Rosh Pinna was founded in 1878 by Baron Rothschild as one of the first Jewish agricultural settlements, near the Arab village of al Ja’uni. Rosh Pinna has aged gracefully over the past 120 years, its narrow cobbled street and original stone building now include cafes, galleries & B&B all preserving its village atmosphere.
Rosh Pinna is best explored by foot, below is a list of places to visit, for our recommendation of where to shop, eat & drink see Dine.
- The Old synagogue was the first building erected by Baron Rothschild 1886, and has been restored persevering its unique charm. You can visit the synagogue for a prayer on Sabbath and Jewish festivals, or see the exhibition during weekdays.
- Dr. Mer House is open to the public and features the life and work of this important scientist whose pioneering work on malaria assisted in the eradication of the disease in the region.
- The Baron’s Garden is 3 minutes walk from the Villa, it’s a shaded terraces garden, making for a pleasant stroll or a climb up the hill towards the Restoration Site.
- The Restoration Site is just 5 minutes away from the villa and encompasses the old cobbled street and stone houses on Ha-Rishomin Street, Boulevard Street & Ha-Nadiv Street. There are few notable buildings here, including the old administration building (PICA building), where there is a good audio presentation of the history of Rosh Pinna, Altar Schwartz Hotel – Rosh Pinna fist hotel built in 1890, the old synagogue & Dr. Mer’s House.
- Wadi Rosh Pinna – the pastoral landscape around the village is best experienced by taking a circular hiking trail (approx.. 2.5km) going through wild orchard, small streams up the Can’an slops offering beautiful views over the Galilee. This is a marked trail (green markers) and starts at Hahelmoniyot way (see map ref. 1) and climbs up to Kadan steam (map ref. 2), via Pinna stream (map ref. 3) then Gei-Oni stream, which is hiding under an old fig tree (map ref. 4). From this point the trail runs downhill, at the point where the trail bend sharply to the left (map ref. 5) are panoramic views of Korazim heights, Hula valley, Golan heights and the lake. Leave the marked trail and carry straight downhill in an unmarked path towards the village (if you take the black marked trail on the right, you can get back to the start of the trail, map ref 1). You will pass the Ja’uni Basalt house, which is the only remnant of the old Arab village Ja’uni that was once here. Turn left and you will soon reach Nimrod lookout (map ref 6).
- Nimrod lookout is a cherished observatory erected in memory of Nimrod Segev who had fallen during reserve duty in the Lebanon War II. From the heights of 510 meters above sea level overlooking the beautiful scenery one can see as further as Korazim heights in the west to Mount Hermon in the north and the volcanic mounds of Golan Heights in the east.