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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as a 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. It has a southern entrance within Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance. The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. נווה פריצקי It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very popular tourist destination because of its historic past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and also incorporates modern tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of every kind of person within Israel and around the world.” Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of innovative attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of changing the concept for transportation in Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors, and also encouraging the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem.”

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

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the goal to change the way transportation is thought of all over Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced electrical and safety systems, to make the tunnel safe for the public to pass through at all times of the year.

נווה פריצקי There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.