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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was constructed as a part of an extensive cycle path that is a loop around the capital.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour away from the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s official opening ceremony that is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin said that, today along with its historical treasures the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. “The inauguration of this tunnel project [is] another element of the development of Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for all types of audience throughout Israel, and worldwide.”

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested thousands of shekels each year in Jerusalem’s tourist development and also in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historical past with the exciting future of Jerusalem. I encourage you to take your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

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

נווה פריצקי Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the idea to alter the concept and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city as well as those that are being constructed in its various neighborhood. It’s designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and also to encourage the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located west of the city and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the vision of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Current projects include road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for all to use during the entire year. The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי