Castle Hill of Nice
Castle Hill of Nice
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Soak up the breathtaking views from the top of the hill where the Castle of Nice once stood. Castle Hill, which towers over Nice’s historic core, is the most popular park in town. Hike (or bike) uphill through a set of winding trails or ride the elevator to the top for free. The park is worth visiting any time of the day—you can see the sunrise over the harbor (perfect time for beating the crowds) or watch the sunset over the Promenade des Anglais. A cannon shot goes off at noon every day. – Tripadvisor
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  • MumbaiRiders
    Mumbai, India1,793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle Hill of Nice
    Castle Hill(Colline du Chateau) was a former military citadel overlooking the Bay of Nice.From the 11th century to the 18th century the castle was besieged several times especially in 1543 and 1691 and finally in 1705 the castle was overun by French troops and destroyed in 1706 under command of King Louis XIV.In the present era "Castle Hill" is the most famous and visited park in Nice.The view from the top of Castle hill of the French Riviera coastline and Nice Old port is a sight that is out of the World.There was some archaeological excavations in progress in a a part of the large hill side of the park this area has been made available to the public.The site contains remains of medieval walls and fortifications, as well as remains of the cathedral dated to the fifth century. Guided tours take place in groups of 20 and last about 30 minutes.There is also has a historical Jewish and Catholic cemetery at the other lower end of the park. Was at the right place at the right time and got to see a group of women doing dance workouts to the tune of loud music on speakers. Tourists can use the elevator to get to the top of castle Hill or walk the 300 stairs to the top.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 June 2023
  • JJJC_Family
    768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    The elevator was broken. So my wife and I had to walk up. It was not fun for me and torture for my wife with her MS. It’s a long walk up. But it is a rewarding walk with beautiful, sweeping views of the Mediterranean and the city, the better and longer the higher you go. Be sure to see the waterfall. Neat. Even my wife thought the effort was worth it. If you have no health issues or the elevator actually works, it’s a must if you visit Nice.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Saima F
    Southampton, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a sun hat in summer and water bottle but don’t miss it.
    Stunning views from above after bit of a climb on hot afternoon. Waterfall spray will refresh and energise you. We tried earlier in an evening while in Nice as wanted to enjoy sunset but no access after 7 I think. Check the timings before set out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Jasmin H
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views across Nice
    Beautiful views over Nice. Sign posted well and facilities at the top including toilets, a cafe and a play area for children. Plenty of benches and places to sit. There is a waterfall which is a great place to stand and take in the view as well as cool off in the heat by just standing next to it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Kristen Blush
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic addition to our trip to Nice
    I underestimated how special Castle Hill was going to be. My husband and I casually went up about an hour before sunset (closing), and could have easily spent multiple hours up there exploring. I highly recommend going around 2 hours before sunset, or more. Bring a picnic lunch and drinking water. Additionally, the stairs up are not incredibly steep, but there are a lot of them. We noticed the top is accessible by car/bike, if that helps. The medieval waterfall was truly spectacular, and the views of the rooftops, sea, and port were breathtaking. Lots of little moments for photography. Once the sun fell behind the hills, bats started fluttering in the trees. If you forget to look up you may miss them.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • LindaSusanStafford
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views on a lovely sunny day
    Queue for lifts up took about 45 minutes. Amazing views at the top; make sure to visit on a clear day. There's a number of paths to walk around with viewing spots and the waterfall was great.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Alanah Reeve
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place to watch the sunset
    Maybe one of the most beautiful views for the sunset over Nice and the sea. The walk takes about 10-15 minutes (I'm quick!!) but there are many places to stop off and appreciate the views/ beauty of nature. The waterfall is magnificent and provides amazing views of Nice and the med. I recommend visiting about 30 minutes before sunset for the best 'golden hour' and views as well as being able to get down in the daylight!! Do be warned however, the waterfall is very misty and you will get wet if you stand too close!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Em Allen
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant, a must if you're in Nice
    AMAZING! Well worth the visit up. There's a little tour train and a free lift if you can't manage the steps. Just Google where the lift is, it's straightforward. Was closed due to repair when we visited so may be worth checking if you can, but you can sit and rest on the way up. Big area at the top with interesting parts and walks and views are stunning. No castle but some interesting ruins and just go up, you'll not regret it. There's also drinks and snacks and ice cream up there too, and shady areas, and a wee playground thing and somewhere the kids can kick a ball around. Toilets are 0.50 euro, they take cards but then it's a minimum 2 euros.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Christine P
    Vancouver, Canada306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views for days!
    Incredible views all around. On a sunny day, the Cote D’ Azur is spectacular. There is an elevator that takes you up the hill, or you can walk. Once at the top, there is a whole park to explore. Keep climbing for the best views. Pay washrooms and snack huts at the top. Go early in the day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Quuen of Shameless
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a view!
    What a breathtaking view...We took rhe elevator up then spend a couple of hours walking in the park and took the stairs on the way down. It is very relaxing, park is clean, there are people playing, a couple of cafés with great view and good food. A great way to spend an afternoon in Nice
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's a lot of steps up the hill but it is really worth it for the amazing and spectacular views across Nice. You can see right along the coastline for miles. Wear good footwear for safety as there are a lot of steps. It gets busy, so for best photographs go early
Written 21 April 2024
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David
Lille, France1,815 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
The Castle Hill of Nice is essentially a public park where all can go to admire the beautiful views it offers of the city. Not a demanding climb - it's easily accessible with staircases at one point and ascending pathways at another.
Written 6 April 2024
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Shipra U
Bengaluru, India21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Its a great place to roam around and watch the sunset. When coming from the Promenade side, go to the left to find a lift which can be used to go up for free. Once up, there are multiple view points and also look for the waterfall. While coming back down, take the stairs to get the full experience.
Written 23 March 2024
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Natp18
Swindon, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful place for views of Nice in all its glory. Walk up here from the promenade take you around to the port of Nice where there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants. A must do if you are visiting glad we did it.
Written 22 March 2024
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milesmiles90
Gouda, The Netherlands780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
To arrive here , u may use promenade Playa del ingles or tram station called Garibaldi- Le Chateu .

From promenade ( next to Nice Vieux ) , there is an elevator .

The other patio way is lovely in a sunny day .

There is a museum is with fee of admission

The Waterfall is so pretty . U may see all side or French Riviera.

There is a toilet facilities for 60 cent

There is play area and cafeteria but u may bring ur own food and drink to consume in a lovely day .

Make sure ur cameras batteries full , a lot to capture.

U may spend 3-4 hours or make a picnic there too.

Have a great time
Written 27 February 2024
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Alien W
812 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is definitely a must-see of the city. But I think it should clear say the routes and where has what so toursists can have directions.
Written 17 February 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you have a lot of energy, you can hike to the top. It is a good walk, but you must be able and be willing to climb. You will be rewarded with some grand views of the city and the sea below. You can also take a cab.
Written 8 February 2024
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Bozhidar T
Sofia, Bulgaria2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
It's worth the 10-15 minutes of climbing. The catch is that there is no castle but it's nice to see the whole city underneath.
Written 27 January 2024
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Gabriel H
Burlingame, CA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
You must go up to the chateau and see the city down below. It is breathtaking. You have a gorgeous view of the promenade des anglais. The old city. Cours Saleya farmer’s market and the beautiful hills surrounding Nice.
Written 9 January 2024
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nick w
London, UK1,295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Time your visit so you get to witness the sun set and you are in for some spectacular views. You can take the free lift up (note in December it stops running at 5.20pm) or walk up. Walk around the headland for views not just of the promenade but of the harbour with expensive boats too.

A great way to orient yourself as well as to take in the amazing sunsets.
Written 7 December 2023
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