The major seaport of Israel and the country's entryway to the North, Haifa is a city known for its hospitality, beauty, and diversity. As the third largest city in Israel, Haifa offers a wealth of cultural activities and attractions.
Spread between the beautiful slopes and forests of the Carmel Mountain and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the city's topography provides dramatic panoramic views of both ocean and greenery
from almost every angle.
This natural beauty is accented by some of the city's prime attractions, built to compliment the dramatic slopes of Mount Carmel.
The city's beautiful Baha'i gardens are sculpted up the mountain in dramatic geographic shapes and vibrant colors, set in alignment with the renovated main street of the nineteenth century German Colony at the mountain's foot.
These breathtaking views are highlighted by the gold-domed shrine of the Baha'i center, serving as a centerpiece to the city's postcard-perfect scenery.
Haifa - a mixed city
The Baha'i faith is only one of many religions that are represented in this unique city, which has become known as a symbol for coexistence and tolerance throughout the country.
About nine percent of the population is Arab - including Muslims and Christians - making Haifa a mixed city of Jews and Arabs that provides rich cultural insights and experiences.
Haifa also serves as a base camp for exploring the country's northern attractions, including the Carmel forests, the Galielee, Casearea, the Kinneret, and the nearby ancient city of Acco.
Since Haifa serves as Israel's major seaport, the city has many historical connections to the wider Mediterranean area and Middle East as well.
Today the port and its related industries serve as a hub for Haifa's largely blue-collar working class. With the development of the hi-tech industry and as home to the Technion and the University of Haifa, however, the working class is diversifying and developing along with the city's commercial and cultural scene.
Traveling to Haifa is convenient and easy on Israel's railway and bus systems. Trains depart almost every twenty minutes from Tel Aviv and time of travel is a quick 45 minutes – 1.5 hours, depending on which of Haifa's three train stations are your final destination.
The southern-most station (Hof HaCarmel) stops right at the Carmel beach. The second (Haifa Merkaz) is located near the port and downtown area. The northern-most station (Lev HaMifratz) is in the eastern part of the city.
Traveling north, trains depart for Nahariya from Haifa every hour with a travel time of 40 minutes. Buses to Tel Aviv take about an hour and a half to Haifa's "Merkazit Khof Ha-Carmel" Central Bus Station and depart almost every hour.