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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
USD31.13 per adult
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Fun!
Great tour! Chris was fun , and kept things interesting . Glad I chose this tour. Perfect amount to time & group size
Margaret_C, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Fun!
Margaret_C, May 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Great tour! Chris was fun , and kept things interesting . Glad I chose this tour. Perfect amount to time & group size
star-5
Great walking tour!
Tania_M, May 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Chris was a great guide, so informative and engaging. We loved the walking tour, could have spent another 2 hours listening to him share his knowledge of Nice. Highly recommended!
star-5
Chris was great and...
Erin_R, May 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Chris was great and shared fun history facts. Tour was very informative and orients you to Old Nice.
star-5
Very good tour of lovely Old Nice
Jason_A, Feb. 2022
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Our guide was a true professional. He gladly informed our group in both French and my language English throughout the tour. He also was happy to converse and share some fun stories. Top notch!
star-4
Great tour, great guide.
JOANNE_M, May 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Really enjoyed this walking tour of Nice. Our guide was friendly and super knowledgeable, and he made the walk fun, despite the 350 steps to climb to the top, which is well worth it by the way, stunning views and scenery up there. He was very sweet to bring us a little traditional local pastry made by his mother. Highly recommended.
star-5
Educational and entertaining.
Timothy_F, Apr. 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
I love these walking tours. You learn so much more about the history. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the old town area, and made the tour to be very entertaining as well as educational.
star-5
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.
star-5
Great guide - ...
Darren_M, Apr. 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Great guide - informative, funny right pace for a morning stroll around Nice. Highly recommend this trip
star-5
Excellent
Nana_K, Apr. 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Excellent Tour. Chris was a lot of fun! He had fun fact quizzes. Made history fun! Sent us recommendations on places and restaurants to visit it Nice. Overall an excellent tour and information on the History of Nice. I’m a history buff so confirmed all my knowledge. Friends were proud of me!
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Locals guide to Old Nice
Paul_G, Apr. 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
The tour was very informative about old Nice. Our local tour guide Chris was very passionate about his city, which is great to see. I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Good Vibes with Chris in Nice
Kevin_Z, Apr. 2022
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
The tour is great. I had a great time in less than 3 hours and got to know quite a lot of Nice. Also, Chris is super helpful and kind. He has good vibes to talk to. The tour ended in the most beautiful spot in Nice and he helped me take loads of pictures. Chris also gave us plenty of restaurants recommendation, which I love a lot. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
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!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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