Ramat GanIsrael, to the immediate east of Tel Aviv, which almost acts as an extension of it. Ramat Gan is an eclectic town famous for many things totally unrelated to each other, including diamonds, football, malls, chocolates, Iraqi restaurants, a religious university, and an open-space African safari with lions. Small green public gardens are plentiful and all streets are tree-lined.
Northwest Ramat Gan features a cluster of sparkling skyscrapers, which, at night, impresses you with a magnificent Manhattan-style skyline. There, you will find the tallest building in Israel (75 floors), right next to the two skyscrapers comprising of the diamond stock exchange. This area, called the Boursa, turns at night into a sleazy collection of brothels and illegal casinos.
The rest of the city, just like its name, is residential with green gardens here and there. Some embassies (including the EU delegation) are located here, instead of Tel Aviv. A lot of political wheeling and dealing goes on at the Ramat Gan Sheraton City Towers, which is a preferred hang out for Likud Party primaries conferences.
In the northeast, you will find the first successful shopping mall in Israel (Kanyon Ayalon) surrounded by huge outlet stores. Next to it are a shooting range ("mitvach"), the biggest soccer stadium in the country, and the Ramat Gan National Park.
On the southeast side of town is Bar Ilan University, which combines university studies with an orientation towards the religious Jewish community.
Ramat Gan is also associated with chocolates, as those passing by the "Elite" factory on Jabotinski Road would catch sweet whiffs of chocolate in the blending.
Last but not least, Ramat Gan is known as Baghdad Town. Most Jewish immigrants from Iraq settled here in the 1950s and made Ramat Gan their home. As a result, many Iraqi restaurants can be found here.
By busThe easiest way to get to Ramat Gan from Tel Aviv is by bus.
- From the Tel Aviv central bus station: Lines 21, 31, 34, 51, 52, 53, 54, 60, 68, 70, 82, 160, 268, 524, 525, 531
- From the Tel Aviv Central (Arlozorov) train station: Lines 42, 51, 53, 55, 60, 61, 65, 68, 69, 70, 82, 142, 160, 161, 240, 268
- From the Jerusalem central bus station: Line 400 goes directly to Ramat Gan. However, if you are going to the western parts of Ramat Gan, it is more efficient to take line 480 to the Arlozorov train station, which is just outside Ramat Gan.
By trainTrains go from most cities to the , which is walking distance to the Ramat Gan business district (Boursa). To get elsewhere in Ramat Gan, take a local bus from the train station.
address: Jabotinsky 1Ramat Gan is a center of the worldwide diamond polishing industry. You can learn about it in this museum.
Spiral HouseAn architectural landmark by architect Zvi Hecker. The top floors have a rounded shape, and are held up by spiraling columns which include the stairs.
phone: +972-3-6305305The main zoo for the Tel Aviv area, occupying 250 acres and including 1,600 animals of different species: 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl, and 25 species of reptiles. There is a regular zoo, and also a larger "safari" area where you can drive around in your car with the wildlife just outside. (If you don't have a car or prefer to leave it parked, the zoo operates vehicles through the safari area, at an extra cost of ₪7 per person.)
MaccabiahThis is the Jewish Olympics, where Jewish communities from all over the world send their athletes to compete and mingle at the Maccabiah village at "Kfar Maccabiah" a full scale sports hotel and compound.
Avraham Krinitzi National Parkaddress: Southern Ramat Gan, Ehad Ha'am st.Also simply known as 'The National Park', is the biggest park in Ramat Gan and a favourite place for BBQ'ing.
Ayalon Mallphone: +972-3-5703105address: Sheshet Hayamim 28 / Aba Hillel 301The first shopping mall in Israel. Still contemporary with lots of shops and cafes.
Bialik Mallphone: +972-3-6721796address: Jabotinsky corner of Bialik 76
Bialik St.Bialik street is the main shopping area in Ramat Gan.
Sky Baraddress: 14 Abba Hillel St.
Hemingwayphone: +972-3-5757212address: Jabotinsky rd. 55
address: Diamond Exchange District, 14 Zisman Street, Ramat-Gan 52136
phone: +972-3-6715715address: 7 Bernstien St, Ramat GanHotel and sports compound.
address: 1 Krinitzi Street, Ramat Gan 52453Business lounge with light snacks and Internet corner for free surfing of the web.