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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that is a loop around the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

The city’s rich history was a reason why it was a popular tourist attraction in the past. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Today, apart from its historic treasures it also has modern-day tourism,” Elkin said. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי “The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into an attractive tourist destination for all types throughout Israel and the world.

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of exciting activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

Around NIS 25 million were invested in the project, budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the vision to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city, as well as the ones that will be paved within its various areas. It’s designed to encourage cycling among its residents, and also to encourage the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the dream to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through all year round.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, and the historical natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.