Herzliya (/hɜːrtsˈljə/ hurts-LEE-yə; Hebrew: הֶרְצְלִיָּה [heʁts(e)liˈja] / [eʁtseˈlija]; Arabic: هرتسليا, romanizedHirtsiliyā) is an affluent city in the central coast of Israel, at the northern part of the Tel Aviv District, known for its robust start-up and entrepreneurial culture. In 2022 it had a population of 106,741.[1] Named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, Herzliya covers an area of 21.6 square kilometres (8.3 sq mi). Its western, beachfront area is called Herzliya Pituah and is one of Israel's most affluent neighborhoods and home to numerous embassies, ambassadors' residences, companies headquarters, and houses of prominent Israeli business people.

Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Herçliya
 • Translit.Hertzliya
 • Also spelledHerzliyya (official)
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Herzliya is located in Israel
Herzliya is located in Central Israel
Coordinates: 32°09′55″N 34°50′45″E / 32.16528°N 34.84583°E / 32.16528; 34.84583
Country Israel
District Tel Aviv
 • MayorYariv Fisher
 • Total21,585 dunams (21.585 km2 or 8.334 sq mi)
 • Total106,741
 • Density4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Name meaningnamed for Theodor Herzl



Herzliya, named after Theodor Herzl,[2] was founded in 1924 as a semi-cooperative farming community (moshava) with a mixed population of new immigrants and veteran residents. During that year, 101 houses and 35 cowsheds were built there, and the village continued to grow. The 1931 census recorded a population of 1,217 inhabitants, in 306 houses.[3] Upon the establishment of the state in 1948, Herzliya was a town of 5,300. Large numbers of immigrants settled there, and it had 12,000 residents within a few years. In 1960, when the population reached 25,000, Herzliya was declared a city.[4]

Under current plans, the city's population will triple to around 290,000 by 2030, with 52,000 new homes and new industrial developments and hotels built, with more dense construction in the city center while expanding the city to the north and southwest.[5]



According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, residents of Herzliya are among the wealthiest in Israel. In 2003–2005, average monthly salaries were ILS 8,211, or about ILS 1,500 above average in a survey of Israel's 15 largest cities. However, there is a large gap between the city's seven working-class neighborhoods, among them Yad Tisha, Neve Yisrael and Neve Amal, and upscale Herzliya Pituah. The population is older than that of other cities in the Sharon region: 18% are under 14 years old, compared to a national average of 27.5%.[2]

Education and culture

Herzliya ensemble concert hall

Investment in education was higher than all other cities in the survey and more high school students were eligible for a bagrut matriculation certificate.[2] The Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center is a private college that was founded in 1994 by Prof. Uriel Reichman, who serves as its president to this day.

Israel's largest television and film studio, Herzliya Studios (Ulpanei Herzliya), is located in Herzliya, Also RGE studios that serviced the Kids channel and Sport 5 channel. The IDC television and radio center is located in the city with other local radio stations like Eco99fm and 103fm. The Herzliya Marina was built in the 1970s. The city has a small airport, three shopping malls (Arena Mall, Seven Stars Mall and the Outlet), movie theaters, museums, cultural centers and a stadium. In 2008, the Herzliya Cinematheque[6] opened in the downtown area of the city.[7]

Local government


In a 2008 survey of 15 Israeli cities,[which?] Herzliya ranked second in fiscal management. The Herzliya municipality ended 2006 with a sizeable budget surplus.[2]


Ben Zion Michaeli 1920
  • Avraham Raphael Hirsch, 1937–38
  • Shmuel Zeev ("Shin-Zayin") Levin, 1938–43
  • Ben Zion Michaeli, 1943–60
  • Pesah Yifhar, 1960–66
  • Interim council led by Natan Rosenthal, 1966–67
  • Yosef Nevo, 1969–83
  • Eli Landau, 1983–98 (Likud)
  • Yael German, 1998–2013 (Meretz, later independent)
  • Yehonatan Yas'ur, 2013
  • Moshe Fadlon, 2013–2024
  • Yariv Fisher 2024 -


Industrial area

One of the founders' homes has been turned into a museum Beit Rishonim[8] documenting the history of Herzliya. The Herzliya Museum of Art[9] is part of the Yad Labanim memorial complex. West of Herzliya is Sidna Ali, a Muslim holy site. To the northwest is Tel Arsaf (Arsuf) and the Apollonia National Park. Inhabited from the Persian period until the Crusader period, the site contains the remains of the Crusader town of Arsuf, including a fortress surrounded by a moat.[4] Another archaeological site, Tel Michal, lies on Herzliya's Mediterranean coast 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of Arsuf.[10]

The Herzliya Park. It was established on agricultural fields and open spaces and today it covers about 200 acers. The Herzliya Park is built on the grounds of a local swamp. In the processes of establishing the park, emphasis was placed on preserving the original structure of the area

Herzliya Conference


Since its inception in 2000, the Herzliya Conference has become an annual summit of the most influential Israeli and international leaders. The conference is attended by government ministers, Knesset members, senior defense officials, leaders of the Israeli business community, senior academicians, media representatives from Israel and abroad, delegates of world Jewish organizations, foreign dignitaries and Israeli diplomats.[11]


Herzliya Municipal Stadium

The city has two football clubs, Maccabi Herzliya and Hapoel Herzliya, both of which are based at the 8,100-capacity Herzliya Municipal Stadium. The Bnei Herzliya basketball club plays its games in the HaYovel high school arena. Herzliya is also one of the centers of rugby union in Israel.

Herzliya is also home to the City's swimming club - Bnei Herzelia, training children from a young age to adulthood. The Bnei Herzelia swimmers have had enormous success in professional events, especially in open-water swimming.

One of the city's main attractions is Sportek Herzliya, an outdoor, 30 acres, sports compound open for public usage.



The city is served by the Herzliya railway station, which provides connections to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheva, Haifa, as well as to Ben Gurion Airport. The station is located in the middle of Highway 20.

Herzliya Pituah

Herzliya beachfront
Herzliya Marina

Some of Israel's most expensive homes and finest beaches are in Herzliya Pituah, a neighborhood on the west side of Herzliya. Herzliya Pituach is a sought-after venue for high-tech companies, and its marina, many restaurants and entertainment spots have turned this part of Herzliya into a vibrant hub of Israeli nightlife.[2]

Arab–Israeli conflict


A makeshift strip located around the current Herzliya Airport was used as the main operating base of Israel's first true fighter aircraft (as opposed to makeshift use of light planes), Avia S-199, during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. The airfield was used as it was a bit back from the front lines and was clandestine since it was a purpose-built strip, that was constructed after the beginning of hostilities, between the orange orchards around Herzliya, and did not appear on published maps.[12][13]

On June 11, 2002, Hadar Hershkowitz (14) was killed in the 2002 Herzliya shawarma restaurant bombing.[14][15] On May 30, 2006, Re'ut Feldman (20), a resident of Herzliya, was killed in the Kedumim bombing.[16]

Twin towns – sister cities


Herzliya is twinned with:[17]

Notable people



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