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The renovated lower city of Haifa
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The renovated lower city of Haifa

The renovated lower city of Haifa

Haifa travel guide

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.

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

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel, is a beautiful destination for travelers looking for a mix of culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Located in the northern part of the country, Haifa is known for its picturesque beaches, stunning mountain views, and a diverse population that creates a unique blend of cultures. Botanica Haifa Resort is one of many hotels in the city. One of the most popular attractions in Haifa is the Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a series of terraced gardens with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. The gardens are a must-visit for any traveler to Haifa, as they offer a peaceful and serene atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Another top attraction in Haifa is the Stella Maris Monastery, located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. This historic site dates back to the 12th century and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. Visitors can explore the monastery and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the sea from the top of the mountain. For history buffs, a visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must. This museum is located in the restored 18th-century mansion of the governor of the city and showcases the history of the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on the history of the port of Haifa. Visitors can explore the museum's extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits, including ship models, paintings, and navigational instruments. If you're looking for a more cultural experience, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is a unique attraction in Haifa. This museum is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and features a collection of over 7,000 Japanese art pieces, including paintings, ceramics, and textiles. The museum is located in a beautiful historic building that was once a private residence, and visitors can also enjoy the peaceful garden and tea room. Finally, no trip to Haifa would be complete without a visit to the city's bustling downtown area. This vibrant neighborhood is full of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, including the Haifa Museum of Art, which features a diverse collection of contemporary art from both Israeli and international artists. Visitors can also explore the bustling Carmel Market, where vendors sell fresh produce, spices, and other local goods. In conclusion, Haifa is a unique travel destination that offers a blend of history, culture, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's historic sites or soaking up the sun on the beach, Haifa has something for everyone. The Baha'i Gardens, Stella Maris Monastery, National Maritime Museum, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, and downtown area are all must-visit spots for any traveler to Haifa.

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.

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