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Nice – One city, two faces


Czars, lords and world stars – Nice was once a stamping ground for Europe’s decadent high society. Today, the city on the Côte d’Azur has a certain patina from those days long past, but also a modern, fresh, futuristic side

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Top hotel

The Negresco Hotel, which opened in 1912, is still the best address in town, or rather on the promenade. It’s a perfect specimen of the Belle Époque period.


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Flower market

Nice is famous for holding a magnificent flower market Tuesdays through Saturdays on Cours Saleya. Go on a Monday if you prefer junk stalls and antiques.


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Sacred monument

Make do? Now that concept was anathema to Czar Nicholas II! Not content with a mere church, by 1912 he had built his own St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in Nice.


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Seaside runway

The Beau ­Rivage has always been the bathtub of the rich and beautiful. The beach has a spa, bar, restaurant and sunbeds costing 20 euros a day.


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Luminous art

Artists rave about the quality of light in Nice. Henri Matisse lived there from 1916 to 1954. Today, the Matisse Museum shows hundreds of his works.



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OGC Nice, the city’s top-league soccer team, has played at the new Allianz Riviera stadium since 2013, which in 2016 will also host European championship games.


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Hipster hostelry

Hipsters prefer the Hi Hotel to the Negresco: Forget the unremarkable facade, inside it’s a blaze of color and also has a private beach for guests.


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New town

The plan for the new Eco-Vallée district is to attract IT companies and prepare Nice for the future. Enthusiasts are even dreaming of a French Silicone Valley.


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Art palace Contemporary

Art has found a home in Nice. And what a home! With its four marble towers connected by glass bridges, the MAMAC is a sculpture in its own right.


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Place to promenade

Step by step, the famous Promenade des Anglais is being given a makeover. Work on Promenade de Paillon park has already been completed.