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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience which is enjoyed by everyone.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. 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 as well as hundreds of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its glorious past. Elkin stated that, today aside from its historical treasures it is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The launch (of this tunnel project) is a further step in the expansion of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist destination for all kinds of visitors in Israel and around the globe.”

Elkin who is in charge of the project along with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in the city’s tourism growth and also in the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that connect the glory historical past of Jerusalem to its future. I invite the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to change the way we think about 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 within the city. These will be paved within the various neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage cycling among the residents of the city.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Construction of roads installation, blowers, sophisticated security systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the ongoing work. The tunnel is safe for the public to use throughout the year.

There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.