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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique riding experience and hiking experience that is to be loved by everyone.
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 cycling route around the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists.

The city’s rich history was a reason for it to be a popular tourist attraction during the time of its glory. נווה פריצקי Nowadays, aside from its historical treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The inauguration of this tunnel project [is] another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist place for any kind of crowd in Israel, and worldwide.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the development all aspects Jerusalem’s tourists and in the development and operation of innovative attractions, ventures , and other attractions that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem’s eternal city to its future”. I invite cycling enthusiasts to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special nature of Old Jerusalem.”

The project was financed by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the goal to change the way of thinking and transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as those that are paved in its various neighborhoods, to encourage cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors and in promoting the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the dream of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

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

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots – including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.