Haifa Travel Guide

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Haifa Things to Do

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  • Bahai Shrine and Gardens

    The Faith’s Founder was Bahá’u’lláh, a Persian nobleman from Tehran who, in the mid-nineteenth century, left a life of princely comfort and security . His life, work, and influence parallel that of Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Christ, and Muhammad. The essential message of Bahá’u’lláh is that of unity. He taught that there is only...

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  • The German Colony

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    German Colony is a nice district located in front of the lower side of Baha’I Gardens at the foot of Mount Carmel. It was established in 1868 by the German Templers, a protestant sect that tried to realize the apocalyptic visions of the prophets of Israel in the Holy Land! (they also established colonies in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Sarona and Gallilea)....

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Running parallel to Hanassi Boulevard beyond the main hotels (Dan, Dan Panorama and Nof) is the Louis Promenade. This is the spot for THE view in Haifa, looking northwest across the bay towards Akko. The Baha'i gardens are below you as is Haifa port and the lower part of the city, the satellite towns spread out in the middle distance hugging the...

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  • The beaches

    Approaching Haifa from the south is arguably the best way to see the city. On your right is the long ridge of the Carmel Mountain with buildings clinging to its steep sides and atop its long, long 'peak'. To your left are the breaking waves and golden sands of the Mediterranean. Immediately before you hit Haifa, the beaches are wild and untamed,...

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  • The Port

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During the British Mandate period Haifa and its port developed. Sir Frederick Palmer was the British port engineer who chose Haifa as the location for a deepwater port, and the main gate of the port was named after him. As the commemorative sign puts it, during the British Mandate period the Haifa port was the strategic gateway not only to Israel...

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  • Culture

    One of several film festivals in Israel, this one takes place during Succot (late September/early October) and my personal favourite. It is very much a festival that is part of the city (the more established Jerusalem Film Festival is very much centred round the Cinematheque), screenings being spread round many screens, outdor events take place in...

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Haifa Hotels

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Haifa Restaurants

  • Fattoush

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This Cafe / restaurant look like one of the nices at the area. We only looked for a warm drink after walking around for a few hours and we decided to check this one and look inside, the surprise was big and we immediately "conquered" one of the warm comfi sofa's. The room that we set it was under the ground so it felt like being in a cave. It is...

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  • Falafel Hazkenim

    5 out of 5 stars

    Israel has the best falafel in the middle east (or so they say). Haifa has the best falafel in Israel (that's a given). And Falafel Hazkenim ("The Elders") is the best in Haifa. The falafel balls are fried to deep-brown perfection, the tahini is heavenly, the pitas are large and soft, and the elders are cute. The caveat: eat here and you won't be...

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  • Hashmura 1872

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We ate here in June 2006 and had an excellent meal. This restaurant is in an old stone buidling in the German Colony of Haifa. The street it is on has many restaurants, but this is supposedly the best one. If possible ask to sit downstairs in the wine bar or in one of the several small private rooms. Both choices are very romantic. Food was very...

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Haifa Nightlife

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  • The German Colony

    The German Colony area is located right under the Bahai Garden. You must admire the beautiful garden at night when it's illuminated. Then you can go on to one of the many cafés and restaurants of the area.

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  • Night Walk along the beach

    You can just walk along the shore, or on the paved promanade, or you can sit in one of the bars along the cost line having something to eat or drink.Listen to the sound of the waves and smell the salty wind, and smile to all the happy people around you. casual. something warm for the nights

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  • The Bahai shrine is shining from below

    And again - the famous landmarks of Haifa -the Bahai shrine but now from Ben Gurion avenue , also known as the German colony..This is a huge golden dome between beautiful gardens that is dedicated to a religion called Bahai.During the evening/night they turn on the lights of the gardens and the shrine and the view is amazing , really breathtaking.

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Haifa Transportation

  • Via Train

    I visited Rosh HaNikra and Akko on a daytrip from Haifa. In the morning I took the train from Haifa to Nahariya. It was 16 shekels and took 45 minutes. In Nahariya I went to the bus station, which is just next to the train station, and sat down to wait for the right bus. I had read there were not many buses a day to Rosh HaNikra, but I only had to...

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  • Via Busses

    you arrived directly by boat from athens-rhodes-limassol;but the boat is now not available, because of the frequent wars, the boat line is cancelled if you arrive by plane ,there are plenty of buses from ben gourion airport to haifa; there is now a direct train from ben gourion aiport to haifa, go to level -1 at the airport also many buses tel...

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  • Carmelit funicular

    Although it covers only a small part of Haifa the Carmelit funicular was very useful for us to cover the steepness of the mountain from downtown to Hadar district or upper near the upper level of Bahai Gardens. Most of the times it was empty with only a few other riders but we would visit it anyway just to see the world's second shortest...

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Haifa Shopping

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  • what to buy in Haifa

    I’m not sure there’s a specific shopping street in Haifa, probably the steepness of the mountains doesn’t help much. Most brochures advertizing Malls here and there...We saw souvenirs at the arab district Wadi Nisnas, an area we saw lots of boutiques too. If you like flea markets you can check the one at lower city on Kibbutz Galuyot street (second...

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  • Amazing retro furniture store!

    I was visiting family in Haifa when I came across this beautiful store. The woman there said it was just recently opened but it had tons of great inventory to choose from. It has so many things, from retro to vintage to antique furniture. Everything felt one-of-a-kind and the best part is, they do reupholstery!! There's so many things at this...

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  • Haifa's Flea Market

    Haifa's flea market is small but has a variety of items for sale, from antique furniture to second-hand toilet seats, from clocks and lamps to paintings, candlesticks, old typewriters and so on and so forth. it is said to be cheaper than the larger and more famous Jaffa flea market.The flea market is located in the Lower City, on Kibbutz Galuyot...

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Haifa Local Customs

  • Panorama Shopping Mall

    Go to the Panorama Shopping Mall. They have excellent Israeli items as well as the usual wares. The Panorama Center was established in 1986. It is located in the heart of the Carmel, adjacent to the Dan Panorama Hotel. There are 4,000 square meters of commercial space and 150 parking spaces.

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  • Haifa Film Festival

    During the holiday of Succot the city of Haifa hosts an outstanding event: the Haifa Film Festival. This was the first international film festival in Israel, founded in 1983.It attracts an audience of 70,000, which is constantly growing.The films are screened in several venues on Mount Carmel, most notably the Haifa Cinematheque and the neighboring...

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  • The Festival of Festivals

    the festival of festivals is celebrated in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood of Haifa at Christmas/Ramadan/Hanuka and is a wonderful example of the peaceful coexistence that is characteristic of this city. There is an antiques fair and the streets are full of food stalls , decorations,christmas lights and fun.There is also entertainment for kids.It is...

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Haifa Warnings and Dangers

  • Elijah's Cave - Donation

    If you will go to Elijah's cave suddenly you will see a lot of people that will ask you for donation for a sick person or something like that and as far as i know they all trying to get money for themselves.Try to avoid them and don't answer them unless you want to donate.

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  • Strong sea

    The beaches around Haifa are great but I found the undertow very strong. I'm an average swimmer and was not very far out, maybe 20m, and when the tide was going out I really struggled to get back to the beach. Quite scary experience !

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  • Neighbors seems to change...

    Neighbors seems to change pretty quickly from one block to the next. When you're just walking around looking like a tourist, you can find yourself in a bad neighborhood real quick.

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Haifa Tourist Traps

  • HAIFA CABLE CAR

    A rediculus aerial tour from Bat Galim up to the Carmel ridge at Stella Maris, in a cable car comprised of three transparent balls.The view from the top - Stela Maris is very nice, but you better go up there with a car or bus, and don't pay for the cable car Don't CAr or bus to Stela MAris

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  • DRUZE VILLAGES BAZAR

    The main street of the two Druze villages on the Mount Carme: Usfia and Daliat el Carmel are a big oriental bazar.It used to be a place where you can find nice local hadcrafts, but today most of the things are "made in China" Enjoy the atmosphere and the colorfull street. Check what you are bying. If you don't know how, assume it's imported from...

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  • Glasgow Pub

    A couple of minutes walk from Carme Center is the Pub Glasgow. There is live music every suterday and tuesday at 9:30 p.m. The Black Velvet company, with Irish musicThey will charge you 15 shekels/pp for the live music when you ask for the bill. You don't have to go there, but if you do, ask, so that you'll know in advance Moria street between...

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Haifa Off The Beaten Path

  • Rosh Ha'Nikra

    Just by the Israel - Lebanon border (which is closed) are the caves and white cliffs of Rosh HaNikra. It is a beautiful place by the Mediterranean Sea. The caves have been carved out of the rock by rain and the sea and a long tunnel has been made by man to connect the caves and make access easier for visitors. I saw the caves a sunny day, but I can...

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  • Vadi Nisnas

    Begin your tour of Wadi NisNas at the entrance sign, put there in three languages, Hebrew, Arabic and English the two official languges of Israel and the third "unofficial".... This second picture looks like a modern type of ad campaign, but it is NOT, the artist who painted is has signed his name. The streets of this old section of Haifa are very...

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Yes Kaiser Wilhelm the II of Germany visited back in 1898, this was a new piece of history for me. The object of their visit was to see the "German Colony" which you can still see the remnants of at the base of Mount Carmel (below the BaHai Temple Gardens). Here at the top of Mount Carmel a placque was placed to commemorate Wilhelm's visit. He and...

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Haifa Sports & Outdoors

  • Sailboard / wind surfing

    Good winds and a beautiful sea are always a good thing if you want to enjoy sailboarding.We saw a lot of people sailboarding near the southern exit and very close to Yotavata in town.

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  • Maccabi Haifa

    This is probably the most successful Israeli football club, they even qualified once to the European champions league and did not play bad at all.

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  • Bahai Shrine & Temple

    Visit the Bahai Temple and its gardens. The Bahai religion was founded in 1863 by Mirza Husayn, a Persian who was later known as Bahaullah. Haifa serves as the world center of this religion. See my travelogue on the gardens.

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  • The German Colony

    Walking the streets of the old German Colony can give you a glimpse of the life of the immigrants to Israel. These German immigrants built a "colony" or neighbourhood around themselves to help them cope with a new life in a new country, a way to insulate themselves and instill a feeling of "the old home" while beginning a new home. You can see many...

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    go up to the Carmel mt by the cablein bat galim! visit the st of panorama where you can see the whole city underneath you can also go to the beach and have food by the sea side in the little caffes or restaurants as well as swimming eating shawarma and falafell with my family ini hadar!

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