The amazing variety that is Israel is nowhere better revealed than at Mini Israel. Along its paths, shaped like a Star of David, over 350 intricate, hand-crafted, true-to-life scale models depict the country’s best known sites and monuments. Map.
From Mount Hermon to the Temple Mount, from a Talmudic village to the Tel Aviv beach, from the churches of Galilee to its synagogues, from a bus station to the Bahai Gardens, and many more – each structure tells its own inimical story.
A team of artists bestowed the finishing touches on each model, as well as sculpting the thousands of tiny figures that populate the scenes. And this is no silent spectacle: there are sound effects galore – among them, the commander of the honor guard at the Knesset barks out orders, the crowd cheers at Jerusalem’s Teddy soccer stadium (while the figures execute a perfectly coordinated wave!), the recoded voice of Maestro Isaac Stern conducting a violin master class emanates from the model of historic Mishkenot She’ananim, the first building outside the walled city of Jerusalem.
When the sun sets over the Ayalon Valley home of Mini Israel (just off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway), warm lights begin to glow from many tiny windows. To add to the fascination, 70,000 dwarf plants of species that really grow at the various sites were especially cultivated and planted here. Mini Israel is “edutainment” at its best, a unique way to showcase Israel’s long and complex history as well as its multi-faceted present.
The park is located in Latrun- just off the main Tel Aviv- Jerusalem highway, 20 minutes from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and only 15 minutes from Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Arriving from Jerusalem via Route 1 :
Exit at the Latrun interchange, turn left at the light onto Route 3 and then turn right at the next intersection (Road 424).
The park is located 1 km down the road, on the left-hand side.
Arriving from Tel Aviv :
Merge with Route 1 towards Jerusalem. At the Latrun interchange, turn right onto Route 3. At the next intersection (to Road 424) turn right. The park is located 1 km down the road, on the left-hand side.
Arriving from Route 6 (Israel’s toll-highway) :
Drive towards Jerusalem and at the Latrun interchange, turn right onto Route 3. At the next intersection (to Road 424) turn right. The park is located 1 km down the road, on the left-hand side.
Public transportation stops at the “Tzomet Hativa Sheva” bus stop, on Route at the intersection with Road 424. Visit the Egged website for details and bus schedules.