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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding which is loved by everyone. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycling route surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza path. The southern entrance of the tunnel is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s glorious past was a reason that it was the most visited tourist spot during the time of its glory. Elkin stated that nowadays as well as its historic treasures, the tunnel project also incorporates modern-day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel and around the world.

Elkin who is in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the city’s tourism growth and in the creation innovative activities and ventures that tie the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. I invite all cyclists to come and take a ride along the new, well-maintained and modern route which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. נווה פריצקי Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the vision of altering the way of transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel that connects to Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as those that will paved in the neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green movement in the capital.”

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

“The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Present works include road construction, installation blowers, and sophisticated safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all to use all year. Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.