The Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, is Israel's version of MIT. Founded in 1912, its 120-hectare (297-acre) campus is a most impressive university complex, offering views of the city, the bay, the coastline clear to Lebanon, and the snow-topped Syrian mountains.
Because so many people come to see the Technion, the Coler-California Visitor Center (tel. 04/832-0664) has been established to introduce the campus to visitors. You'll be greeted by a real working robot when you come in. There's also a free 20-minute video about the school, and there are high-tech multimedia touch-screen videos, Internet kiosks, and laser disc productions that offer additional information. You'll also receive a pamphlet and map of the campus, which you can use to take your own self-guided tour. The student-priced cafeteria downstairs is recommended for a good budget lunch.
Many entertainment activities are held every evening (except Mon) at Bet Student, the Technion's Student House (tel. 04/832-0664). Call during the daytime for info on folk, disco, and '60s dancing, films, and other activities. You can also stop in at Bet Student's pub, cafeteria, or restaurant for a meal at student prices.
- © Frommer's 2013