Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau)

#4 in Best Things To Do in Nice
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Key Info

Montee du Chateau

Price & Hours

Free
8:30 a.m.-6 or 8 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau) is more of an impressive hill than a castle. Even though most of the original Chateau de Nice structure has crumbled away, travelers still recommend climbing the hundreds of steps to reach the stellar view from its peak. 

In addition to the sweeping panorama of Nice and the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), a park area welcomes visitors at the hill's summit. The park is a great destination for families because of the playground and ample space for picnics. Once you've gotten some rest and taken in the view, be sure to snap some pics at the artificial waterfall, cemetery and Belanda Tower (Tour Belanda).

The park is free to visit. If you don't want to climb, there is also a free lift that will carry you about 75 percent of the way, or you could just drive along the road if you have your own set of wheels. Don’t stay too late (or arrive too early) though, because the park is only open from sunrise to sunset.

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You'll likely pass by Place Masséna, the city's main square, several times while in Nice thanks to its central location. With the seafront to the south, the shopping street Avenue Jean Médecin jutting off to the north, and the lovely Albert I and Massena gardens surrounding it, you can walk to it from virtually anywhere in the small city.

Recent travelers highlighted Place Masséna as an idyllic location to snap your photos, with a hypnotic tilework, illuminated display fountains and seven famous statues to serve as memorable backdrops. Reviewers also recommended stopping by at various hours of the day to see how the square changes with the rising and setting sun. The square is free to visit 24/7.

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