"Hulda Diesel" Historical Site

The Water to Jerusalem

The Hulda Forest, between Kibbutz Hulda and Mazkeret Batya (Road 411).

Imagine a city under siege, thirsty for a drop of water, life against the backdrop of the never-ending sounds of war. This harsh reality prevailed in Jerusalem during the time of the War of Independence, and your visit to the Hulda Site will take you back to the beginning of the struggle for the rebirth and independence of the State of Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular. Here you will actually join in the journey of the water to Jerusalem, from the HaShiloach Water Pipeline – the first water pipeline to the capital of Israel, which Mekorot laid in a daring and heroic operation during the War of Independence to save the besieged city of Jerusalem from thirst and to strengthen the resolve of the residents. At the historic site, you will visit an underground bunker, the site of a historical diesel station, among the first water stations that facilitated the supply of water to the city. This station, which is called Water to Jerusalem, like  other exhibits at the site – such as a signposted observation point and a historical exhibit – testify to Mekorot’s relentless efforts to supply water to Jerusalem at all times and in any circumstances, over the years. At this site, there is also a salvaged commemorative forest.

A few other interesting facts...
In the summer of 2000, fifty years after activating the Second Pipeline to Jerusalem, a small group of employees of Mekorot went to visit one of the remaining bunkers from the initial stages of the pipeline. In the beam of their flashlights the group discovered that the historical Hulda Diesel Station, which served the pipeline in its early days, had been preserved in its entirety! At that moment, the decision was made to build a visitors center at the site, documenting the struggle to convey water to Jerusalem and to preserve the story of the historical diesel station.

To arrange a visit: Tel 03-9388961

  • Visits are arranged for groups only, by appointment.
  • During holidays and the summer vacation tours for groups – as advertised in the media.
  • Visits are subject to a minimum number of participants.