Moscow Oblast is in Central Russia, which borders Kaluga Oblast to the southwest, Smolensk Oblast to the west,Tver Oblast to the north, Yaroslavl Oblast to the northeast, Vladimir Oblast to the east, Ryazan Oblast to the southeast, and Tula Oblast to the south.
| The Federal City of Moscow |
| West Moscow Oblast |
| North Moscow Oblast |
| East Moscow Oblast |
| South Moscow Oblast |
- Moscow — the massive megalopolis that is the capital and principal city of Russia contains within it everything
- Dmitrov — a large, old town, famous for its beautiful kremlin
- Klin — a small city best known as the former residence of Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky; the manor where he composed Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker is now a museum
- Kolomna — a city nearly 900 years old, with its own kremlin and the oldest church in Moscow Oblast, the Church of St John the Baptist (14th century)
- Monino — a town famous for its Central Air Force Museum, one of the world's largest aviation museums
- Podolsk — a major industrial city and the largest in Moscow Oblast; former location of Lenin's country estate
- Sergiev Posad — home to the Trinity Monastery of Saint Sergius, the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church
- Serpukhov — an old city to the south of Moscow, which has its own kremlin, Vysotsky Monastery, and Vladychny Convent
- Zvenigorod — a small town with its own kremlin, which contains the wonderfully preserved Saviour Cathedral (1399) and its interior frescoes by Russia's greatest painter Andrei Rublev, as well as the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and some extravagant 19th century dachas
- Gorki Leninskiye — an 18th century noble estate, nationalized for Lenin's use as a dacha; Lenin spent his last years here as his health deteriorated and the estate is now a large museum in his memory
- Melikhovo — Chekhov's countryside estate-museum, where he wrote much of his best works
- Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve
Moscow Oblast is the economic and political heart of Russia and is by far its most populous oblast—even not including the city of Moscow itself, the region has approximately seven million residents. Destinations in the region are easily accessible by day trips from Moscow and have an extraordinary amount of sightseeing for the interested traveler.
Moscow oblast is in UTC+3 time zone.
Within Moscow Oblast, more English and other European languages are spoken than in most of Russia, but travelers should still consider familiarizing themselves with some key Russian phrases.
By far the easiest way to get to the region is to first head into the city of Moscow, which is a major international transit hub for air, ground, and river transport.
In general, the most efficient means of public transport in the region is the network of suburban electric rail, called elektrichki (eh-lehk-TREECH-kee), which radiates outwards from the capital. Elektrichki depart from the main Moscow rail stations. Detailed and up-to-date (including frequent changes) suburban trains time-table available online in Russian on the tutu.ru site. For point-to-point travel between cities and towns besides Moscow, buses and minibuses (marshrutki) are usually the best public transport option.
Moscow Oblast is the biggest central hub for Russia in its entirety; you can get to anywhere in Russia from here. Some nearby popular destinations include the cities of the Golden Ring, Saint Petersburg, and Novgorod.
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