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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 and Castle Hill
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
$31.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful Nice
We had a wonderful tour with Chris. He was energetic, knowledgeable, and punctual. He shared the history of the region with the flair of a local. We visited all the highlights of the Old City as well as Castle Hill with beautiful panoramic views. I would highly recommend this tour.
Margaret_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

star-5
Great guide
Patricia_W, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris was our guide. He was wonderful and had a lot of knowledge about the city. He is a native and speaks English fluently. He also brought us a local delicacy to try out. We had a great time!!
star-5
Walking tour of Nice Old Town and Castle
Gill_K, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Super enthusiastic and friendly guide, leant so many interesting and entertaining facts about the history of Nice, delicious Pissaladiere cooked by Maman! Beautiful views and surprise finale at 12pm. Loved it!
star-5
Nice loved it!
Nancy_G, Jun 2022
Nice Old Town Walking Tour & Castle Hill
Our tour guide RafEl M was great fun and informative. Nice history and beauty stood out. We loved learning about the history
star-5
Lots of steps but worth it!
Cheryl_B, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Our tour guide Chris was excellent. He brought the history of old town and Castle Hill to life with his local knowledge.
star-5
Great Experience!
Audrey_D, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Wonderful! The highlight of our trip so far! Chris was a funny and very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend!
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-5
Excellent local perspective.
Zachary_P, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
This walking tour was one of my favorite tours in Nice. Our guide, Chris, is a local who offers a great perspective on the city and its food/customs/history. The tour was just the right length, and it covered all the best parts of the city, complete with a moment to stop for ice cream/coffee, and multiple great vantage points. Highly recommend.
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
Castle Hill Million Euro View
Scott_S, Jun 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris provided us an excellent tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill. In 2 plus hours, he packed in a great deal of Nice's historical background. His passion and joy for Nice was evident every step of the way! We cannot forget to mention...his mom's homemade socca was delicious! Highly recommend.
star-5
Friendly guide, good knowledge sharing and comfortable speed of the tour
Kamalika_G, May 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
The tour the great. Our guide was friendly, shared a lot of information and the history of the place and the area we covered gave us a good understanding of the old town and some of the historic spots. Total time spent was good and would definitely recommend this tour for folks who want to get a good understanding and overview of the area and can plan to stroll and check out some of the spots post the tour.
star-5
A must-do for first time visitors to Nice
YongKhim_T, May 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Our guide Chris was passionate and great in sharing interesting bits of history and local culture about Nice. He even brought socca made by his mother to let our group have a taste of this authentic Nice specialty. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk!
star-5
Good spend of 2 hours learning the history of Nice
kevindias1, May 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris gave us a great historical background of Nice. Highly recommend. He combined with humour to make it fun.
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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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