Haifa Travel City and Hotel GuideHaifa travel guide
PLACES OF INTEREST:
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.