Today you can visit a multi-attraction culture, business and entertainment center full of cafes, galleries and designer clothing shops in what was once the end of Israel’s first railway line, built in 1892 to connect Jaffa with Jerusalem. The Tachana is the old Tel Aviv-Jaffa railway station located between the sea shore and the Neveh Tzedek neighborhood which operated from 1892 to 1948. After years of neglect, in 2000 its renovation/restoration began. It was certainly worth the effort.
Hatachana allows you to go back in time riding a real railroad car exhibit of three-dimensional video, hologram, simulation effects, lighting and sound retelling the story of more than 100 years of trains in Israel.
The Wieland family were members of the Templar community that came from Germany to Israel in 1900 and settled and established its building materials factory near the Jaffa train station and the Templar neighborhood of Valhalla.
British Army Graffiti
British Mandate soldiers were barracked from 1942 in the home and factory of the Wieland family who had been deported with the other German Templar families. Gerd Rothschild decorated the dining halls, some of which have been restored in Hatachana.
Click on this interactive map for a list of Businesses active in every building.
The IDF Museum
You can combine your visit to Hatachana with a tour of the Israel Defense Forces History Museum ( Batei HaOsef in Hebrew) next to the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Railway Station (Hatachana). This is a museum of to the history of Israel’s military, from the underground organizations active during the British Mandate for Palestine to the modern IDF.