. Along the way visitors can view Mediterranean scenery and remnants of ancient human settlement, discover a spring hidden amidst the greenery, and examine the special acclimatization cage where birds of prey are prepared for release back into nature as part of Ramat Hanadiv's efforts to re-establish and preserve the fauna of the land of Israel.
Before entering the Memorial Gardens, take time to stop at the Visitors Pavilion, Israel's first certified 'Green Building'. Note how it blends into its surroundings with minimal impact on the environment. The Visitors Pavilion contains an InfoShop, theatre, auditorium, classrooms, and two refreshment areas with a kiosk and a restaurant.
The Memorial Gardens and the Visitors Pavilion are wheelchair accessible.
Whether it is music in the Memorial Gardens or orienteering in the Nature Park, visitors of all ages will find something of interest among Ramat Hanadiv's rich range of activities. Attractions include: bird ringing, ambling with goats, concerts, guided tours, and special family events.
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To take part in our activities, you can join Ramat Hanadiv’s volunteer network. Details are available at the Information Desk or on our website.