Israel’s longest suspension bridge opens in Jerusalem
A new suspension bridge connects the Valley of Hinnom with Mount Zion. With a length of 202 meters, the bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Israel and is now passable. Pedestrians can use it free of charge daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Children up to the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The bridge makes it possible to admire the natural beauty of the valley surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem from the south and to explore the holy sites via a new walking route.
The southern end of the bridge is near the farm in Gai Ben Hinnom, which is known for traditional local products such as olives, wine, and honey. Nearby tourist attractions include the City of David National Park, the Sultan’s Pool and the restaurant and shopping area in and around the old station building HaTakhana HaRishona (‘the first station’). Tourist attractions on the Mount Zion side include King David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, and Dormitio Abbey. Pedestrians can continue into the Old City through the Zion Gate.
In the past 20 years, the Hinnom valley, which was previously used as a rubbish dump, has been thoroughly renovated. The soil was remediated, and footpaths were laid. The valley offers hikers lush vegetation and, thanks to the new suspension bridge, a walking path to the Old City of Jerusalem.
The shekel 20 million project, about five million euros, was commissioned by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Jerusalem Municipality, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Moriah Company. At 202 metres, the capital’s new suspension bridge is the longest in the country. In addition to the bridge in Jerusalem, there is an 80-meter-long suspension bridge in Nahal HaBesor and a 70-meter long one in Nesher.
Israel’s Tourism Minister Haim Katz is pleased with the opening of the suspension bridge, “We built this bridge with its spectacular view to improve the tourist offer in this area. The summer vacation that has just started is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get to know this special place. We will continue to invest in promoting Jerusalem as a tourist destination.”
“The suspension bridge is an asset to tourism in the city,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon. “Jerusalem is the main city in Israel that continues to improve its tourist attractions and invests millions in the development of tourism in the city, for both domestic and foreign visitors. I invite everyone to visit Jerusalem.”
Sammy Yahia Director of Tourism India and Philippines, said, “Israel is a country with a rich cultural, historical, and religious heritage, and is home to a variety of attractions that offer something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, culture, nature, or just looking for a unique experience, Israel is a destination that is sure to deliver”.