Set in the heart of Israel, Ariel is a dynamic city known for unique museums, a vibrant cultural scene and sweeping views over the Samarian Hills. You can visit a holocaust museum, watch community theatre and peer into ancient Biblical tombs.
Things to do
The Ariel Regional Centre for the Performing Arts offers a taste of Israel's vibrant cultural scene. The community theatre hosts a fantastic line-up of performances, including music, dance and plays. You can arrive early and enjoy pre-show drinks in the stylish cocktail lobby.
Using art, photos, letters, personal belongings and other mediums, the Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Museum is one of Israel's most moving attractions. It's housed in the former home of Holocaust survivors Irena Wodislavsky and Yaakov Kuba, who dedicated their lives to voicing the experiences of Jews who died in the Holocaust.
Founded in 1978, Ariel is a relatively new city. You can learn more about its colourful history at the Ron Nachman Legacy Center and Ariel Pioneers Museum. It's named after Ariel's founding father and offers an in-depth overview of the city's past, present and future.
In the nearby village of Cif-el-Hares you can visit the tombs of Joshua and Caleb, two of the twelve spies who entered the Land of Israel under the instruction of Moses. The site attracts Jewish pilgrims who want to pay their respects to the Biblical figures.
Ariel is in Israel's northern West Bank, around 40 kilometres east of Tel Aviv and 60 kilometres north of Jerusalem. The city is easy to get around on foot, though you'll need a car to explore the Samarian Hills and the Shomron region.