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Karmiel, or Carmiel, is a city in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel.

Founded in 1964, it is lacking in historic sites, and generally not of interest to tourists. Some people use it as a starting point for hikes in the surrounding hills.

Karmiel's population is 45,000. It has absorbed many waves of immigration, and about 30% of the residents are immigrants from the former USSR.

The city is located 250 meters above sea level and surrounded by scenic hills.


Get in[edit]

By rail[edit]

  • 1 Karmiel railway station. As this station (opened 2017) is the end of the line coming from the West for the time being, it serves as a convenient starting off point for hikes into the region. Karmiel railway station (Q6372215) on Wikidata Karmiel railway station on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

There are bus routes to and from Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. They begin or end at the train station, and often have additional stops within Karmiel.

Get around[edit]

There is a system of internal bus routes.

Map of Karmiel


  • Synagogue on Eshkolot St - lined with Jerusalem stone, and its windows are stained glass with colored patterns.
  • In Ramat Rabin area, there are unusual looking high rise buildings, recalling La Defense district in the Paris region.
  • A fountain at the intersection of KKL and HaIrisim streets
  • 1 Ramat Rabin park. Includes ancient ruins


  • 1 Park HaGalil.
  • 2 Park HaMishpacha. Has mini-golf, bowling, a bush maze, large-sized chess, and more. Free for Karmiel residents, 20sh for others.



  • 1 Merkaz Big (Big Center). Outdoor shopping center in the industrial zone.
  • 2 Lev Karmiel shopping center.
  • 3 KKL street. Shops and restaurants
  • 4 Kikar HaIr mall. Located close to the train and bus stations. It has become less popular as additional malls have opened.





  • 1 ORT Braude College of Engineering. ORT Braude College of Engineering (Q3655709) on Wikidata ORT Braude College of Engineering on Wikipedia


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