Uncover the Wonders of the Haifa Bahai Gardens

Sometimes I combine my private tour to Caesarea and Haifa with an excursion inside the Haifa Bahai Gardens. Excursions with local guides in this area are closed to the general public. Booking in advance is required for this excursion.

The Jewel of Haifa: Baha’i Gardens

Situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the Haifa Bahai Gardens stand as a symbol of beauty, spirituality, and architectural brilliance. As one of Israel’s most visited attractions, a Haifa Baha’i Gardens tour offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in serenity and wonder.

History and Significance

The Bahai Gardens, also renowned as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, have deep roots in the Bahai faith, one of the world’s youngest religions. These gardens encircle the Shrine of the Báb, a sacred site for Baha’is and the final resting place of the Báb, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Uncover the Wonders of the Haifa Baha’i Gardens

At the heart of Haifa lies a masterpiece of landscaping and spiritual significance—the Baha’i Gardens. As you ascend the nineteen terraces that stretch across the northern slope of Mount Carmel, you are greeted by the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, proudly overseeing the bay towards ‘Akko.

Each corner of the Gardens offers its own unique experience, unified by a harmonious blend of graveled paths, intricately manicured hedges, and vibrant flowerbeds. The skilled hands of dedicated gardeners maintain this sanctuary, framing sweeping views of Haifa, the Galilee Hills, and the vast expanse of the Mediterranean Sea.

Your Guide to Exploring the Haifa Bahai Gardens

1. Upper Terrace Balcony (61 Yefe Nof St.)

  • Overview: A breathtaking viewpoint, the balcony delivers panoramic views of the Shrine of The Báb, Haifa’s port, Haifa Bay, and the Galilee Hills. Navigate three viewing platforms via two stair flights. Directly opposite lies the Louis Promenade, a pathway leading to local shopping and dining options.
  • Visiting Details: Open daily from 09:00 – 17:00, except on Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur. Admission is free. On-street parking is available on Yefe Nof St., with a public restroom situated 100m east.

2. Central Terrace Main Entrance (80 Hatzionut Ave)

  • Overview: This spot provides the closest view of the Shrine of the Báb and the inner Gardens, complemented by vistas of olive groves, diverse flora, and an iconic historic building.
  • Visiting Details: Open daily, with the Shrine of the Bab and Inner Gardens accessible from 09:00 – 12:00 and the Outer Shrine Gardens from 09:00 – 17:00. Admission is free, but remember to dress modestly. Limited parking is available. Note: Public restrooms are undergoing renovations as of 30 July 2023.

3. Lower Terrace German Colony Plaza (21 Hagefen St)

  • Overview: Situated at the foot of the Gardens, this entrance boasts a large fountain, cascading waterfalls, and relaxation benches. A viewing platform can be reached via two stair flights.
  • Visiting Details: Open daily from 09:00 – 17:00, excluding Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur. Free entrance. Nearby on-street parking is available, and public transport lines service the area.

Upper Terraces Guided Tour (45 Yefe Nof St., Haifa)

Experience the awe of the Baháí Gardens and Haifa with a guided tour offering insights into Bahá’í history, beliefs, and the Gardens’ significance. Traverse 750 stairs, noting this tour might challenge those with mobility issues.

  • Duration: 50 minutes.
  • Booking: Reservation only, from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. Parking facilities are available.

Visitor Reminders Haifa Bahai Gardens

The Haifa Bahai Gardens are sacred spaces, open to everyone without charge. Visitors are encouraged to:

  • Dress Modestly: Clothing should cover the shoulders and knees. Comfortable, traction-friendly shoes are advised. Consider hats and sunscreen in summer.
  • Photography: Allowed, excluding inside the Shrines.
  • Refreshments: Carry water. Avoid other beverages, food, gum, and smoking in the Gardens.
  • Strollers: Limited to specific entrances. Not recommended for tours.
  • Prohibitions: No animals or weapons.
  • Closure: The Gardens might close on Bahá’í holy days, Yom Kippur, or during inclement weather.

Your visit to the Haifa Bahai Gardens promises a journey into a world of serenity, beauty, and spiritual significance. Ensure you respect the sanctity of the place and revel in its captivating allure.

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