The Baha'i Gardens
The Baha'i Gardens
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Extending from the summit of Mount Carmel, this magnificent garden features 19 terraces and its centerpiece, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, which contains the tomb of Siyyad Ali Muhammed.
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  • jeng2mayo
    San Jose, California92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garden Paradise of Haifa
    Bahai Garden was the highlight of Haifa when we visited the city on March 19, 2023. The stunning terraced garden has many colorful flowers and well-maintained lawns and shrubberies. The stairs leading down to the main temple offered a great vantage viw of Haifa's port and city. The mood was serene and harmonious that reflected the pillars of their Bahai Faith. The access to this wonderful garden is free. However, prospective visitors must register for an appointment slot at their official website. Most tourist were only shown the view from the top. We saw many tourist buses stopped for photos from the veranda on top of the garden. We did not see groups of tours going through the garden. Taking a bus from the main train station to the top entrance was easy. It was one bus ride with several stops. Google maps worked really well in transits here in Haifa.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Gail A
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Baha’i Gardens
    The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa are spectacular! We booked a tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The history of the Baha’i faith was something new to me and it was fascinating. The background of the gardens was also very interesting. Well worth the trip to Haifa. There was a second guide with our group, Lena, who came over to our 21 year old daughter to make sure her shoulders were covered. As my daughter struggled to get her wrap in place and said “I’m trying” to which Lena replied “try harder” My kid has anxiety and had a panic attack on the steps in the garden. Lena was unbelievably rude and condescending. She told me I needed to do “something about this” and we should probably leave. She then encouraged us to leave immediately because we were now behind the group. I apologized for being inconvenient and said we would catch up and continue. Which we did but it was very disappointing to have a guide be so obnoxious in such a beautiful place. Another thing to note: the restrooms are under renovation and there is no toilet anywhere close by. You are probably 15-20 minutes from a bathroom.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Cédric M
    Geneva, Switzerland116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful view over Haifa and the Med
    If you have the chance to visit the beautiful city of Haifa, you don't want to miss this wonderful park! From the entrance at the top, you have wonderful view over the city and the Mediterranean Sea. We've been lucky enough to entrer the terrasses, though it seems like it's not always possible. Nonetheless, simply the views from up there are worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Trevor M
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10, would highly recommend for anyone seeking a serene escape with a side of architectural brilliance.
    The architectural design of the gardens is mind-blowing. The way the steps seamlessly blend with the natural landscape is simply genius. Whether you're a nature lover, an architecture enthusiast, or just someone looking for a quiet spot to contemplate life, the Baha'i Gardens tick all the boxes. It's not just a garden; it's an experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and, dare I say, a bit enlightened.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Jill's Travels
    Rochester, New York24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    We signed up for the free 45 min tour offered by the Bahai Gardens staff - and we had a wonderful experience. The tour guide explained the history, and theology of Bahai as well as sharing info about the gardens. There are really 700 steps down as part of the tour - and that’s only half of the property. I highly recommend a visit to Haifa and these gardens!!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Odyssey07992895424
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bahhi gardens
    Me and my wife visited the upper gardens on guided tour. The gardens were beatiful and our guide, Yuri, was excelent in sharing the knowledge of the bahhi religion and. Culture and explaining why and how the gurdens were build on the carmel mountain . The architechtie is quite amazing with a whole mixture of styles. I highly recommend visiting there.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2024
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA4 552 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Couples
During the month of November, the gardens are a burst of bright color in a city with very few gardens blooming.

Exquisitely manicured, the gardens are beautiful with many plantings of bright reds and other amazing colors.

There are nineteen terraces that extend up the northern slope of Mt. Carmel. The golden dome Shrine of the Bab, is the resting place of the Prophet Herald of the Bahai faith.

Impressive.
Written 16 November 2022
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P. Audrain
New York City, NY849 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Nice grounds but painful experience as they do not sell any water and as one had to walk up after going down (no buses going up on Saturday morning…). The entrance system is very confusing as there are 3. The one on top is useless. The one in the middle is the only one to be used. One cannot go up from the one below so this entrance is useless. Very chilly to find parking anywhere. Overall a painful experience… the self guided tours are free but you need to reserve a spot online as this is in fact a group tour…
Written 20 August 2022
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jeng2mayo
San Jose, CA92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Bahai Garden was the highlight of Haifa when we visited the city on March 19, 2023. The stunning terraced garden has many colorful flowers and well-maintained lawns and shrubberies. The stairs leading down to the main temple offered a great vantage viw of Haifa's port and city. The mood was serene and harmonious that reflected the pillars of their Bahai Faith.

The access to this wonderful garden is free. However, prospective visitors must register for an appointment slot at their official website. Most tourist were only shown the view from the top. We saw many tourist buses stopped for photos from the veranda on top of the garden. We did not see groups of tours going through the garden. Taking a bus from the main train station to the top entrance was easy. It was one bus ride with several stops. Google maps worked really well in transits here in Haifa.
Written 12 August 2023
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3 757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Gorgeous manicured gardens, magically illuminated at night, sit prominently above Haifa on the northern slope of Mount Carmel. We were unable to tour the massive shrine at the pinnacle of the Baha'i Gardens, but rather viewed the religious site from its base while the moon rose above. Staircases up the terraced levels provide access and design interest.
Written 6 November 2020
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G S
United States103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Nothing great other than the flowers and the landscaping arrangement. You go to the top and can only enter the gate plus one level down which is not open most times. You can tour with reservations two more levels which is basically more flowers and landscaping. The rest of the gardens are not open to the public.
Sort of a disappointment considering they claim you can walk around the gardens which is what we expected, yet be told that you cannot walk around the majority of the gardens and only take photos from above. Not worth going to just for photos from the top which is crowded with tourists.
Written 26 March 2023
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Eddy T.
Petah Tiqwa, Israel160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Beautiful gardens in the heart of Haifa. It is recommended to book a guided tour of the gardens' site. A tour takes place in several languages. Alone, without a guide it is forbidden to walk around most of the areas of the gardens. The tour takes about 45 minutes, starts from the top and descends down according to the levels of the garden. Very romantic for couples. Also suitable for a trip with children, but children are not really small because it is required to keep quiet on site.
Written 25 April 2022
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crabapple58
Avon, CT190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
After many attempts to schedule their free tours and researching forums about how best to see these gardens, we found ourselves at the upper terrace Yefe Not street entrance BUT that is not the meeting spot for the guided tours, which even if you are not signed up or are late, just show up...10am or 10:30(see the schedule). Walk south of this manned main entrance, a few hundred meters and there is a visitors center with guard booth. He will tell you when the next tour is, we followed the Hebrew tour,(english speakers) but it doesn't matter , you are joining the tour to gain access to more of the gardens. GORGEOUS they are, and if it is morning you can enter the temple. They are strict, you can not wander on your own. There is a 'sweep' guide who will also answer questions and see that you remain with the group. Lower terraces are limited access for the winter. You must exit and walk the perimeter to gain access to the lower level which in winter is not really worth it. Get on a tour, the design and the integration of water and design is impressive.
they never answer the phone
Written 21 November 2022
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VastiOnline
Mexico City, Mexico260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The Baha’i faith was a new concept to me, introduced by these gardens through the guided tour.

Be aware that this is a spiritual place, and you will be asked to dress properly (cover your legs at least below your knees, and cover your shoulders).

The best way to visit is by reserving through their website in advance. It is very easy, and on my experience, they will have a spot even for the next day. This is important specially if you don’t speak the local language. I saw tours on Hebrew, English, and Russian. The address on their website will take you to the wrong gate. Just cross the street, and you’ll get to the entrance! The best way to cross the street is on the underground tunnel, which in addition will protect you from the sun for a few seconds.

Most of the tour is walking where there is no shadow to protect you from the sun. If you like photography, the tour is also the best way to get some good shots. However, you gotta be quick, because you are not allowed to wander on your own.

To visit at your own pace, it is best to get in outside the tour. However, this visit will be restricted to certain areas depending on which gate you entered the site. The widest garden is the upper garden. To go back from where the tour ends, it is best to take a bus. Be aware that you’ll need an Israeli transportation card or the app for that, since that is the only method of payment.

If you don’t want to take the bus, prepare for a 15-minute walk uphill down the blazing sun. You’d better invest that energy on walking inside the gardens!!

In my personal opinion, the gardens are better enjoyed once you know the Baha’i context from the tour.
Written 13 August 2022
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Flore
Arad, Romania1 710 contributions
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Feb 2020
If you are a tourist just coming on holiday in Israel, then the Baha'I Gardens in Haifa is a Top 3 tourist destination in Israel. I first visited these gardens in May, but now I was in February and everything is just as nice and neat. The visit is only with a guide, so watch the program displayed on the internet or at the entrance gate. Most guides are in Russian, but there are also in English (4/5 per day). The visit is free.
Written 5 March 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2 268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Most tours of Haifa will stop at the viewpoint looking down the gardens to Haifa and the water. They are dramatic with several stages down to the Shrine. After passing
a security check you can walk down a layer or two for closer views. Photographers will find this gives you more opportunities and better angles for shots. Travel light, no tripod is advisable, DSLR with a zoom lens works nicely. Watch for contrast from shade to sun lit areas, so some post-processing may be needed. There are some interesting details for shots as well as the grand overview.
Written 11 April 2020
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