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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, is opened as part an extensive cycle path that runs through the capital. The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza route. It is located in southern Israel in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי Ein Laban is the nearest. נווה פריצקי Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Today, apart from its historic treasures it also has modern-day tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for all types of audience within Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the creation of new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to take a trip and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route which overlooks Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool in achieving our goal to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city, and will be constructed within the various areas. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s to relocate its main sewer line to Sorek’s purification plant.

“The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through all year round. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots – including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.