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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 first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle route is located around Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km from the Kerem junction.

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

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination because of its rich history. Elkin stated that the present, in addition to its historical treasures, the tunnel project also encompasses modern day tourism. “The opening of this tunnel is another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist destination for all types of audience within Israel and around the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry was in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to transform the idea of transportation in Jerusalem,” Elkin emphasized. “The new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many cycling routes that exist in the city. The paths will be paved within the numerous areas. The aim is to promote cycling among the residents of the city. In the 90s In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. נווה פריצקי It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel and houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the dream to change the way transportation is thought of all over Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year, the works include road construction as well as the installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium as well historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.