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Central Russia - areas in European Russia with different definitions or without definitions

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : Russia : Central Russia

Central Russia is both Russia's most populous region and its historical center for the past 600 years. Home to Russia's mega-city and capital Moscow and the historic cultural monuments of the Golden Ring, Central Russia is also the country's biggest tourist destination. The region takes its name from its status as the political and economic center of Russia—it is actually located at the country's extreme west.

Ivanovo Oblast
Kaluga Oblast
Kostroma Oblast
Moscow Oblast
Ryazan Oblast
Smolensk Oblast
Tver Oblast
Tula Oblast
Vladimir Oblast
Yaroslavl Oblast


Within Moscow and at most large tourist sites, it is possible to find English speakers. At major tourist destinations, guides are available in most major world languages. The only language you are likely to hear on a daily basis, however, is Russian, and knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet plus a few key phrases will certainly make independent travel a lot easier.

Get in

See Moscow, the point of arrival for the vast majority of the region's visitors.

Get around

Rail is the most convenient method of public transportation between cities. From Moscow rail stations, there are suburban trains called электрички (eh-lehk-TREECH-kee), which will take you to smaller cities within the region.


The regions most popular sights by far are located within and around Red Square and the historic loop of cities comprising the Golden Ring.


Moscow is home to truly world class dining and some of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Outside of Moscow, choices are more limited and Russian cuisine is more predominant.

Get out

Central Russia is within easy striking distance of Belarus and Ukraine, both centers of ancient Kievan Rus. One of the world's most fabulous tourist destinations, Saint Petersburg, is just an overnight train ride from Moscow. And Moscow is the starting point for most journeys on the Trans-Siberian Railway, which takes travelers to destinations in the Volga Region, Urals, Siberia, and the Russian Far East, as well as non-Russian destinations such as: Mongolia, Pyongyang, and Beijing.

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