Gare du Sud


This cool old 19th-century railway station was originally built to provide train service from Nice into the Alps. A century later, when it was replaced by the nearby Gare de Provence, it was threatened with demolition, but the community stepped in to save it. Now it's the site of a new library, a multiplex movie theatre and a planned food court scheduled to open by 2020 – bringing new life to this up-and-coming Libération neighbourhood.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nice attractions

1. Musée National Marc Chagall

0.38 MILES

The strange, dreamlike and often unsettling work of the Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is displayed at this museum, which owns the largest…

3. Le Régina

0.96 MILES

Originally Queen Victoria’s wintering palace, this monumental edifice was subsequently converted into apartments. In the 1940s Matisse lived here, using…

4. Musée Masséna

0.96 MILES

Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoléon's favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle…

5. Musée Archéologique de Nice

0.97 MILES

The hodgepodge of Roman artefacts in this archaeological museum is rather ho-hum – but if you've already bought a Nice museum pass, it's worth a visit…

6. Les Arènes


The scant remains of Nice's Roman amphitheatre can't compare to other ancient sites in southern France, but they do lend an atmospheric air to the park…

7. Musée Matisse


This museum, 2km north of the city centre in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings,…