A climb to Bratislava Castle's lookout platform will reward you with stunning views. Imagine the squat castle's days of pomp as your eye sweeps over the Old Town and your hotel, 1km away, towards the Carpathian hills and the thread of the River Danube.
Slovakia's president resides in the Summer Archbishop's Palace opposite the hotel and you're free to roam its impeccable French gardens. A 10-minute walk brings you to the stark Gothic lines of St Martin's Cathedral, where sovereigns were once crowned.
A 45-minute water-bus journey takes you to Danubiana, Europe's youngest museum of modern art, 15kms south of Bratislava. Be inspired by its new exhibits and outdoor sculptures and drink in its lovely location at the edge of a peninsula slicing the Danube.
Don't Go Home Without
Recalling Strauss' Blue Danube waltz as you board a hydrofoil for a river trip, 1km from Crowne Plaza Bratislava. Prepare for intriguing views of the space-age New Bridge, and Soviet buildings whose shadows lurk behind haughty 18th-century buildings.
The Old Town's beautiful Main Square sparks to life with Slovak folklore musicians, chamber concerts and quirky street performances during Bratislava's Cultural Summer. Crowne Plaza Bratislava's Front Desk staff will give you a full rundown of events.