Walking in Downtown Haifa

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  • Author: CMplugins
  • Created: November 4, 2015
  • Updated: November 27, 2018
Route type: Walking
Difficulty grade: 1) Easy
  • Distance 3121 m
  • Duration 46 min
  • AVG speed 4.2 km/h
  • Min altitude 8 m
  • Peak 113 m
  • Climb 121 m
  • Descent 30 m

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Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third largest city in the country, with a population of over 277,082. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city including Daliyat al-Karmel, the Krayot, Nesher, Tirat Carmel, and some Kibbuzim. Together these areas form a contiguous urban area home to nearly 600,000 residents which makes up the inner core of the Haifa metropolitan area. It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and destination for Baha'i pilgrims.
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the history of settlement at the site spans more than 3,000 years.

The walking trail will take you from the Seaport of Haifa through interesting points of interest in downtown Haifa

"Downtown Haifa including the port and the sail tower" by Zvi Roger - Haifa Municipality - The Spokesperson, Publicity and Advertising Division. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons

1. Haifa Seaport

Altitude: 8 m
Address: Haifa, Israel

The Port of Haifa is the largest of Israel's three major international seaports, which include the Port of Ashdod, and the Port of Eilat. It has a natural deep water harbor which operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume and handles about 26 million tons of cargo a year. The port employs over 1,000 people, with the number rising to 5,000 when cruise ships dock in Haifa.

Image credit: "Haifa 2752-1" by Zvi Roger - Haifa Municipality - The Spokesperson, Publicity and Advertising Division. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons

2. Wadi Nisnas

Altitude: 33 m
Address: Huri/ Wadi, Haifa

Wadi Nisnas is an Arab neighborhood in the city of Haifa in northern Israel. Nisnas is the Arabic word for mongoose, an indigenous animal. The wadi has a population of about 8,000 inhabitants. Inside the Wadi there is a colorful market selling mostly food

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3. German Colony

Altitude: 37 m
Address: Haifa, Israel

The German Colony (Hamoshava Hagermanit) (Hebrew: המושבה הגרמנית‎) was established in Haifa in 1868 by the German Templers. It was the first of several colonies established by the group in the Holy Land. Others were founded in Sarona near Jaffa, Galilee and Jerusalem.

Image credit: "Bet Oliphent" by Deror avi - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -

4. Bahai Gardens Lower Entrance

Altitude: 45 m
Address: Haifa, Israel

he Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. They are one of the most visited tourist attractions in Israel. The architect was Fariborz Sahba of Iran and the structural engineers were Karban and Co. of Haifa. Along with the Baha'i Holy Places in Western Galilee, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Masada Street

Altitude: 106 m
Address: Haifa, Israel

In the last two years, Masada street in the Hadar neighborhood has turned into the city's hippest street, and yet it is still considered a secret among locals and real estate sharks. An assortment of trendy coffee shops, tiny boutiques, vintage and antique shops, a fantastic mosaic store and a unique atmosphere. Try the Elika cafe, where the crowd includes young people, students, Jews and Arabs. Order a breakfast of lafa (aka Iraqi pita) and labane cheese, and enjoy the area's hipster vibes.

6. Madatek

Altitude: 97 m
Address: Haifa, Israel

Madatech, Israel's National Museum of Science Technology and Space, Haifa, is Israel's largest science museum.

Established in 1983, Madatech is housed in historic landmark buildings, located in the heart of a 7 acres green campus in mid-town Haifa. Also located on the campus are the northern garden, where the palm tree planted by Albert Einstein at 1923 still stands, the beautiful and historic Technion building,

Image credit: "The National Museum of Science, Technology and Space (Haifa, Israel) - Facade" by No machine-readable author provided. ToastieIL assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims).. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_National_Museum_of_Science,_Technology_and_Space_(Haifa,_Israel)_