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One Month to Go! Sights to See While in Warsaw

April 16th, 2012

We’re only a month away from the 2012 World Finals, and we can feel the excitement building.  In addition to the quick facts we posted before, we also want to give you an idea of some of the beautiful places you may want to visit while in Warsaw:

Old Town

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Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) is the historical center of the city and dates back to the 13th century.  While the largest part of the Old Town was previously destroyed, it was later reconstructed to imitate the original precisely.  A beautiful market square spreads across the middle of the Old Town, making it a great place to people watch during the day.

Lazienki Park

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This magnificent complex was built by King Stanislaw August Poniatowski during the second half of the eighteenth century.  It features the neoclassical Palace on the Water (Lazienki Palace) and is surrounded by gardens, canals and ponds.

Royal Castle in Warsaw

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Originally built as the official residence of the Polish monarchs, this royal castle is located in the Castle Square at the entrance to Warsaw’s Old Town.  The castle has seen many renovations and rebuilds, but is now a historical monument and national museum.  Over 500,000 people visit the Royal Castle every year.

Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science

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This structure is the tallest building in Poland and the eighth highest building in the European Union.  Visitors can observe a spectacular view of the city from the terrace on the 30th floor, 114 meters from the ground.  The PCS also boasts the highest Tower Clock in the world, with clock hands measuring six meters long. Inside visitors can enjoy the Museum of Evolution, Museum of Technik, three theatres, and a multiplex with eight cinema screens.

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This is only a taste of the amazing things in store in Warsaw.  While you’re visiting these historical sites, don’t miss out on sampling local cuisine.  The city is home to a wide selection of specialties, such as pierogi, soups, sausage and cheeses.  No matter what your tastes, there are enough regional options to keep you satisfied your entire stay!

Find more information about Warsaw and the contest on the ICPC Website, Love our fun facts? Tweet us @BrainBattleICPC and use the #ICPC2012 hashtag!

[photo credits: www.nomadicpinoy.com, www.warsawtraveltours.com, www.panoramio.com, and http://culture.poland.travel]