Sites in Haifa you shouldn’t (or even mustn’t) miss during your visit to the city
Haifa attracts each year many visitors from the country and abroad, for several reasons. In the event that your visit to the city is short, you would find it hard to taste from all the good the city has to offer. Therefore, we have put together some of the sites in Haifa that you simply must not miss.
The Bahá’í Gardens
Among the rich selection of sites in Haifa the Bahá’í Gardens are considered one of the leading tourist centers in the city, but also in the Middle East and even worldwide. The gardens, sacred to the Bahá’í believers, attract tourists of all religions, thanks to their particularly spectacular design and beauty. The Bahá’í Gardens consist of 19 terraces extending from the top of Mount Carmel to its foot. You may enter the gardens via one of three different entrances. The top entrance (Terrace 19), on Yefe Nof Street in Carmel Center, is located nearby the Carmelit Gan Ha’em Station. From this entrance the guided tours in the gardens depart.
The gardens are open throughout the week and the entrance is free of charge. The bottom entrance to the gardens (Terrace 1) is located on HaGefen Street in the German Colony, and can be easily reached on foot from Solel Boneh or Paris Square Stations An additional entrance to the gardens is located at Hazionut Ave. The access to this entrance is less convenient however, good hikers can get off at the Carmelit Massada Station and walk to this entrance as well.
The Holiday of Holidays
Wadi Nisnas is definitely included on Haifa’s list of sites that you would not want to miss during your visit, all the more so if you are visiting the city in December. On every weekend of this month the Holiday of Holidays Festival is held, uniting the Holidays of the three religions into one Holiday, the Holiday of Holidays. The festival carries the banner for co-existence prevailing in the city, in which Jews, Christians and Muslims live harmoniously side by side. During those days the narrow alleys of the Wadi host art galleries, antique dealers, ethnic musical performances, concerts, dance performances, children’s theatre and of course counters of home- made food, small cafes and more.
The Holiday of Holidays has already become a tradition in the city, its reputation precedes it and many come to the city especially in order to visit the Wadi during those days. Getting off at Ha’Nevi’im Station or Solel Boneh Station will lead you very close to the Wadi, since arriving there by private car is not recommended during the days of the Holiday.
Museum of Science
The city of Haifa offers its residents and visitors a wide variety of museums on various topics. The Museum of Science, MadaTech, is considered one of the many sites in Haifa recommended not to be missed particularly if you are visiting the city with children. The Museum offers many attractions, which help children get acquainted with the intriguing world of science, technology and space. Thanks to exhibitions including interactive exhibits and tangible activities, no child remains indifferent, and even the adults often find themselves hypnotized. A short walk from Massada Station or Ha’Nevi’im Station – and you are on your way to an unforgettable experience!
Louis promenade, which is considered one of the more beautiful observation points in Haifa and the entire country, is definitely included in the category of sites in Haifa you don’t want to miss. Louis Promenade extends along about 400 meters from which you can observe the spectacular view of Haifa Bay and the Port, the magnificent landscape of the Galilee Mountains, Rosh Hanikra, and on clear days the white peaks of Mount Hermon. The Promenade itself is located nearby the Gan Ha’em Station, and is considered an integral part of the tourist avenue of Haifa, extending along the Carmel crest, from Moriah Avenue to the end of Hanassi Avenue.
A speedy tour with the Carmelit
You may read on this site about additional sites in Haifa that are worth visiting and plan a tour route according to your own fields of interest and the time frame at your disposal. Nevertheless, we warmly recommend that you do not miss the above listed sites. A short ride in the Carmelit will lead you to these sites and others, so that at least you may deduct from you planning the time wasted in traffic jams and the search for parking.