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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience which is loved by everyone.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour away from the Kerem junction.

The tunnel’s official opening ceremony, which is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating history. Today, apart from its rich history, it also incorporates modern-day tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel is an additional aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for all types in Israel and around the world.

Elkin’s ministry, which was responsible for the project along with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing innovative attractions and ventures, which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital with its future.” I invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million were put into in the project, financed by Elkin’s ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the goal to transform the idea of transport in Jerusalem. “The tunnel is set to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various bicycle paths that are already within the city. These will be paved in its numerous areas. The aim is to promote cyclists in the city.

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line towards Sorek’s purification plant.

“The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Construction of roads, installation, blowers, sophisticated security systems and electrical wiring are all part of the ongoing works. נווה פריצקי The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the entire year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.