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Ben-Gurion Boulevard Haifa

Ben-Gurion Boulevard Haifa

German Colony is a historic, happening neighborhood where the Baháʼí World Center and its leafy terraces attract 1 million pilgrims a year. Ben-Gurion Boulevard is lined with hotels, cafes, and restaurants, some in renovated Templer buildings. Located near the harbor, Haifa City Museum displays exhibits in an 1890s building. There are many bars in the colony, making it a popular nightlife destination. There are restaurants, cafes, and boutique hotels on both sides of this boulevard, which starts in a small but beautiful shopping center and leads up to the Bahai Garden.

The National Maritime Museum Haifa

The National Maritime Museum Haifa

The National Maritime Museum - was established in 1953, from the private collection of the late Aryeh Ben-Eli, who was the founder and first director of the museum. In 1972, the building was inaugurated at 198 Allenby Street, where it is still today. The museum presents spectacular exhibitions of ships from different periods, the pirate exhibition presented in the museum as part of the permanent exhibition is an experiential exhibition and the only one of its kind in Israel. In addition, the museum displays rare finds that survived from ancient times, underwater archaeology, Greco-Roman coins, maritime mythology and more. The museum is located at the southern entrance to Haifa and attracts thousands of visitors a year. The exhibition invites visitors to a space full of love for the sea and connects them directly with the museum's new story. It features a display of bottled ships and models of ships from around the world created by sailors as part of the unique leisure culture that has evolved aboard ships sailing in the distance. Address: Derech Allenby 198, Haifa Image by: Zvi Roger

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art was founded in 1959. You can learn about Japanese culture and art through the museum's traditional and contemporary art exhibitions. The museum houses a wide collection of art and craft objects, including swords, ceramics, traditional textiles, and more, most of which were donated by Felix Tikotin. Japanese art is the only museum of its kind in the Middle East. Aside from being located near the avenue of hotels, the educational zoo, and other attractions, the museum is located in the center of Carmel, an entertainment and tourism area. Address: 89 Hanasi St., Haifa.

The Dor Tantura resort and Dor Beach

The Dor Tantura resort and Dor Beach

The Dor resort is located at the foot of Carmel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, in front of an island chain of natural islands surrounded with a stunning view of white sand and a chain of blue lagoons. One of the historical places in Israel is Dor, formerly an important port and fishing town, which has a lot of remains from previous periods. The Dor resort village includes a beach within walking distance of the holiday apartments, a promenade, green lawns, an amphitheater, a children's club, a beach restaurant, a fishing harbor, and seating areas. In front of the Mediterranean Sea, near the chain of natural and magical islands of the Dor coast, the Dor resort lies at the foot of Carmel. Among the apartments and holiday rooms available at the Dor resort are lawns, ornamental corners, sitting and barbecue areas, restaurants, a declared swimming area and a breathtaking sea view. Throughout July and August, a family-friendly entertainment program will include: artist shows, dance sessions, and karaoke nights. More in the immediate vicinity: A lovely, spring-like hiking trail starting at Bonim Beach along Dor Bonim Reserve, a magical nature reserve full of special bays and islands, a marked route along which you can see fascinating natural phenomena, a bay of oysters, the "Blue Cave" geysers, a sunken ship, and on these spring days also amazing blossoms. The path leads to the remains of Tel Dor - remains of a city from the Phoenician, Hellenistic and Phoenician periods, Tel Dor is mentioned in the Bible as one of King Solomon's capitals The glass museum in Kibbutz Nachsholim, established in 1891 by Baron Rothschild as a factory for glass bottles for use by the area's wineries, today serves as an underwater archeology museum and offers a variety of spectacular findings from different periods throughout the area's history.

The Haifa Cable Car

The Haifa Cable Car

Haifa has two cable car systems: the tourist-oriented Bat Galim cable car system that runs up Mount Carmel from the Bat Galim promenade in the western part of the city, and the Rakavlit – a public-transportation aerial tramway in the southeastern part of the city, which ascends from the Haifa Bay public transit hub to the hilly areas housing the University of Haifa and the Technion. The Haifa Cable Car offers an experiential five-minute ride with amazing Carmel Mountain Views, which begins on the Bat Galim promenade and continues to the end of Mount Carmel and back. The Haifa cable car is transparent for the best expirince. You can purchase a one-way ticket or a return ticket. Access to the cable car is possible both from the lower station (Bat Galim promenade) and from the upper station. At the top station you can complete the experience with entertainment in one of the restaurants or enjoy another attraction such as Stella Maris Church, a visit to the Cave of Elijah and an observation point to Rosh Hanikra and the Gulf of Acre. The new cable car, Dubbed the “Rakavlit” connecting the University with the Technion and the Lev Hamifratz central train/bus station, covers a total distance of 4.4 kilometers with an elevation gain of 460 meters. The “Rakavliture is to become a major city tourist attraction, most of the passengers are expected to be students traveling to and from the Technion.

The renovated lower city of Haifa

The renovated lower city of Haifa

The renovated lower city of Haifa is experiencing a bloom like the one the city never knew. Following the transformation of the neglected and crumbling Port Street into an activity of colleges and academic activities - the "Port Campus" and the renovation of the Turkish market complex that became a tourist gem, turning shops and enclosed spaces into a district of designers, artists and craftsmen, in the heart of the lower city that is changing its face and becoming a vibrant and colorful center of creation, culture, entertainment and commerce allows you to experience the young and lively rhythm of the city's nightlife. The ideal location is within walking distance of the German Colony, the "Center of the Eight" train station, the subway and a large number of bus lines that allow quick access to the city's sites, museums and beaches.

City of Haifa – Special Attractions

City of Haifa – Special Attractions

Haifa is known as the capital city of the north of Israel, and has earned this title rightfully. With plenty of activities and attractions year round, whether you’re planning a day trip or a long-weekend vacation, a family trip or a romantic getaway, Haifa has much to offer. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is situated in the natural bay between the Mediterranean Sea and the Carmel Mountain. This unique “mountain city by the sea” offers breathtaking panoramas from almost anywhere. It enjoys the advantages of being the educational and cultural center of the north; hosting a mix of old and new urban architecture with the natural scenery of both water and forest; and a unique Mediterranean atmosphere and temperament. Home to 270,000 inhabitants, members of five different religions, living side by side in harmony, peace and mutual respect, Haifa offers a rich tapestry of contrasts and colors, varying cultures, and ethnic groups that make up the fabric of life in the city. Secular, Religious and Ultra-Orthodox Jews live side by side with Christians, Moslems, Bahai and Druze. The following is a shortlist of "Top Haifa Special Attractions": Bahai Gardens and Shrine Considered the eighth wonder of the world, this beautiful golden-domed shrine is located on the Carmel Mountain and is the site of the administrative and spiritual center of the Bahai religion. The remains of Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion, are buried inside the shrine. The shrine is surrounded by the spectacular Bahai gardens, planted in 1909 and nurtured ever since. The Stella Maris Carmelite Church and Monastery An impressive church of the Carmelite Order that serves as a pilgrimage center. The Church also houses a collection of antiquities. The monastery served as a hospital for Napoleon's soldiers and a monument to French soldiers was erected in front of the Church. Elijah’s Cave The focal point of Elijah the Prophet's activity, the cave has since become a pilgrimage site for believers of the three main religions. Visitors and pilgrims alike have recorded many inscriptions on the cave's walls, including Greek names and a Menorah. Gan Ha-psalim (Sculpture Garden) A beautiful setting for twenty two bronze sculptures donated to the city by the sculptress Ursula Malbin that are set in a garden overlooking Haifa bay and the Galilee landscape. Technion, Israel Institute of Technology The Technion is located in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood. This institution for higher technological studies is famous worldwide for its scientific achievements. The Coler Visitors Center screens a film on the Technion's history. University of Haifa Haifa University is situated on one of the Carmel Mountain peaks. It is outstanding for its modern planning and three graduate buildings. For spectacular views of Haifa and the Bay area, visit the lookout point in the Eshkol Tower, the University's main building. The University also houses an art gallery with works displayed by artists, victims of the holocaust. A tour of the site includes the Visitors Center where a film is shown and a call at the Reuben and Edith Hecht Archaeological Museum. Wadi Nisnas Wadi Nisnas, with its colorful market and bustling streets is an authentic Middle Eastern neighborhood. The Wadi is also the heart of the “holiday of holidays” festival, an annual winter celebration of collaboration between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish religions.

Museums in Haifa

Museums in Haifa

There are three major areas in Haifa; the lower city is the “downtown” area where major businesses and factories are located, as well as hotels and year-long swimming beaches alongside the port area. The middle city is called Hadar HaCarmel and includes the market and a busy commercial area. The upper city is stretched on Mt. Carmel, where most entertainment and shopping areas and a lot of the residential areas are located. Commuting between the different areas can be done with the only subway in Israel, the Carmelit, which travels from sea level downtown all the way up the Central Carmel in 6 minutes. Many museums can be found in Haifa. No matter what your taste or interest are, whether it's art, technology or national history - you can probably find a museum that will attract you in Haifa: Haifa Museum of Art The Haifa Museum of Art is located in an historic building built in the 1930's in Hadar HaCarmel. The Museum of Art focuses on Israeli and international contemporary art, alongside thematic exhibitions which deal with various aspects of Israeli and international art. Tikotin Museum of Japanese art The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, which stands on the brow of Mt. Carmel, is devoted entirely to displaying and conserving Japanese art works, and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. It is a municipal institution, founded in 1959, with the assistance and initiative of
Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) of Holland, and the late Abba Khoushy, who was Mayor of Haifa at that time. The Museum's collection comprises some 7000 items including paintings, prints, drawings, screens, textiles, ancient illustrated books, ceramics, miniature carvings (netsuke), metal and lacquer works, antique swords and handicrafts, mainly from the 14th-19th centuries. It also includes modern Japanese works of art. The Reuben & Edith Hecht Museum in Haifa University The Hecht museum contains thousands of unique archaeological items illustrating the theme "The People of Israel in the Land of Israel", from the private collection of Dr. Hecht. In the Art wing you’ll find French painting from the years 1830-1930, and Jewish art from mid-19th to early 20th century, including – Corot, Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Van-Gogh, Soutine, Modigliani and more. Chagall Artists House The Chagall Artists House was established in 1954 as an initiative of the Painters and Sculptors Association, and serves as a venue for one-man shows and group exhibitions, publication of catalogues and periodicals, international exchange exhibitions, projects accompanied by events such as artists dialogues, lectures on various aspects of art, chamber music concerts, etc. Mane Katz Museum The late renowned Jewish artist bequeathed his home, paintings and other artworks to the city. The National Museum of Science, Technology and Space Established in 1983, the Israel National Museum of Science is situated in the historic landmark – the old Technion building. Through a vast assortment of interactive exhibits and laboratories in its Education Center, it seeks to transmit basic scientific concepts - on mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and acoustics, robotics and genetics, aeronautics and communications – that help people understand not only how items they use daily function, but also their underlying principles. The National Maritime Museum The National Maritime Museum is occupying a modern four-story building located near the entrance to Haifa from the south. This museum, founded by Arie Ben Eli in 1953, chronicles over 5,000 years of maritime history, with emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean, cradle of shipping in the Western World. Clandestine Immigration & Naval Museum The museum is devoted to the Clandestine Immigration and to the history of the Israeli navy. The ship "Af-'Al-Pi", which ran the British blockade during the Mandatory period, is on display. Dagon Grain Silo & Archaeological Museum Grain storage and handling in ancient Israel and the Near East, including a display of working tools. Description: The beautiful city of Haifa is also an entertainment and culture center and has a unique museum to offer for almost any taste or interest.

Haifa itineraries for nature walks

Haifa itineraries for nature walks

The tour itineraries enable you to enjoy nature, tour some of the green Haifa wadis and encounter rich flora, running water, fruit orchards and sites of historic interest. All itineraries are marked by the Nature Protection Society standard signposts. AHUZA RIVER This is a circular itinerary, beginning and ending at the junction of Freud and Vitkin Streets. The tour is suitable for all ages, all year round, although the last section towards Lachish Street is steep. Parking - on the streets nearby or indoor parking at the Horev Center. On route you will see diverse Carmel flora and enjoy the spectacular vista as you approach the small Ahuza Springs and the remaining orchards. SIAH RIVER Length of tour - about 3 hours. It is suitable for all ages, all year round. The walk begins near building no.12 on Lotus Street and ends at the beginning of the Siah River or at the ascent to the Kababir village. Main sites - Siah River Gorge, Ein Meshotetim, the ancient Carmelite ensemble, the 2 floor cave, Ein Siah and the orchard. The route passes through one of the most beautiful and important gorges in Haifa, which offers a wonderful combination of nature, rare and special flora, historical sites, running springs and panoramic views. LOTEM RIVER Length of tour - about 2 hours. It is suitable for all ages, all year round. Parking - along Hanassi Avenue, Dafna Street or Yefe Nof Street. There is also organised parking in the Panorama Center, accessible from Yefe Nof Street. The walk starts in Gan Ha'em and ends on Derech Hayam Street. Return to the Carmel Center by bus no. 3. The Lotem River is one of Haifa's most beautiful natural sites. It has abundant flora and after only a few minutes walk you will feel in the heart of nature far from the bustle of the city. Enjoy the quiet and the chirping of the birds, get an impression of the rich flora and after a short rest, climb back to Gan Ha'em. WALKING TOUR ITINERARIES CITY SITES KABABIR AHMEDI VILLAGE Length of tour - 30 minutes, including entrance to the mosque or about 2 hours including descent to the Siah riverbed, tour and return to the village. Parking-in Kababir. Main attractions - the village mosque and houses, panoramic views southwards from the public gardens. Kababir's location on the western end of one of the most beautiful Carmel spurs is a convenient descent point to the Siah River for a tour of the springs, the orchards and the Carmelite Monastery. The climb back to the village is NOT an easy one. CARMEL CENTER Length of tour - about 60 minutes at a normal walking pace without entering sites. Parking - as for itinerary , start and ending points near the Kaiser Monument on Yefe Nof Street. The excursion includes a large choice of possibilities, with a delightful combination of nature and city panoramas and clean air, commerce, culture and entertainment centers. From the Kaiser Monument, turn left to Dafna Street and from there to Hanassi Avenue for a left turn to the Japanese Museum, on to the Museum of Prehistory on Hatishbi Street - to the Biological Institute and to the Zoo through Gan Ha'em (the starting point for itinerary no.3). From here continue to the Carmel center to the Rothschild Theater Complex and the nearby Mania Shohat Garden. Cross Moriah Avenue, return to the Carmel Center and stroll through the Panorama Shopping Mall to the Mane Katz Museum and back to the Kaiser Monument. FROM THE SCULPTURE GARDENS TO THE BAHAI SHRINE This is a short walking tour. Parking - on the 2nd of November Street, just below the Sculpture Gardens. After a stroll around the sculptures in the Garden, descend to Zionut Avenue to the Bahai Temple and Gardens. This is a short walk, no more than 500m. each way, but the return is a steep one. STELLA MARIS, CAPE CARMEL Parking at the site. This itinerary includes a tour of Cape Carmel sites with the option of descent by foot to Elijah's Cave or by cablecar to the Bat Galim seafront promenade. Cape Carmel offers panoramic views, a visit to the Carmelite Monastery and a visit to the Sacred Heart Chapel (the short tour). From the Chapel there is a footpath. marked by the Nature Protection Society, to Elijah's Cave. This longer tour is about 1 kilometer from the parking lot to the Cave. HADAR The starting and ending point is at the Haifa Museum. Length of itinerary - about 90 minutes normal walking, without entering the sites. Parking - either along Shabtai Levy Street, in front of the Haifa Museum or at one of the parking garages in nearby Levontin St. Start the tour at the Haifa Museum which includes three types of exhibitions: ancient and modern art, music and ethnology. Further on, climb the Dor Steps to Herzlia Street and then via the Ben Shemen Steps continue to the Technological Museum (Daniel & Mathilde Recanati Center) situated in the old Technion building. in the nearby garden, Albert Einstein planted a palm tree during his visit in Israel on February 11,1923. Continue along Jerusalem Street to the Binyamin Gardens, return along the Nordau Pedestrian Mall to Balfour Street and then along Bialik Street to the City Hall and the Remembrance Gardens overlooking Haifa Port, past Hanevi'im Tower and back to Haifa Museum through Shabtai Levy Street. THE GERMAN COLONY Length of tour is about 30 minutes. Park along Ben Gurion or Hameginim Avenues, close to the junction between the two as the starting and ending points of the tour is the north eastern corner. The tour runs along many mansions and sites which are milestones in the development of the German Colony: No.5 Meir Street - an educational institution built in 1870 by George David Hardog, one of the founders of the colony. Between 1888-1948 it was used as a German - Catholic Hospital. No.11 Ben Gurion Avernue - The People's House built in 1869. Before reclaiming, the sea shore extended to the junction of Ha'atzmaut Road and Ben Gurion Ave and it is here that Kaiser Wilhelm II disembarked in 1898. No.12 Ben Gurion Avenue - The mansion of Yaakov Schumacher, who was the U.S. consul in the Templar days. No.16 Ben Gurion Avenue - The residence of Sir Laurence Oliphant. No.24 Ben Gurion Avenue - A typical courtyard from Templar days.

Step routes in Haifa

Step routes in Haifa

THE GERMAN COLONY The itinerary begins at the Gedera Steps to Hahashmonaim Street. From here take a left turn to the Gamla Steps and walk about 350m. along Golomb Street to the Koresh Steps. On Arlosorov Street turn left to Buniak Steps and to Hillel Street and again to the left to Zionut Avenue and towards the Bahai site. On the right side of the Bahai Temple, descend from Shifra Street via the Shifra Steps to Abbas Street, turn left to Hacramim descent and then on Hagefen Street towards the German Colony. The views on this walk are very special and descending the scenic steps contributes to the charm. The Bahai sites, the Nazareth Nuns' School building near the Shifra Steps and the German Colony itself complete an interesting tour. Return to the Carmel Center by bus no. 22, which does NOT run on Saturdays. WADI NISNAS The Step route descends to Abbas Street as in itinerary a. On Abbas Street, turn right to Zionut Avenue, continuing along Shabtai Levy Street to the Haifa Museum. From there descend to Wadi Nisnas via the Dor Steps and walk along Hawadi Street and the Market Mall on St. John's Street. This walk, in the part below the Haifa Museum and along the Wadi Nisnas axis is characterised by the aroma of oriental foods and spices. Further down, on Ha'azmaut Street close to the port, thepavement offers multiple bargain stalls proposing. a wide open sky market. Return to the Hadar with bus no. 10 or 12 or to the Carmel Center with bus no. 22 or 37. PARIS SQUARE As in itineraries a and B, descend via the steps to Hahashmonaim Street. Turn right to Wingate Street and via Montefiori descend to the Spinoza Steps. After crossing Hess and Bar Giora Streets you will reach Arlosorov Street where you turn left, continue about 300m. and continue descending via the Shmuel Steps to Ben Yehuda Street again, turn left, continue about 100m. and descend to Hanevi'im Street via the Tzfat Steps. Hanevi'im Street is one of Hadar's busiest thoroughfares and here you will find shops, cinemas, kiosks and restaurants. Walk to Shivat Zion Street and continue along Hatib Lane to Paris Square and downtown Haifa. Return to the hadar with bus no.10, 12 or to Carmel Center with bus no.22, 37. EL PASHA Descend to Arlosorov Street as in itinerary C. Continue to the right about 200m. and then left to Chaim Steps. From here the route crosses the classical residential area of Hadar, where houses date from the 1920s and 1930s. Continue to Yosef Street where you turn left and reach the Usha Steps after about 150m. This leads to Pevzner Street, again turn left, go on about 100m. and descend via Hillel Yafe Steps to humming Herzl Street. We cross the Nordau Pedestrian Mall which offers many restaurants, street cafes and shops. Cross Herzl Street and descend to Hehalutz Street where we turn left for about 150m. and then right to Shapira Street. Continue your descent down Ma'ale Hashihrur Street until reaching the Ajlun Steps. Here descend to the House of Mustafa EL-Halil Pasha in the old town. Tour the area and then return to the Hadar and to the Carmel Center as in itinerary B.

Haifa Museums

Haifa Museums

Haifa Museums Madatech The National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, is an outstanding and prominent museum, leading the museum-scientific education and culture activities in Israel. Madatech bases its activities on a professional infrastructure, constant renewal and an advanced educational approach, and leaves a significant mark on Israeli society. The visitor to Madatech goes through a positive and formative experience, which strengthens his understanding and increases his sympathy for science and technology. Address: Shmaryahu Levin St 25, Haifa Hours: Closes soon ⋅ 3PM ⋅ Opens 10AM Tue Phone: 04-861-4444 CLANDESTINE IMMIGRATION & NAVAL MUSEUM The ship Af-Al-Pi, which ran the Britishblockade during the Mandatory period, is on display. The museum is devoted to the Clandestine Immigration and to the history of the Israeli navy. Open: (Sunday -- Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday until 1 p.m. Tel. 8536249 (Bus No. 3, 5, 43, 44, 45). 204, Allenby Rd. DAGON GRAIN SILO & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM Grain storage and handling in ancient Israel and the Near East, including a display of working tools. Guided tours are held Sunday - Friday at 10.30 a.m., or by appointment. Tel. 8664221. Admission free. (Bus No. 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22). Palmer Sq. near the port. THE NEW HAIFA MUSEUM The Museum of Art, founded in 1951, exhibits works from all over the world, ranging in date from the mid-18th century to the present. It prides itself on its collection of 20th-century graphics and contemporary Israeli paintings, sculptures, grafts and photography. Open Sunday -- Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m, to 1 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m, to 8 p.m. Tel. 8523255 (Bus No. 10, 12, 21, 28, 41, Carmelit). 26, Shabetay Levy St., Haifa. ISRAEL OIL INDUSTRY MUSEUM "Shemen" Edible Oil Factory in Haifa Bay. Open: Sunday -- Thursday 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Tel. 8654333. (Bus No. 2). 2 Tuvim St. MANE KATZ MUSEUM The late world-renowned Jewish artist bequeathed his home, paintings and other artworks to the city. Open: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,, Tuesday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tel. 8383482. (Bus No. 21, 22, 23, 27, 30, 31, Carmelit). Admission free. (except special exhibitions). 89, Yefe Nof. St. NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM The National Maritime Museum, occupying a modern four-story building located near the entrance to Haifa South, this museum, founded by Arie Ben Eli, chronicles over 5,000 years of maritime history, with emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean, cradie of shipping in the Western World. Open: Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tel. 8536622. (Bus No. 3, 5, 43, 44, 45). 198, Allenby Rd. PREHISTORY MUSEUM & ZOO The Museum, adjacent to the Zoo of Haifa, includes archaeological finds from the Carmel and northern Israel, and dioramas illustrating the life of Prehistoric Man in this region. Open; Sunday -- Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday $ holiday eves 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday & holidays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tel. 8371833. In July & August the Zoo and the museum are open until 6 p.m. (Bus No. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 37, Carmelit). Located on Hanassi Ave. next to Gan Ha-Em. RAILWAY MUSEUM Collection of train memorabilia and restored locomotives and coaches. Open; Sunday, Tuesday $ Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Tel. 8564293. (Bus No. 17, 41, 42). Located in the old Haifa-East Railway Station on Hativat Golani Road, near Kikka Feisal. REUBEN & EDITH HECHT MUSEUM Contains thousands of unique archaeological items illustrating the theme "The People of Israel in the Land of Israel". Art Wing: impressionism and Jewish School of Paris. Open: Sunday -- Thursday 10 a.m, to 4 p.m., Friday &Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Tuesday open until 7 p.m. Tel. 8257773. Admission free. (Bus No, 24, 36, 37, 93). Located at the Main Building of the University of Haifa. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE DESIGN & TECHCHNION Science activity center, illustrating basic scientific principles and technological advances in Israeli industry, Open: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July & August open also on Sunday. Tel. 8628111, (Bus No. 12, 21, 24, 28, 37). Located In the old Technion Building in Hadar. Abba Khushi Ave. ARTIST'S HOUSE Exhibitions of contemporary Israeli artists. Sunday -- Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tel. 8522355. Admission free. (Bus No. 10, 12, 22). 24, Ha-Ziyonut Ave. BWIT HAGEFEN - ARAB -JEWISHCENTER Gallery open: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tel. 8525251/2. Admission free. (Bus No. 10, 12, 22, 41, 42). 2, Hagefen St. THE TIKOTIN MUSEUM OF JAPANESE ART The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art devoted to the art of Japan, it adheres to the Japanese tradition displaying beautiful objects in harmony with the season; exhibits therefore change frequently. In these galleries, shoji -- sliding doors and partitions made of wood and paper -- soften the harsh sunlight. Open: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 8383554. (Bus No. 21, 22, 23, 27, 30, 31, Carmelit). Hanassi Ave., Central Carmel. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/haifa/museums.htm

Haifa Travel City and Hotel Guide

Haifa Travel City and Hotel Guide

PLACES OF INTEREST: HAIFA UNIVERSITY Haifa University is situated on one of the Carmel peaks, 480m. above sea level. It is outstanding for its modern planning and three graduated buildings. For spectacular views of Haifa and the Bay area, visit the lookout point in the Eshkol Tower, the University's main building. The University also houses an art gallery with works displayed by artists, victims of the holocaust. A tour of the site includes the Visitors Center where a film is shown and a call at the Reuben and Edith Hecht Archaeological Museum. The entrance and guiding at the Museum - free. - Address: Abba Hushi Road, Mount Carmel, Haifa. Coordinate your visit in advance with the Visitors Center at 04-8240097 Open: Sundays -- Thursdays 08:00 - 15:00 Buses: 24, 36, 37, 191, 192. THE TECHNION ISRAEL'S TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE The Technion is located in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood. This institution for higher technological studies is famous worldwide for its scientific achievements. The Coler Visitors Center screens a film on the Technion's history. Address: Technion City, Neve Sha'anan, Haifa. The Coler Center is open: Sundays - Thursdays 08:00-14:00. Fridays: 08:00-12:00. Closed on Saturdays. Tel: 04-8320664/8 .Free entrance. Buses: 17, 19. KABABIR A village integrated in the city of Haifa, populated by Moslem inhabitants belonging to the Ahmedi sect. Opposed to all forms of coercion aggression or violence, they believe that Islam should be spread by information and by persuasion. The Mahmoud Mosque is situated in the village center. Buses: 34 - from the Carmel Center. THE ZOO AND THE BOTANICAL GARDENS The Zoo and the Botanical Gardens are situated in Gan-Ha'em in the Carmel Center. The Zoo has a variety of animal species and some lovely secluded spots. Also visit the Botanical Gardens and the Nature Museum, where you can view stuffed animals and a rare collection of live snakes Address: Gan Ha'em, Carmel Center, Haifa. Open during: July - August - Sundays - Thursdays 08:00 - 18:00; the rest of the year: 08:00 - 16:00; Fridays 08:00 -- 13:00 Saturdays 09:00 - 16:00. Phone: 04-8372886, 372390 Buses: 21, 22, 23, 28, 37 or the Carmelit. GAN HA'EM "Mother's Park" is situated in the Carmel Center and offers a promenade, lovely lawns, a children play area and cafes. During the summer open air concerts and performances are held in the park. The Zoo, the Zoological Institute and the Schtekelis Museum of Prehistory are also to be found in the Gardens. THE SCULPTURE GARDEN A beautiful setting for 22 bronze statues donated to the city by the scupltress Ursula Malbin. The garden perfectly combines art and nature and overlooks the Bay area and the Galilee landscape. Address: Zionut Avenue, Haifa. The garden is open during daylight hours and entrance is free. Buses: 22, 23, 25, 26. THE BAHAI SHRINE This beautiful golden-domed Shrine is located on Mt. Carmel, the site of the Adminsistraative and Spiritual Center of the Baha'i Shrine. The remains of Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion are buried inside the Shrine. The spectacular Bahai Gardens, planted in 1909 and nurtured ever since surround the Shrine, by comparison, the interior of the Shrine has been done with utmost simplicity. Address; Zionut Avenue. Haifa. The Bahai Shrine Open: Sunday - Friday and Saturday 09:00-12:00. The Bahai Shrine Gardens open: Sunday - Friday and Saturday 09:00-17:00. Phone: 04-8358358. Buses:22, 23,25,26. THE GERMAN COLONY A number of period styled houses still survive from the time German Templars settled in Haifa. Dating from 1868, many of the houses are located on Ben Gurion Avenue and in the immediate vicinity. The lovely houses and courtyards tell us of the Templars lifestyle. Many restaurants now exist in the area. THE STELLA MARIS CHURCH AND MONASTERY An impressive Church of the Carmelite Order, it serves as a pilgrimage center. The Church also houses a collection of antiquities. Elijah the Prophet's cave is located nearby. The monastery served as a hospital for Napoleon's soldiers and a monument to French soldiers was erected in front of the Church. Address. Stella Maris Rd. Open all week: 08:30-13:30 and 15:00-18:00. Phone: 04-8337758. Entry free. Buses: 25, 26, 27, 30, 31. ELIJAH'S CAVE The focal point of Elijah the Prophet's activity, the cave has since become a pilgrimage site for believers of the three main religions. Visitors and pilgrims alike have recorded many inscriptions on the cave's walls, including Greek names and a Menorah. Address: 230 Allenby St. Haifa. Open: during July & August - Sunday to Thursday 08:00-18:00. Friday 08;00-12;45. The rest of the year: Sunday-Thursday 08:00-17:00, Friday 08:00-12:45. Buses: 3, 5, 43, 44, 45. THE HAIFA FUNICULAR Take the funicular from Stella Maris to the Bat Galim Promenade and back again for a spectacular view of the Carmel and the sea. Address: Stella Maris or Bat Galim Funicular Stations, Haifa. Open: during the summer months -- Sunday to Thursday & Saturday 09:00-23:00, Friday 09:00-14:00. Closed on Fridays in winter. Telephone: 04-8335970. Buses to Bat Galim Station: 3a 41,42, to the Stella Maris Station: 25, 26, 27, 30, 31. THE REMEMBRANCE GARDEN A Garden for the remembrance of Haifa's citizens who fell in the line of duty in the Israel Defence Forces. It is located opposite the Haifa City Hall. Address: Hassan Shukri Street, Haifa. Buses: 15, 16, 19, 21, 37 or the Carmelit. THE DRUZE VILLAGES The Usfiya and Daliat-el-Carmel Druze villages are located on the Carmel summit. In the center of Daliat-el-Carmel you can find a colorful market, open daily except Fridays. Buses: 192, at 13:00, 14:05, 15:15, hours. For organised tours, please contact 04-8390125. MUHRAKA A Carmelite monastery situated on the site where according to tradition, Elijah the Prophet fought and defeated the prophets of Baal. Located just past the Druze Villages. Bus 192 to Daliat-el-Carmel village and from there by service taxi. BEIT OREN - HORSERIDING CENTER A horse ranch offering riding lessons for beginners or outrides on different routes on mount Carmel for the more experienced rider, Situated near Kibbutz Beit Oren junction, there is a restaurant at the site. Tractor rides and Jeeps tour can also be arranged. http://inisrael.com/tour/haifa/places.htm

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