Moscow’s estimated population is 12 million people.  It is the capital city of Russian Federation and is the destination of choice for most foreign visitors. Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia, making it the world's most populated inland city. The city is well known for its architecture.

Moscow has a humid continental climate with long, cold (although average by Russian standards) winters usually lasting from mid-November through the end of March, and warm summers. Weather can fluctuate widely with temperatures ranging from −25 °C (−13 °F) in the city and −30 °C (−22 °F) in suburbs to above 5 °C (41 °F) in the winter, and from 10 to 35 °C (50 to 95 °F) in the summer.

Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around a comfortable 20 to 26 °C (68 to 79 °F), but during heat waves (which can occur between May and September), daytime high temperatures often exceed 30 °C (86 °F), sometimes for a week or two at a time. In the winter, average temperatures normally drop to approximately −10 °C (14 °F), though almost every winter there are periods of warmth with day temperatures rising above 0 °C (32 °F), and periods of cooling with night temperatures falling below −30 °C (−22 °F). These periods usually last about a week or two.

For information on Where to Stay, Tourism, Restaurants and other useful information please visit the Official Tourism of Russia website.


There are five primary airports serving Moscow:
Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)
Domodedovo International Airport (DME)
Vnukovo International Airport (VKO)
Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA)
Ostafyevo International Airport (OSF)
Moscow also has city buses, taxis, trains and metro lines.  There is also the option of traveling by Ferry.

Don't miss MFS(E)'s 'Moscow Handbook' for newcomers

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