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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
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 route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance within Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

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

Jerusalem’s glorious past was a reason that it was the most visited tourist destination in the past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s historical treasures and also incorporates modern tourism. “The inauguration (of the tunnel) is a further step in the growth of Jerusalem, and it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist city for all sorts of people throughout Israel as well as around the world.” Elkin’s ministry, which also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the magnificent historical history of our capital city with its future.” I encourage the cycling community to take a relaxing and modern-day route that takes you through Old Jerusalem. The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the dream of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths in the city as well as the ones that are being constructed in its various neighborhood. It’s designed to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to move its main sewer line towards the Sorek purification plant. “The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Present projects include road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced security systems to ensure the tunnel is secure to use during the entire year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.