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Colline du Château

Park in Nice, France

Travel Tips

Take the elevator up for an easier climb and enjoy the breathtaking views. 1

Wear comfortable shoes for the climb. The view at the top is worth the effort. 2

Wear comfortable shoes for the climb and carry water. 3

Visit early to avoid the midday sun, especially in summer. 4

Climb the steps or take the lift for an easy ascent. 5

Accessible by stairs, elevator, or road train. Features playgrounds and cafes. 6

Introduction

Historical Background

  • 🏛️ Ancient Origins: The site dates back to at least the Bronze Age, around 2100 BC.
  • 🏰 Medieval Castle: The castle was built in the 11th century and expanded over time.
  • ⚔️ Military Significance: Became a fortified citadel in the 16th century under the House of Savoy.
  • 💥 Destruction: The castle was dismantled in 1706 by Louis XIV's troops.
  • 🌳 Transformation: Turned into a public park in 1822 by the King of Sardinia.

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Main Attractions

  • 🌊 Waterfall: A large artificial waterfall created in the late 19th century.
  • 🏛️ Cathedral Ruins: Remains of the Cathedral Sainte Marie dating back to the 5th century.
  • 🏰 Bellanda Tower: A reconstructed tower housing a small museum.
  • 🌳 Park: A large landscaped park with exotic plants and romantic paths.
  • 🔭 Observation Points: Telescopes available for panoramic views of Nice and the Mediterranean.

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Accessibility

  • 🚶‍♂️ Stairs: 300 steps (escalier lesage) from the Old Town.
  • 🛗 Elevator: Castle Hill Elevator next to the Tour Bellanda.
  • 🚂 Petit Train: Tourist train that includes a stop at the top of the hill.
  • ♿ Wheelchair Access: Elevator provides access for wheelchairs.
  • 🗺️ Signage: Clear signs indicating paths and points of interest.

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Family Activities

  • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Playground: Large playground for children at the top of the hill.
  • 🍽️ Picnic Areas: Designated areas for picnics with family and friends.
  • 🍦 Refreshments: Stalls offering drinks and snacks.
  • 🚶‍♂️ Walking Paths: Mosaic-covered paths for leisurely walks.
  • 📚 Educational: Informative signs and small museums for learning about the site's history.

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Visitor Tips

  • 🕒 Best Time: Visit during sunrise or sunset for the best views and fewer crowds.
  • 📅 Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (October to March) and 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM (April to September).
  • 💸 Free Entry: No entrance fee and the elevator is free of charge.
  • 👟 Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes for walking on cobblestone streets and steps.
  • 📸 Photography: Ideal spot for panoramic photos of Nice and the Bay of Angels.

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Travel Information
🌐   Website: https://www.nice.fr/fr/parcs-et-jardins/le-parc-de-la-colline-du-chateau
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 06300 Nice, France

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