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“We did not find a decent translation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cote d'Azur Observatory

Cote d'Azur Observatory
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US$49.46*
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Côte d'Azur Card
Ranked #36 of 217 things to do in Nice
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Zurich, Switzerland
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134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“We did not find a decent translation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

The tour is great, work out if there is a way to get a good translation. There is a lot of information presented in a very interesting and interactive way. However if French is not your mother tongue, then be aware that you are likely missing a few points due to the very specific vocabulary.

The tour and the instruments are very interesting. Traveling back in time and getting some cutting edge pieces of information on astronomy on one side and refreshing perhaps well hidden knowledge from high school or university.

Besides the theme of astronomy and astro mechanics, I recommend the tour for anyone with an interest in architecture and optics or simply history. Lastly even if you are coming simply to catch some breath taking views, that will be ok and worth your while. I went with my 5 year old, whom I had to translate the tour. Still truly worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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92 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Interesting visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

A splendid outing to admire the magnificent views from the summit and see the historic instruments.
It is necessary to book in advance for the guided tours. There is free parking for a reasonable number of cars at the side of the approach road to the gates of the site.
Unfortunately our guide was very soft-voiced, which made it difficult to follow his remarks, but a very interesting visit nevertheless.

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

the thing why its worth is the view - its literary fantastic.

inconveniences:
its possible to go only in the fixed dates and times (and only with the guide)
and with a group, which doesn't really allow one to take one's time.
the buses pass there so rarely that somebody gives one a lift in this desert neighborhood rather it arrives

architecture (one of the domes made by Eifel) is nice but not in a perfect condition
im not sure if the guide speaks english but all the astronomic explanations are pretty hard to understand in french

to sum up its a nice visit to see the view, but definitely not a must go in nice
and not a place to go if the time is limited by 2-3-4 days

Visited October 2013
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Kapuskasing, Canada
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64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Essential!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

The visit with a professionnal astronomer is very informative and interesting. The view of Nice can't be matched elsewhere. There is a bus that brings visitors to the observatory, but the people at the tourism bureau do not know about this gem. Shame on them!

Visited February 2014
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Simi Valley, California
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

This is a must to see, the surroundings and the journey to get there was great and pleasurable, put it on your list to visit

Visited December 2013
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