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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
$32.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Old Nice and Castle Hill
Our guide was very informative, and we learned a lot about Old Nice. The tour continues from Old Nice on up to the top of Castle Hill for the noon cannon firing. It is a lot of stairs in the summer heat, so beware if you are mobility impaired. We loved the views from up there and it was well worth the climb. We would definitely recommend this tour as it is a great introduction to Nice.
Shauna_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

star-5
Wonderful Walking Tour
Alison_V, Aug 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris is an excellent tour guide. He is personable and extremely knowledgeable about the city of Nice. This tour is well worth it!
star-5
A fun, wonderful crash course about Nice!
Janna_B, Aug 2022
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
My friends and I had a wonderful time walking around Nice’s historical quarter with Carmela. She was knowledgeable and engaging. Our three hours with her went by quickly. We also got many excellent recommendations on what else to do and where to eat in Nice. A great start of our stay in city! Thank you ;-)
star-5
Excellent
Leon_R, Aug 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
A great walking tour of Old Nice and the Castel. The Guide, Chris was amazing, he is very detailed in explaining the sites. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Old Town Nice
Malyn_K, Aug 2022
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
I loved how Carmela explained the history of Old Town Nice. She also talked of food and showed us where to buy succa. She was friendly, nice to be around and knowledgeable.
star-5
Super fun tour
Alfred_J, Aug 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris our guide was knowledgeable, personable, and funny. Highly recommended. He even brought local food baked by his mom
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
Great tour!
JOSIPA_M, Aug 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris is a wonderful guide, fun, easy-going, very knowledgeable about the city. He gave us fantastic tips where to eat and go out at night 😇
star-5
Informative and fun tour with excellent guide
Pamela_S, Jul 2022
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Our guide, Carmela, was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and overall gave us a great look into the city’s history, as well as lots of tips about other places to visit. She was very flexible about how much time we wanted to spend at any given stop, and had answers for all of our questions about the city’s history. We had a lovely time with her and I would recommend her, and this tour, to anyone visiting Nice.
star-5
Great intro to Nice
Kelly_M, Jul 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris is so passionate about Nice and a great story teller. He walks you around old town, pointing out interesting things and ends with a surprise on castle hill. He even provides great restaurant recommendations so be sure to book this tour at the beginning of your stay in Nice. Really enjoyable tour.
star-5
Great walking tour.
Lee_J, Jul 2022
Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Carmela was a fantastic guide. We have been to Nice several times and this was the first tour we’ve taken. It was great to learn some history of the places we ha e walked by for so many years. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great Tour
Mishel_B, Jul 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Chris was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the history of old Nice. I felt bad that I had no more euros left since this is my last day of my trip so I couldn't tip him. However, he was outstanding. In addition he brought us a nice little treat from his mother. An onion bread that is originated from Nice. Great tour.
star-5
Lovely morning in Nice
elfmaryland, Jul 2022
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
The tour was wonderful! Our guide spoke excellent English, was engaging and clearly loves his city and is very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
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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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