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Haifa Attractions

The modern, port city of Haifa has plenty of attractions available for all ages and areas of interest. There are museums on subjects ranging from Japanese art to clandestine immigration. Haifa is home to holy sites of Christians, Muslims, Jews and even those of the Baha'i faith, such as the cave of Elijah and the majestic Baha'i Gardens.  Then there are the numerous parks, gardens and promenades, offering incredible views of Haifa and the surroundings and perfect for those who need to get out in nature and just run around! Of course one can't forget the prestigious Haifa University and the popular cable car rides that can transport you from the top of the mountain to the bottom and back again! In short, Haifa is the perfect location for any traveler and is just waiting to be explored!


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The Louis Promenade is known simply as "the Tayelet" by locals and was built by a Haifa couple in memory of their son, Louis Ariel Goldschmidt. The Louis Promenade runs parallel to HaNassi Boulevard and it offers a stunning view of Haifa. On clear days, Rosh Hanikra, Akko and even Mount Hermon can be spotted.
For those wanting to take photographs of the breath-taking view, it is advisable to come in the afternoon as the view can be kind of hazy in the morning hours. Alternatively, come at night for a different kind of view, with thousands upon thousands of sparkling lights




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The present Tishbi family's great-grandparents were commissioned by Baron Rothschild to plant the first modern wine grape vineyards in Israel is 1882 and thus began the Tishbi family's romance with grapes and wine. Over a century later, Jonathan Tishbi founded the Tishbi Estate in 1984, producing four series of wine, all of which are consistently of good quality and flavor. The Tishbi Estate is situated near Zichron Yaakov, at the foot of the Carmel mountain ridge, enjoying the cooling breezes of the Mediterranean Sea. Jonathan Tishbi and his family supervise the entire wine-making process until the present day- the growing, harvesting, bottling, tasting, evaluating, creating final blends, award-winning wines and brandy. At the country-style visitor's center one can enjoy brunch or lunch under the grapevines. The shop stocks local cheeses, olive oil, honey, wine jellies and of course wine. It is worthwhile calling ahead of time to reserve the one-hour tour which includes tastings.




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The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art sits perched on the Carmel Mountain just minutes away from the centrally-located hotels. The museum was established in 1959 by Felix Tikotin and the then-mayor Aba Hushi and is a branch of the Haifa Museum. The museum is totally dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Japanese art relics and is the only one in the world that exhibits Japanese art and culture outside of Japan. Almost all kinds of Japanese art and crafts are displayed and there is also a library of approximately three-thousand books. There are between ten and twelve exhibitions on show at one time which change each season. Sliding doors, partitions made of wood and paper and other such Japanese features enhance the displays of Japanese scrolls, screens, pottery, porcelain, lacquer, metalwork, paintings and fresh-flower arrangements.




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The Bahai Gardens in Haifa are stunningly impressive, extending over nineteen terraces and designed in nine concentric circles that extend out from the central shrine. It is here that the members of the Bahai faith established their world centre.
The Bahai faith originates in Iran and the founder of the religion, Baha'u'llah escaped persecution when he fled to Israel. He was so taken aback by the beauty of the Carmel region that Haifa is located in that he decided that the forerunner of the faith shall be buried there. twenty years later the bones of the forerunner of the Bahai religion were interred in Haifa on the site that later became the center for the Bahai faith.
The shrine has a golden, forty-meter-high dome, marble walls and granite pillars, was built in 1953 and is one of the major tourist sites in Haifa. The nine sides of the shrine represent the nine major religions of the world. The gardens were built around the shrine and combine stone, metal, fountains, shrubbery and expansive lawns. Visitors cannot help but be overcome by the beauty of the gardens and in July 2008 UNESCO added the Bahai Shrines and Gardens to the eleven World Heritage Sites in Israel.
 




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Dado Beach is named in memory of David (Dado) Elazar who was the Chief of Staff during the Yom Kippur War. The beach, located across from the Hof HaCarmel train station, is known for the gardens along it's boardwalk, restaurants, coffee shops, free parking, dancing arena, play stations, toddlers pool and amphitheatre.
The beach boasts a long boardwalk which begins at the southern tip of Dado Beach and ends at the northern tip of the Carmel Beach. It is particularly lovely on Saturdays to see the local folk dance the morning/evening away. In the spring and summer months, the dancing begins at 18:00, in the winter/fall months, it begins at 11:00.
There are four lifeguard stations along the beach.
At the northern part of Dado Beach, there are facilities for the handicapped available, adjacent to the north lifeguard station (number one). The facilities include reserved parking, fitted showers and bathrooms and inclines ensuring easy access to and from the beach.
 




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At the foot of the Bahai Gardens, lies the German Colony. The story behind the area is that in 1868 Christoph Hoffman and Georg David Hardegg came from Germany to Haifa. The men were members of the Templar Society who are credited with developing Haifa; at the time Haifa was a town of just 4,000 people.
The main street in the German Colony was one of the most beautiful streets in the period and was much admired- thirty meters wide and lined on both sides with trees, stone houses with red-shingled roofs.  
The German Colony has been undergoing renovations and signs placed in front of various buildings enable visitors to understand more about the beginnings of the colony.
One of the first buildings in the German Colony is the Beit Am (House of the People), which is being renovated today. It served as a house of worship and community center.
In the summer, street theater brings the German Colony to life, with students from Haifa University's Theater Department performing.
 




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The Meridian Beach is a lovely beach with a variety of restaurants and bars in close proximity. The beach attracts both locals and tourists, has no loud music that could detract from the experience, pets are welcome and it is not rare to see people swimming together with their canine companions.
There is, in addition, a shallow water area that is ideal for those with toddlers that was created by the breakwater.
Please take into account that the lifeguard services stop at 17:30 and any bathing done after this time is done at one's own risk.
 




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The National Maritime Museum is the third branch of the Haifa Museum and covers 5,000 years of seafaring history in the Mediterranean and Red Sea in it's four-storey building located near the entrance of Haifa.
The Museum was founded by Arie Ben Eli and his private collection is also part of the Museum. There is great emphasis at the Museum on the Mediterranean Sea, it's ports and islands and Israel's beaches and ports. Seafaring and shipping in modern-day Israel are also explored. There are paintings exhibited in the Museum that portray the connection between people and the sea, with special emphasis on the connection between Israel, the Jewish people and the sea.
 




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The Aerial Cable Car system on Mount Carmel runs from the top of the mountain, opposite the Carmelite Monastery to the Bat Galim Promenade below and offers a spectacular view of the Haifa bay and surroundings. The Aerial Cable Car System is a fast way to get up or down the mountain.
At the lower terminal is the Yotvata dairy restaurant, famous all over Israel for it's salads and ice-cream. In addition, the downstairs hall at the lower terminal contains an exhibit of a different featured artist that changes on a weekly basis. At the higher terminal there is also a place to buy refreshments.
 




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Israel's National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, also known as Madatech, was established in 1983 and is housed in beautiful, historic landmark buildings in the center of a seven-acre green campus in mid-town Haifa. This complex was originally home to Israel's Institute of Technology (the Technion) which was the first academic institution in Israel.
Madatech features over twenty exhibits, over six-hundred hands-on exhibits and seven, multi-sense 3D movies. The Museum promises an unforgettable experience for visitors as they look, feel and explore their way through.
There are seven educational centers on the campus in which three-hundred educational sessions are delivered each year. Three mobile labs travel throughout Israel, bringing the fun to those who can't reach the Museum.
The Madatech is a place of exploration, discovery and learning through play and fun and makes for an enjoyable and educational family day out.
 




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Nestled in the heart of the mountainous neighborhood of Merkaz HaCarmel is the charming Gan Ha'Em Park, home to the 7.5 acre Haifa Educational Zoo. The Haifa Educational Zoo is considered one of the most contemporary zoos in the world, with no thick walls between the animals and visitors, new cages bringing the animals much closer to the visitors and a pleasant feeling of animals being able to roam in a natural-forest-setting.
Walking along the shady paths one comes into contact with approximately 350 different kinds of animals- including favorites such as monkeys, lions and tigers, rare Israeli species, rare species from around the world, snakes in the impressive reptile house, a walk-through exhibit of water birds and a petting corner for children.
The Haifa Educational Zoo is a perfect family day-out for those in the Haifa region.
 




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Haifa University was established in 1963 and is situated in the Carmel region, surrounded by the Carmel National Park. The University prides itself on being the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel with people from all walks of life, religions, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds learning together in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance and respect.
One can enjoy a spectacular view of Haifa and the bay from the lookout point on the Eshkol Tower which is the University's main building. In addition, Haifa University boasts the first museum to be located on a university campus- the Hecht Archaeological Museum that displays thematic exhibits, ancient industry and craft exhibits, and a 2400-year-old sea vessel that was discovered of the coast of Kibbutz Maagan Michael. The Art Wing contains French Impressionist paintings, works from the Jewish School of Paris and pieces of art by victims of the Holocaust.
A tour of the University includes the Visitors Center and the Archaeological Museum and is completely free.
 




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The Railway Museum is located in the old Turkish-era railway station of Haifa Mizrah. It offers a historical overview of railways in Israel and the part they played in the development of the country. The Museum is set against a panoramic view of the city of Haifa and Mount Carmel. The main exhibits building was once the shed that was home to the Hedjaz Railway that transported Muslims who were making their way to the Haj pilgrimage. Nowadays, the building houses locomotives, coaches, wagons and displays, including the last authentic steam locomotive in Israel. There is also a small exhibits building that displays historical equipment, work tools, photographs, tickets, stamps, a small model railway layout and more. The Railway Museum is suitable for all ages and a visit that includes a train ride to or from the Museum can make the experience truly perfect. Tip: Trains do not stop at the East Haifa Railway Station where the Museum is located but by prior arrangement with the museum manager, groups of at least twenty-five people who are visiting the Museum may arrange for an intercity train to stop there.




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For those looking for a change of scenery, make your way over to Nesher Park. Nesher Park covers an area of 200 dunams and is located on the northern side of the Carmel Mountain, south of the town of Nesher. The main feature of the park is not for the light-hearted- a seventy-meter suspension bridge that spans a seasonal winter river- Nahal Katia and is a mere fifteen minute walk from the parking area of the park.
The bridge is constructed from steel ropes and beams and sways a people walk across it. The bridge crosses through several different areas of the park, blending into the natural features of the park. From the bridge one can take in a breath-taking view of the surrounding area and an observation deck also offers a stunning view of the northern side of the bridge.
About 150 meters west of the bridge is another suspension bridge that connects different areas of the park.
The Bridge is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, making for a lovely family-day-out. In addition, the Bridge is also pleasant in the summer due to the shading of the trees.
 




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The Sculpture Garden, also known as Mitzpor HaShalom which means "Vista of Peace", displays twenty-nine beautiful bronze sculptures that were all created and donated by the sculptures Ursula Malbin.
Ursula Malbin was born in Germany in 1917. She fled from Germany in 1939, met the sculptor Henri Paquet in Geneva, married him in 1941 and began sculpting in Switzerland. She bought a home in the Ein Hod Artist's Village in 1966 and now splits her time between Switzerland and Israel.
Since 1978 Ursula Malbin donated the twenty-nine sculptures that are displayed in the garden and this park is actually the first park in the world that is dedicated to the works of a single sculptures. The Sculpture Garden has a stunning view of the Haifa bay, the hills of Galilee and Lebanon.
 


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