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Central Russia

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Located in the far west of the country and formed around the Moscow Princedom in the 15th century, Central Russia is Russia's historical core and still the seat of Russian politics and economics. Tourists are mostly drawn to the metropolis of Moscow, with its mixture of the classical and the modern and a bustling nightlife. Northeast of Moscow lies the Golden Ring, an iconic series of the country's oldest cities unspoiled by industrialization. The historical legacy of picturesque architecture and traditional arts and crafts make these cities popular with travelers searching for an idyllic setting. The region also boasts birthplaces of many famous Russians, including Lev Tolstoy, Sergey Yesenin, Anton Chekhov, and Yuri Gagarin, as well as the sites of the three historic battles: one against the Tatars in 1380, another with Napoleon's army in 1812, and the third with Nazi Germans in 1941. Although there are considerable inequalities between the capital and other cities, some hidden corners of the region have plenty to offer. With our custom trip planner, Russia vacations can be built around trips to Central Russia and other destinations in Russia.
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Places to visit in Central Russia

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Popular things to do in Central Russia

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World heritage site
Red Square Moscow
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
World heritage site
Moscow Kremlin Moscow
4.7
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Church
Saint Basil's Cathedral Moscow
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Central Russia

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Historic Site
Tula State Museum of Weapons Tula
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor) Smolensk
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Sergiyev Posad
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Lenin's Mausoleum Moscow
3.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Central Russia

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Specialty Museum
Borodins' Blacksmith Shop Vladimir
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum Kostroma
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve Moscow
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Military Museum
Armoury Chamber Moscow
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Central Russia

Farm
Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm Sumarokovo
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Transfiguration monastery Murom
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Art Gallery
Provincial ARTgallery-M Ples
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery Zvenigorod
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Central Russia

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Park
Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory) Moscow
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Patriarch's Pond Moscow
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Garden Moscow
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Central Russia

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Specialty Museum
Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo Arkhangelskoye
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Terem Snegurochki Kostroma
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Science Museum
The Museum of Cosmonautics Moscow
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Einstein's Entertaining Sciences Museum Yaroslavl
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historical Tour
Moscow Gun Tours Moscow
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Fabrika Project Moscow
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
State Central Theatre Museum of Bahrushin Moscow
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery Moscow
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes