Central Russia is located in the country's extreme west, but it casts the main role in Russian history and economics. Pioneer cities were established here 1000+ years ago. During its feudal disunity this territory took the main impact of the Tartar Yoke, started in 13th century and lasted for two hundred years. Central Russia is that core area, which formed around Moscow Princedom when it started to collect Russian feudal lands into a back single state to throw down the Tartars.
Later on, Central Russia often was a battlefield for national independence. At least 3 major battles in Russian history hit this region in 1380, 1812 and 1941. Many of famous Russians were born and lived there, including Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gagarin and others.
Nowadays, this tiny part of Russian area (2.5%) concentrates about 20% of the population and plays the lead role in the country's economy and politics. So, Central Russia has been proving its name for at least 700 years. Huge tourist potential of this part of the world is only going to be discovered. International tourists usually visit the metropolice of Moscow, less frequently see the historic legacy of the Golden Ring, and often undeservedly skip hidden, but awesome Central Russia's corners.
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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.
See Moscow, the point of arrival for the vast majority of the region's visitors.
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.
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.
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. Moscow is also 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.