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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. נווה פריצקי Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

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

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי “In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive city for tourists because of its rich history. Elkin said that the present tourist industry is a part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin’s ministry, which also headed the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital and its future.” I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project. Elkin said that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse neighborhoods. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycle riding among its residents, and promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers 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 project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round The works comprise road construction, as well as installing blowers.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.