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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)
Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Free admission
Colline du Chateau, Nice, 06000

The Basics

With steps, roads, a train, and an elevator, there are myriad ways to access this lookout. Once summited, you can explore the hill’s green spaces, shady respites, and 18th-century artificial waterfall.

Offering the best views in town, it’s no surprise that a visit to Castle Hill is a popular inclusion on sightseeing tours of Nice. Opt for a walking tour and enjoy a leisurely stroll up to the hilltop lookout point; join an e-bike tour and glide up the hill before continuing along the French Riviera coast; or visit as part of a Nice day trip from Villefranche-sur-Mer or Monaco.

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❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
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❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
$29.51 per adult
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Highly recommend
We enjoyed the stories and history of old Nice and castle hill. Our guide was fun, friendly and very knowledgeable. We were planning to visit castle hill anyway but are so glad it was with our guide and small group otherwise we would never have learned all of the interesting history.
Brandi_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Nice
Elin S, Jul 2019
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
The guide was very knowledgeable. Small Group. We were only seven people. Guiding in both French and English. Take the time to join these guided tour.
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Terrific Walking Tour in Nice
LauraElizabeth2010, Jul 2019
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
We thoroughly enjoyed this walk. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Nice. Thank you so much!
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Tour with Giyom
Passport48268828100, Jul 2019
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Very informative and pleasant! On time! Tour guide is nice, smart and professional. Suitable for all ages and backgrounds.
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toritori9, May 2019
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Our tour guide Guillame was extremely knowledgeable. He knew a lot of history of Nice and we learned so much during the walking tour. He was also very personable. We would definitely recommend this tour.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We...
iansjennys, Oct 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We will be lucky that there was only two of us on the tour so had the undivided attention of the tour guide it was very informative with the history of nice. I would recommend this to anybody.
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Our guide was great, we had a small...
Alexander S, Nov 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Our guide was great, we had a small group, which was very good since we did not waste any time. The tour should have started at 10 AM, since the Castle lift did not open until then, therefore we all agreed to go to the Old Town.
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We had an amazing tour with Samuel...
Peggy T, Jul 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
We had an amazing tour with Samuel as our guide. We went to Castle Hill and through Old Town. We had appetizers at a restaurant in Old Town. I would recommend this tour!!
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Samuel is a very passionate and...
J M, Oct 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Samuel is a very passionate and knowledgeable tour group leader he took his time explaining the history of nice and we walked at a nice pace he has an excellent command of english which puts us to shame he also seems to know zillions of people in old nice,everyone was saying hello to him so he's good for tips on food and places to go!
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A great guide and a very informative...
Colin, Aug 2018
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
A great guide and a very informative tour. Easy paced and covered a lot of ground. As we were only a group of 5 it was easy to follow and hear the information.
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The guide and highlights visited on...
Steve, Jul 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
The guide and highlights visited on this tour were top-notch. If you are visiting Nice, this is the best tour you can take. The guide was outstanding. His knowledge of the area was extraordinary. Definitely worth our time and excellent value.
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Very good tour - Samuel our tour...
nyein k, Apr 2017
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Very good tour - Samuel our tour specialist was truly excellent, informative and friendly. This tour is a must for a recon on this lovely city. Totally recommended.
star-4
Interesting walking tour
Escape17879849421, Aug 2019
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
This tour is a good way to see Old Nice and learn some its history. We were the only ones on the tour, and our guide, Guillermo, gave us a very thorough introduction to Nice. We took the elevator up Castle Hill, walked our way down through the park, and through the old town. Guillermo did a great job of explaining what we were looking at, how old Nice was founded, grew, and changed over the years, and shared some of the local stories and legends. Overall, this was a great tour, with a lot of interesting history presented in a fairly short period of time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no entrance fee to visit Castle Hill and the elevator is free of charge.

  • Wear comfortable shoes to explore Nice on foot—it’s full of hills, cobblestone streets, and steps.

  • At the top of the hill are a few small cafés where you can purchase a drink or snack. For lunch, it’s best to pack a picnic.

  • Wheelchair access to Le Château is available via the elevator. Once at the top, you can follow the accessible trails around the park and to the viewpoints.

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How to Get to There

To arrive on foot, take the steps at the eastern end of the Quai des États-Unis up the hill to Le Château. If you prefer not to walk, there is also an elevator (ascenseur du Château), or you can take a ride on the Petit Train tourist train.

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When to Get There

The hilltop of Le Château can get busy, especially in peak season (July and August), and the most popular time is around lunchtime when locals bring a picnic to enjoy in the park. For the most impressive views, time your visit for sunrise or sunset, when the weather is cooler and there are thinner crowds.

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A Walking Tour of Castle Hill

Despite its name, the last remnant of the 12th-century Château de Nice that once stood atop Castle Hill was torn down by Louis XIV in 1706. Today its last remnant is the Bellanda Tower (Tour Bellanda), now home to a naval museum (Musée Naval). Also on the hilltop is a cemetery as well as a scenic park with a man-made waterfall, ponds, a children’s playground, and plenty of picnic areas.

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