You know how it is when you live in your own city and don't make it to see the typical tourist destinations? Well, the Haas Promenade in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiyot is such a place. I've heard several times that it has one of the most beautiful views in all of Jerusalem. That much I knew was true. But, with it being far on the other side of town (literally directly across town), it's rare that I make it over to that suburb of Jerusalem. Luckily, I recently went for a visit and it did not disappoint.
The Haas Promenade is a 3/4 kilometer stroll along the rim of Talpiyot with panoramic views of Jerusalem. Technically, the promenade is composed of three separately named portions, but to the average tourist, you will see it as just one long walk. Well, it's really not a long walk, the whole length will only take you about 10-15 minutes to walk.
There are multiple observation terraces from which you can stop to stare out into the City of David in front of you, the Old City directly below you, and across the chasm to the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives and Hebrew University. A staple of any Jerusalem skyline, you can see the gold Dome of the Rock glistening in the picture below with the walls of the Old City surrounding it.
My camera doesn't have a panorama setting, unfortunately (I'd love to save up for some fancier camera lenses), however here is my attempt to capture the panorama for you from the first viewing deck on the promenade. Past the olive trees, a beautiful Jerusalem panorama captivates you.
In the picture below, you have new Jerusalem on your left, then the Old City in the middle, and off to the right is a neighboring Arab village. If you trace the top of the image from the right hand side, you will run into Hebrew University about 1/3 of the way in and then a few inches over are the group of white buildings called Kfar Studentim where university students (and my husband and I) live.
After enjoying the views from the first terrace, it's time to keep on strolling down the "Tayelet" (or promenade in Hebrew).
A peaceful walk today, the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem was once home to historic battles in Jewish history. During the 6-day war in 1967, the Jordanians ousted this property from UN control due to its prime location as a way to target the city below. Today, this property now belongs to Israel where it remains a safe stroll instead of a location from which to attack. It was from here that Israelis were able to historically liberate the Old City of Jerusalem.
After a little more walking, you will arrive at the central terrace of the Haas Promenade where some of the best views can be appreciated.
Here's another attempt at capturing the panoramic vista from Haas Promenade, this time from the central terrace at the promenade's far end. Though it might look the same as the last series of panorama shots, it's about 1/2 kilometer further.
That tower up on top of the hill is the landmark of Hebrew University in French Hill, an Americanized Jewish neighborhood. As you can see, just beneath it on the mountain sloping downward are Arab villages. This shows you how close Jewish neighborhoods and Arab villages indeed situate themselves to one another. Perhaps it sheds some light on why both people believe the land is theirs. We are literally neighbors, yet rarely cross into each other's territory.
And here, a few more beautiful shots of picturesque Jerusalem scenery along the promenade's length.
The Haas Promenade in Talpiyot is the perfect place to stop and rest, to sit and think or to relax and chat with a friend.
And Haas Promenade is definitely a popular place for tourists, as I quickly discovered. Bus loads of tourists from around the world made pit-stops here at Haas Promenade, buying a snack, taking some pictures and listening to the wisdom of their tour guides. Aside from the Mount of Olives which is directly across the valley from here, the Haas Promenade showcases the best views of Jerusalem.
After taking all those beautiful pictures of the stunning scenery, of course we had to pause and snap a few for ourselves.
To get to the Haas Promenade, take bus route 8 which leaves you at the entrance to Armon Hanatziv, which is the Hebrew reference to the Haas Promenade. Had I been here previously, I would definitely have taken my guests to visit this beautiful lookout, but I only recently discovered it for myself and I am so glad I did because it was a pleasant surprise that lived up to and surpassed its talk.