One of the special sites near to Jerusalem is the stalactite cave.
The cave is around 60m by 80m and was discovered quite by chance during a blasting session at a nearby quarry.
It is a stunning experience with some world class geological wonders some dating back 300,000 years. The visit starts with a walk down the mountainside with about 150 steps on a good path (but it is also the way back out!!) – there is an access road for the infirm to be dropped off (best without strollers on the steps)
There is a short audio visual presentation that tells you about the cave and rings you up to speed on geology, some damaged stalactites and stalagmites that you can touch (so that you will desist inside the cave) and then around 45 minutes of magic actually in the cave. You can finish off with a well deserved ice cream.
The cave is perfect on a hot day or in the rain (22C & around 90% humidity) – offering something to do out of the sun or the wet (apart from the walk back up the hill) The cave is something very different and perfect for all the family.
It is claimed (only on the Hebrew site) that there is wheelchair access to the main viewing platform. There is a special road that avoids the steps. You are encouraged to phone in advance to make arrangements. (see the link below)
The cave is located just off the 3866 between Nes Harim and Bet Shemesh (nearer to Bet Shemesh. You take the turning to the right (from Nes Harim) by the Challenger Memorial. It is basically only accessible by car (or private hire).
More details at Stalectite Cave Nature Reserve
See also Nature Reserves