11 cool facts about Haifa you most likely don’t know

There are numerous gorgeous cities in the Land of Milk and Honey. Actually, we’ve given you valuable information about many of these breathtaking places. Do you remember when we talked about Jerusalem’s hidden gems? A few weeks ago we even gave you some very interesting facts about the lovely city of Ramat Gan. At this opportunity, we decided to travel up north to give you some cool information about the city of co-existence, sea, and mountains: Haifa.

But, what do you know about Haifa? Besides its breathtaking landscapes, lovely restaurants, and kind people… What do you know about this spectacular city that is located 150 kilometers from the capital of Israel? There are many things you don’t know about this spectacular city, and in order for you to get the whole picture, we are going to share11 cool facts about Haifa with you.

Are you ready? Do you want to know both historical, cultural and functional facts about the Israeli city of co-existence? Grab a pen, start navigating Google Maps, and let’s begin.

Let’s walk through Haifa!

You are right, Haifa is known as the city of coexistence and hard work. There is a very meaningful Israeli saying that preaches “Jerusalem studies, Tel Aviv plays, and Haifa works”, and somehow, it couldn’t be closer to reality. Actually, Haifa was the first home for the Israeli Hi-Tech industry, which then moved to locations like Herzliya, Netanya, Tel Aviv, and even Be’er Sheva.

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Haifa’s well-known Mount Carmel (which suffered one of the worst fires in the history of Israel a few years ago), and Haifa’s Kishon River, are both mentioned in the Torah.

The only city in Israel that has a subway is Haifa, and it is a very special one. Haifa’s subway is on an incline, just like the city itself. It goes from the sea up to the mountain. It is called “Carmelit”.

In the Stella Maris Monastery, uphill in Haifa, there is a monument of the “Virgen del Carmen”, a very important figure for Latin American Catholics. This monument can only be found in one other place in the world: Chile.

Haifa is the city of co-existence, it is home to Jews, Muslims, Catholics, atheists and Bahais. All of them living in peace, and in praiseworthy levels of co-existence, tolerance and respect.

Haifa’s port is the biggest of Israel’s international seaports. Many containers, products, and cruises arrive and leave from this spot.

Israel is the third-largest city in Israel, it has a population of over 285,000 people. An interesting fact is that 25% of this number are immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

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Did you know that Haifa is one of the very few cities in Israel that has public transportation on Shabbat? Buses are available in this lovely city, even on Friday nights and Saturdays.

The interactive museum of science, technology and space is located in Haifa. It is an amazing place to go with your young kids… and even with a friend or a significant other. It is a very cool, fun, and interactive museum you cannot miss on your next visit to Israel.

Lior Suchard, the well-known Israeli mentalist who travels the world leaving thousands of people with their mouths wide open, was born and raised in Haifa.


Haifa is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Technion, the University of Haifa, and the Gordon School of Education are located in this gorgeous city, with campuses all over the place. The city is always full of students… very smart students!

The biggest and most gorgeous Baha’i Gardens of the world are located in Haifa, the city of co-existence. Actually, Haifa plays a very important role in the history of the newest monotheist religion!

There is a lot more to know about Haifa, but we will leave that as homework for you… Now, you just need to come to Israel and discover the city of co-existence yourself. There is a lot to see, many romantic places to have unforgettable dates, and some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the entire land of Israel.

What’s the best way to enjoy your time in Haifa? Learn Hebrew!

Even though in Haifa you could get around perfectly speaking Russian, Arabic or English, it is always great to learn the language of our ancestors. Today, learning Hebrew is easy, accessible, and fun. You can join one of Rosen School of Hebrew’s online courses and begin your journey today.

Want to have the ultimate experience in your next visit to Israel? Learn Hebrew today! What are you waiting for?

About the author

Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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