Parc de la Colline du Chateau is located on a tall mountain located right between the old town and the port of Nice. It’s also called the Castle Hill. Unfortunately, one is not able to see the castle itself these days. It was destroyed during the Middle Age. However, there’s a bunch of ancient monuments on the hill, as well as numerous viewing points, where one can enjoy the astonishing panorama of the Angel’s Bay and the port.
Сastle Нill is located in 90 meters above the city, and one can easily get here by using special stairs and paths. For those of you who don’t want to walk to the mountain, there’s a special elevator located right next to the Bellanda Tower.
While having a holiday in Nice you need to visit Castle Hill. This is the best place in the city where one can take panoramic photos, and enjoy the city of Nice from the bird's eye panorama.
History of Castle Hill
The majestic Castle on the Hill was erected in the 11th century. It was created to protect local citizens from pirates. While the time was passing by, the castle was getting bigger, adding more and more buildings on the slopes of the hill. The castle was totally destroyed by the French troops at the beginning of the 18th century. The place became deserted and was abandoned for more than 100 years.
In the year of 1828, the Herzog Savoyen gave Сastle Нill to Nice, ordering to create an astonishing park for people. That was the moment of creation of the majestic Parc de la Colline du Chateau with its astonishing landscapes and memorable panoramic views.
The creators weren’t able to create caves and mazes, which could attract a lot of tourists. But they manage to restore ancient buildings, the ruins of the Saint Mary church, as well as to create shady alleys with numerous trees and astonishing squares. One can find the majestic fountain, as well as many picturesque places for relaxation. The restored part of the Saint Elma chapel was transformed into the Bellanda Tower. They also created picturesque stairs and narrow streets for hiking and walking around. One can go to the city streets and walk right to the hill.
These days Parc de la Colline du Chateau is included into the list of the best parks and gardens of France. In case if you ask a local citizen about the best attraction in Nice, they will definitely tell you about Castle Hill. Here you can take memorable photos of the city from the bird's eye panorama, and take some rest enjoying snacks and a bottle of ‘Chateau du Vieux Parc, La Selection’ wine.
General rules for visitors of Parc de la Colline du Chateau
Parc de la Colline du Chateau is open throughout the year from 8 AM until the evening. The park is closed at 8 PM in summer, at 7 PM in spring and autumn, and at 6 PM in winter. There’s no entrance fee.
In case if you want to use the elevator in order to see Castle Hill, you need to walk along Quai des Etats Unis in the direction of the port. The elevator is located next to Suisse Hotel.
The exact address of Parc de la Colline du Chateau is the following: Montée Eberlé, 06300 Nice.