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

The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza route. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.

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

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its rich past. Elkin explained that the modern tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s historical treasures and incorporates modern day tourism. “The inauguration [of] this tunnel project is yet another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an ideal tourist destination for all types of tourists from Israel and around the globe.”

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the development of exciting activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city’s eternal past to its future… I encourage all cyclists to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were put into in the project. נווה פריצקי It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stressed the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the dream to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many bicycle paths that are already in the city. The paths will be paved in its various areas. The goal is to promote cycling among residents of the city.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the dream of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

Road construction, installation , and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing projects to ensure the tunnel is safe for all year.

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