Parc de la Colline du Château, Nice
Castle Hill is a misleading name. In fact it's a park with a very spectacular fountain, or rather a waterfall easily seen from below. Get there on the first day of your visit to see spectacular vistas over the whole city, the bay and adore the colour of the sea. There is a lift to get to the top. The park is closed at 8 p.m.
Visiting "LE PARC DU CHÂTEAU"
. 'Le Château' isn't a château -- the castle on top of this high rock hill overlooking Nice old town and the port has been gone since 1706, but it's a great place to visit.
There are cool walks in the shade of the trees, great views out over Nice and the Mediterranean, a large grassy park, playground, Roman ruins and a waterfall. On every first Wednesday of the month, at midday, the sound of an air-raid siren can be heard miles away (coming from the Château). So don't be afraid if you hear it. ACCESS: stairs from the Quai des Etats Unis, and have a great view as you climb (213 steps) OR take the ELEVATOR (full one-way ticket: 0€90 cents). In the old town, go up the Rue Rossetti from the Cathedral Ste. Réparate to find steps and walkways that go up past the cemeteries to the top. There's also roads that you can drive, or walk, up: the Montée; Montfort goes up from the "point" between the Baie des Anges and the port, and from near the Place Garibaldi.
Everyone visiting Nice climbs the steps of the "Colline du Chateau" up to the summit, which offers fabulous vista over the Baie des Anges, Old Nice ,and the Port, some of the most photographed panoramic viewpoints in Europe. It is easily accessible from the foot of the Old town and the bay, but for those not able to make the climb there is a lift - an "ascenseur". If you are wondering where the chateau is, there isn't one, merely the unobtrusive ruins of the old Cathedral of Nice, a few simple cafes and a gift stall. The walk up takes in a waterfall, and varied pathways which allow you to explore nearby "Cimitieres de Nice" or return via the Old Town or the Port.
You can just catch sunset before the gates close for the evening but you have to be quick, as you do not want to be locked in. Pick a fine clear evening as the sun is sinking below the horizon, leaving its legacy of pink and darkening blue sky. The city lights begin to sparkle, with the magnificent sweep of the Baie des Anges, a necklace of light reaching out to the airport. On the distant skyline the shadow of Cap d'Antibes and behind, the undulations of The Esterel, the gateway to St Tropez. Below you, the Cours Saleya glows with life and all Nice is a glittering mosaic of street and apartment lights.
Gates open at 8am all year round, whilst closing times vary with the seasons:
1-30th September - 19:00
1st October - 31st March - 18:00
1st April - 31st May -19:00
1st June - 31st August - 20:00
(The hours are posted at the entrance as a reminder)
For a look at the steps to chateau, or indeed to view of any address in Nice, for example what your hotel looks like and where it is, go here GoogleMaps
The Colline du Château (Castle Hill) overlooks the magnificent Baie des Anges.
It offers some of the best viws of Nice (seafront and rooftops) as well as the harbour.
The seafront and bay must be one of the worlds classic views.
Although there is an elevator/lift to the top, it is worth walking up the path as you get to see the various pools, waterfalls and gardens.
Look for the mosaic paths at the very top.
The park is set on rocky hill overlooking the eastern part of the old town. It is well tendered with various lawns, children's playground, open spaces & a couple of cemeteries.
At the summit there is an artificial waterfall & a look out area that gives great views of Nice. There are stalls here to buy refreshments & souvenirs.
To get to the Chateau you can climb the winding paths & stairs the encircle the rock. If you don't fancy this, you can use the lift next to the Tour Bellanda or come up on the Petit Train de Nice.
Now a beautifully landscaped park with views over Nice and the Mediterranean, Colline du Château was the first spot to be settled in Nice. While there are no remains from the Graeco-Roman era, medieval ruins are plenty. The castle that gave the hill its name was destroyed in the 18th century, but ruins of older churches are still visible.
There is a man made waterfall on the way down from the hill (Le Chateau). I didn't see it well because it my first day in Nice and I rushed to the Promenade des Anglais and Vieux Nice to see it for the first time, but maybe you will take a better picture.
Go up the the castle hill (Colline du Château), where you can find no castle but some remains and a park, but there is the best place to see Nice general view, with the houses of the old city as well as the whole Promenade des Anglais and the sea.
When we started to climb the starirs leading to the castle, we thought we were going to see a real castle, even though it was not visible from behind the hill.
As we reached the top of the hill, we were so charmed by the wonderful view, that we forgot the reason why we were there... But after a while and a hundreds of pictures, a question came to our mind: where is the castle???
All that remains of the ancient castle are some ruins. You can still distinguish the shape of the buildings from the way stones are organised on the ground, but do not expect to find yourself in front of a real castle...
The way leading to the castle from Vieux Nice is very interesting: views are great, but you will also see a wonderful waterfall, and you can stop in the Jewish graveyard... impressive.
There are various ways how to get to the head of a La Chateau. You can go there on foot or by tourist-train. Though head of a La Chateau is within easy walking distance. All the time when you are moving you see panorama of Nice and you can take a shot. There are binoculars available but don't try to use it - it doesn't works despite you pay for it.
I visited this place in June in the daytime and only one thing was disappointment - uppermost there was a souveniers shop which was closed. But it doesn't forbid you enjoy great panoramas of the city.
'Le Chateau' isn't really a chateau -- the castle on top of the hill overlooking Nice old town and the port has been gone since 1706, but it's still a great place to visit. There are some excellent walks and truly fantastic views out over Nice city, the port and the Mediterranean. We sat and sipped a cold beer in a large grassy park where local kids were playing school sports. There is a small cafe, also Roman ruins and a waterfall.
You can walk up the stairs at the front, from the Quai des Etats Unis, and get a fabulous view as you climb. There are 213 steps from the bottom to the observation platform at the top. There is lift is available from the same starting point if your legs aren't up to it.
We walked from the old town, (go up the Rue Rossetti from the Cathedral Ste. Réparate to find steps and walkways that go up past the cemeteries to the top). There are also roads that you can drive, or walk, up.
We were blown away by the breathtaking views from this spot. The town/beach one way, the port to the left and the town from another viewpoint. You would be advised to take some water on a hot day, wear sensible shoes and enjoy!
Go to Le Parc du Château and have a some great views over the Rooftops! From the other side you can see the harbour.
The funny thing is that there is no Chateau there any longer(the castle has been gone since 1706)!
For those not able to make the steep climb there is a cheap lift but the views are better by foot.
Le chateau isn't a chateau - the castle on top of the high rock hill overlooking Nice old town and the port has been gone since 1706, but it's a great place to visit. There are cool walks in the shade of the trees, great views out over Nice and the Mediterranean, a large grassy park, playground, Roman ruins and a waterfall.
You can walk up the stairs at the front, from the Quai des Etats Unis, and have a great view as you climb; there are 213 steps from the bottom to the observation platform on top of the Naval Museum, and then more steps and various walkways on to the top. An elevator is available from the same point if your legs aren't up to it.
If you want to have a look over the city, climb up to Le chateau. Up there you can see over the bay of Nice and the port on the other side. The ruins are centered in a small park.
There are usually quite a lot of people, so the best tip is to go there in the morning and have a picknick above the city. On your way you will most likely stumble over the jewish cemetery, which is worth a look too.
Up the steep hill that finishes of the long promenade des Anges along the see, a wonderful green park hides the ruines of the old Nice castle. This stronghold was built after the dark period in which the Roman town fell at the mercy of various groups of invaders and pirates, as a result of the downfall of the Roman empire. The castle became a safeguard against those who were unwanted in the town, before all the pirates that threatened the harbour. Main reason however to climb the castle hill (or go by elevator) is the spectacular view over Nice and it's bay. One can see as far as the airport and beyond and direct under you is the old town with it's little narrow streets. On the other side a wonderful view on the harbour is as well a beautiful sight.