parc de la colline du chateau

The city’s original site, the Castle Hill, once boasted a reputedly impregnable citadel that was entirely dismantled by the soldiers of the Louis XIV in 1706. 

Truly a maze of greenery that has become popular for its cool undergrowth and surprising waterfall, this wonderful place for strolling offers a wonderful viewpoint over Baie des Anges, Old Nice and the Port.

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In Nice, history and beauty blend seamlessly on a hilltop overlooking the Bay of Angels. Castle Hill, or Colline du Chateau, is the place to go in Nice for pristine, uninterrupted views of this beachside city in the south of France. Despite its name, there isn't much of a castle left, as it was destroyed in the early 1700s. Still the castle ruins, the lush flora and a few hidden gems await visitors willing to make the short trek to the top.

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Castle Hill is about walking and exploring, so wear some comfortable shoes, especially if you plan on walking up. A camera is a must to capture the breathtaking views and the various sights at the top. Allow time to spend at least an hour on Castle Hill, to really enjoy the view and explore its many nooks and crannies.

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Access on foot from Old Nice and Place Garibaldi, in an Art-Deco lift or by steps (‘Escalier Lesage’) at the end of Quai des États-Unis, or on the Little Tourist Train, which actually isn't a train but a tram designed to look like a train.