The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated during a celebration on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin said that, today, in addition to its historical treasures, the tunnel project also includes modern tourism. "The opening (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of visitors across Israel and around the globe."

Elkin who is in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in Jerusalem's tourism development and in the creation innovative activities and ventures that tie the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. נווה פריצקי I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project, budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument for realizing our vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem." "The tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle paths in the city and the ones that will be laid throughout the city's neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors and encouraging the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

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

"The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing works to make the tunnel safer 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.