Haifa Attractions are many, but the #1 is the Bahai Gardens with its golden dome, that can be seen on any picture of Haifa and by all visitors as they arrive to this beautiful city.
Haifa called unofficially the Capital or Northern Israel is an important port city spreading from atop of Mount Carmel to the waters of Haifa bay on the Mediterranean coast.
Haifa is known as a city of mixed population of Jews and Arabs living in perfect harmony.
Bahai Shrine and Gardens in Haifa Israel
The Bahai Gardens are on top of any list of attractions in Haifa. The amazing manicured gardens spread in the form of terraces from Mount Carmel on top to the German Colony in the lower section of Haifa or downtown.
It contains the tomb of Iranian Mirza Al Mohammed, who declared himself "Bab" or "Gateway" to God, in 1844 and founded the Baha'i faith. Ali Mohammed was assassinated in Tabriz, Iran in 1850, and his successor, Mirza Hussein Ali, who became known as Baha’u’llah, fled to the Ottoman Empire where he proclaimed himself Imam in 1868. He died in 1892, having been held in captivity at Akko for 24 years.
Today, the terraced gardens and shrine are an incredibly tranquil and beautiful memorial as well as an immaculate example of garden landscaping. UNESCO has declared them a World Heritage Site for their cultural as well as natural beauty. For those of the Baha'i faith they are also an important place of pilgrimage.
Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery
The actual Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery was built in 1836 and is renowned for its frescoes of Elijah. The interior also features paintings of the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel and has a cedar figurine of the Virgin known as the Madonna of Mt Carmel.
By 1150 it was a hermetic Catholic sect that sided with Napoleon against the Ottoman Turks. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times.
Cave of Elijah in Haifa
Once visiting the monastery, a path leads down to Elijah’s Cave. Believers hold that Elijah hid here when he killed the priests of Ba’al.
It is an important pilgrimage site for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, who all consider Elijah an important prophet. Please do dress modestly out of respect to the other pilgrims.
Haifa Cable Car
This is the easiest and fastest way to get up to the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery and also a lot of fun. The panoramic vistas are awe inspiring.
Even if you're not interested in visiting the monastery itself, the views from the lookout point at the top of the hill, across to the Haifa Bay and the Mediterranean, are well worth the ride to the summit.
There are two main Haifa beaches for beach-goers. Bat Galim Beach is a favorite with water sports enthusiasts. Windsurfers and kiteboarders take to the waves on sunny days, and you'll find water sports operators here who rent equipment and give lessons.
Hof HaCarmel Beach, located south of the city, is more about laid-back sunbathing and swimming, and is a favorite place for local families on sunny weekends. Both beaches have excellent facilities, with cafés along the shore and sun shades and sun loungers for rent.
Museums and Culture in Haifa
Mane Katz Museum
It contains the paintings and sculptures of Mane Katz, who was an influential 20th century Jewish artist. As well as his Expressionist art, Katz was a great collector, and his personal collection of Judaica and antique furniture are on display here.
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
It features exhibits of Japanese artistry from the 14th century right up to the present day. Located on top of Mount Carmel next door to the Dan Carmel Hotel, it is the only such museum in the Middle East.
Ursula Malbin Sculpture Park
This beautiful park is full of bronze statues by German-born artist Ursula Malbin.
It is a great day tour for the children so they may explore the well-maintained trails through the park and peering at the quirky monuments.
It is located in a building that was once the base for Israel's Institute of Technology and was erected in 1913. Inside, there are all kind of science-based exhibits, from colorful chemistry displays to exhibits explaining aviation and green energy.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum holds a collection of model ships, maps, and charts showing the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean region. Anyone with an interest in maritime history and in the leading role the Mediterranean played in shaping the centuries of human history in this region will enjoy a visit.
Haifa University Museums
The large University of Haifa has a complex of museums and attractions that make for some interesting sightseeing. Of particular note, the Eshkol Tower has an observation deck for panoramic views across the city, and the tower's ground floor is home to the small Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum.
Map of Haifa Attractions
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