The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a well-known tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin stated that the current tourism industry is one of Jerusalem's historical treasures and also incorporates modern tourism. https://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13057097 "The launch of the tunnel is another aspect of the development of the city of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all types of audiences in Israel and throughout the globe."


Elkin's ministry, which also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic time of our capital city with its future." I would like to invite cyclists to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem."

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

Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to transform the concept of transport throughout Jerusalem." "The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city, and will be constructed within the different neighborhoods. נווה פריצקי It's designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel project is crucial to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transport system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Present works include road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe to use all year.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites - including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.