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Cote d'Azur Observatory

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Address: 319 boulevard de l Observatoire, 06304 Nice, France
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+33 4 92 00 30 11
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Historical and most beautifull view on Nice

Visits are organized by the people of the observatory ( consult "OCA " for the days and schedule ) You will see the "grand dome" designed by Garnier and Eiffel In a... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Nice, France
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Nice, France
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Visits are organized by the people of the observatory ( consult "OCA " for the days and schedule ) You will see the "grand dome" designed by Garnier and Eiffel In a beautiful pine forest and the most beautiful view on the whole city but also mountains . The observatory is at 380m over the city . there are buses... More 

Thank J3J30
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The opening line on Trip Advisor states 45 Euros and up - no, for individuals its 6 Euros for an adult and 3 Euros for a child. Book via the Internet (you will find the booking form on the French pages not the English) but payment is taken at the observatory and not on-line. This tour caters best or French... More 

1 Thank pjthants
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124 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Not the easiest place to get to,but Ok by bus once you get used to their routes. You have to pre book a guided tour on the internet and unfortunately this is only in French ,but nevertheless it is an interesting place with plenty of history eg it was once one of the biggest telescopes in the world and was... More 

Thank michael n
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594 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We didn't see a single soul on our visit here - maybe the place wasn't even open - who knows? Anyway, we had a prance around the exteriors of the various observatories and enjoyed the overlooks of Nice. Enjoyed ourselves, on our own.

1 Thank Harrison_F_Carter
Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We had a wonderful tour with Frederick as our guide. The tours are given in small groups (we had 14). Our tour guide kindly gave the tour in French and English. The walking is fairly strenuous-stairs and sloped gravel paths to the top of the hill. The observatory is actually composed of multiple domes and is very interesting. The views... More 

Thank Cindy K
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

The place itself is really worth to see, especially the main observatory building with giant telescope. However, public transport goes here only once per hour and the visiting time is only once a day - you need to subscribe first via website for the visit and then you can buy your ticket when arrived at the place. Guides are coming... More 

1 Thank Anna D
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

I drove up the windy road and barely avoided a few accidents - parking is limited and is viewed as a contact sport. I loved the views.

1 Thank truetray
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

For kids and adults, it really is the place to go. Set atop Nice, the views over the Cote D'Azur are worth the admission fee. We went as a group but the kids got in free because the majority of the tour was in French. And, yes, you actually get a scientist who conducts the tour and went out of... More 

1 Thank Raj J
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Only Open to visitors at 2:45 pm every Weds and Saturday. You also need to make sure you reserve places on their website in advance. You can take the bus up the hill or drive up, but there is extremely limited parking nearby. Our tour guide was great. She did the tour both in French and excellent English for our... More 

2 Thank judithchrisal
Newcastle, UK
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Although we didn't check beforehand, the observatory was closed, and the road to it was blocked, so we can't even see it from the outside or as a viewpoint over Nice - shame.

2 Thank BWUK

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