Nimrod Fortress National Park has the biggest Crusade-era castle in Israel. The entire fortress complex is 420 meters in length and 150 meters in width.

It is a medieval fortress located in the northern Golan Heights, on a mountaintop about 800 meters above sea level.

Map of the area:

At Nimrod Fortress National Park

A general interior view of the fortress:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
This site is managed by Israel Nature and Parks Authority (official site). And on entrance, you get a brochure with explanations on one side and a map on another. This is the map with marked points interest.
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
This round route that takes 2-3 hours to complete.

The entry point (number 1 on map):
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
Sultan Bibars writings (number 2 on map)

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

the largest and most imposing inscription ever found in Israel to date. The inscription was exposed by a fall of stones that was at the foot of the eastern wall of the tower. It is made of five granite stones totally six meters long and 1.35 high, and consists of four lines in Arabic. The inscription was built into the wall above the internal eastern opening, and it commemorates the building of the tower. The inscription that was read by Reuven Amitai-Price, professor of Middle Eastern history, mentions Sultan Beibars as patron, his officer Bilich as having initiated the building, two of the fortress commanders, the architect, the builder and the writer of the inscription, as well as the date the construction was completed – 674 after the Hegira (1275 CE).

Source: official site

View of the south-west tower (number 5 on map) and the valley beneath it:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
View towards the east tower. As you can see only the outer walls and towers remained. And all structures inside, ruined.
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
Some more writings and a lion:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
View along the walls:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
Inside the south-west tower (number 5 on map):
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
The tower has three floors and using such round stairs you can go from one to another.
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
View of the tower from outside. Usually, different stone sizes indicate construction at different periods.
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
The Large Water Cistern (number 6 on map)

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

The large cistern – to the north-east of the south-eastern tower there is a large cistern, measuring 25X9.5 meters, and 8 meters deep. Rainwater flowed into it via a system of channels that cannot be seen any longer since it was destroyed. The northern side is covered by a barrel vault, and at its edge stairs descend to the bottom. The southern part is covered by a groin vault. A later break in the southern wall – made by shepherds – enabled them to look into the cistern.

Source: official site

Drinking fountain beside the large water cistern:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
View down to the Hula valley beneath the fortress:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
“The Beautiful Tower” (number 8 on map)

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

The “Beautiful Tower” – this tower, protruding from the wall in a kind of semicircle, was built by Beibars. The interior is sloped, and the roof is vaulted. The construction, the stone carvings and the finish of the arrow slits are of remarkably high quality. At the right-hand corner is a toilet cubicle, similar to that in the north-western tower.

Source: official site

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
An acorn:
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Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
The road that leads to Nimrod Fortress:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
The keep (number 10 on map):
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At this point, we turned back and this is the keep from about halfway back:
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
Then we entered the Northern tower (number 12 on map)
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park
And went out of the fortress using secret passage (number 13 on map).
View from outside, not far from the secret passage.
Visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park

Summary

Overall, Nimrod Fortress National Park is a lovely place for a visit. You can easily spend several hours there, and since it’s in northern Israel and on top of a mountain, it’s not too hot there. Moreover, at some month (usually the summer ones), Nimrod Fortress is open until late, and you can visit this national park during the sunset. Also, check out for lantern tours at Nimrod Fortress. Thus, if you have an option for an evening/lantern tour, definitely check it out.

 

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