The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa

The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The geometry of the complex is built around the axis connecting it with the City of ‘Akko, which also has great historical and sacred significance for Bahá’ís. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

While different parts of the gardens offer a variety of experiences, they speak in a common language of graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners.  The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.

Visiting the gardens

The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa are open from 9:00 to 17:00, seven days a week, but the inner gardens near the shrine close at 12:00 noon. The gardens are closed on Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur. In rainy weather, they may be closed temporarily as a safety measure because the pavements are slippery when wet.

There are several ways to visit: If you wish to discover the gardens on your own, you can visit any of the three areas that are accessible from different parts of the city, as shown on the interactive site map below. To learn more about these areas, hover or click on the numbers identifying the entrances.

  • 1. Main Entrance

    Located at 80 Hatzionut Avenue, near Shifra Street, the main entrance gives access to the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb and the extensive gardens on the same level.

    Visiting hours: 9:00 – 17:00 daily

    The shrine and the inner gardens can only be visited from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. After 12:00 noon you may prefer to visit the Yefe Nof Balcony (location 2) with its panoramic views of the gardens.

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  • 2. Yefe Nof Balcony

    The viewing balcony at the top of the gardens is at 61 Yefe Nof Street, near the hotels and shopping area of Carmel Center. From here you may enjoy a panoramic view of the golden-domed Shrine of The Báb and the terraces which stretch down the mountain side, as well as the bay and the Galilee Hills.

    Visiting hours: 9:00 – 17:00 daily

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  • 3. German Colony Plaza

    The plaza at the lower end of the terraced gardens is near the restaurants and coffee shops of the German Colony. It is located at the junction of Ben Gurion Avenue and Hagefen Street.

    Visiting hours: 9:00 – 17:00 daily

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The most complete experience of the gardens is obtained by taking one of the walk-in tours that are offered daily except Wednesdays. These tours are free of charge, and no reservation is required. It is advisable to make arrangements in advance for organized groups of 25 people or more and those with special interests.

Other nearby attractions

The City of Haifa is known for its warm hospitality and the harmony prevailing among the diverse elements of its population.  It is a major seaport with historical links to Beirut, Damascus, Mosul and the Hijaz.  Haifa offers many historic sites and museums, as well as fine beaches and an abundance of restaurants and coffee shops proposing a rich diversity of cuisines.  More information can be obtained from the Haifa Tourist Board, Beit Hagefen and the National Museum of Science, among other sources.

Recommendations and reminders

The Bahá’í Gardens are religious sites that are open to the general public without charge. As in most other such sites, visitors are asked to dress modestly, to help keep the place clean and beautiful, and to behave in a manner that is considerate of the sensitivities of others.

Dress: Please wear clothing that covers your shoulders and reaches your knees. Because of the pebbled paths and occasionally slippery pavements, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes with good traction. During the summer months, consider bringing a hat and sun screen.

Photography is permitted, except for the interior of the Shrines.

Food and drink: Visitors are welcome to bring their own bottle of water, but drinking other beverages, eating, chewing gum and smoking are not allowed inside the gardens.

Other prohibitions: Kindly do not bring animals or weapons.

Gardens closed: The gardens are closed on Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur. They may also be closed temporarily in rainy weather.

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SPECIAL NOTICES

LOWER TERRACES WALK-IN TOUR

In December, a Lower Terrace tour will be offered Fridays at 10:30 in Haifa. It will start at 103 Hatzionut and end on Ben Gurion. Please note that a Shrine visit is not included in the tour.