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

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The opening ceremony of the tunnel which measures 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) along with hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its rich past. Elkin explained that today, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel project incorporates modern-day tourism. נווה פריצקי “The inauguration [of] this tunnel is a further stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an ideal tourism destination for all kinds of tourists in Israel and around the globe.”

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Elkin who’s ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested hundreds of millions of shekels each year in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new attractions and ventures which will link the amazing historical past and future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of altering the way of transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous bicycle paths that are already within the city. The paths will be paved in its diverse areas. The goal is to encourage cyclists in Jerusalem. In the 90s In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized for infrastructure purposes and also houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers and advanced electrical and safety systems, to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.