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5 Beautiful Jerusalem Springs


Even though it’s wintertime, Israel still has plenty of sunshine! Take advantage of the sunny days by spending them in the great outdoors. All of these locations are in or near Jerusalem, and easily accessible by public transportation. So grab some friends and some water and take a hike!

Ein Lavan

This site is a great place to visit on Friday mornings before shabbat. The pool is gorgeous and the water is clear. Although it can get crowded, it’s large and there’s usually enough space for everyone. Ein Lavan is adjacent to the Biblical Zoo, and is easy to find from the zoo’s parking lot.

Ein Lavan is a spring located right next to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem


Nahal Halilim

Halilim means “flutes” in Hebrew. Located off of Highway 1 near Mevasseret, this site features a short family-friendly hike and ancient ruins. In addition, there are some caves with interesting natural pattern formations, and the Eynot Telem Springs for cooling off.

Nahal Halilim is near the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret and features a family-friendly hike and natural springs


Ein Mata

In English, Spring of the Orchard. This beautiful spot is located in the Ella Valley, a 40 minute bus ride from Jerusalem. The nearby town is named Mata, after the spring. The hike is suitable for everyone, and for all seasons as well. The trail is circular, meaning you will finish off where you began. Notice the large eucalyptus trees near and around the spring.

Ein Mata is a spring and trail in the Ella Valley that is suitable for all ages



In previous days an Arab village, Lifta was declared a nature reserve in the mid 80’s. It is in a valley about a 10 minute walk from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. The spring at the bottom of the valley collects the water from the area and serves as a Mikvah, or body of natural water used for ritual immersion.

Lifta is a historical site located at the entrance to Jerusalem where rain water collects in a pool


Ein Dvir

This serene spring sits to the north of Jerusalem, near the town of Givat Ze’ev. Benches are in place for those who want to look out at the view of Jerusalem’s rolling hills. As there aren’t very many trees for shade, it is recommended to visit this site during the winter, when it isn’t too sunny.

Ein Dvir sits to the north of Jerusalem and has benches for people to look at the view of Jerusalem

Which of these springs is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Shira Koenigsberg
Shira Koenigsberg
Shira is American-Israeli and currently lives in Jerusalem. She enjoys yoga, red wine, and good books. Her literary influences include JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bob Dylan, and Dr Seuss.

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