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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital. The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists. Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its glorious historical. Elkin added that in addition to its historic treasures, modern tourism is also integrated into the city of Jerusalem. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into an attractive tourist destination for everyone across Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin who is in charge of the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that connect the glorious past of Jerusalem to its future. נווה פריצקי I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי A total of NIS 25 million were invested in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the goal to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem,” Elkin emphasized. “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous cycle paths already within the city. The paths will be paved within the various areas. The aim is to promote cycling among residents of the city.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. The plant is located west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to change the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just some of the ongoing projects to ensure the tunnel is safe for all year. Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.