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Standout seasons to visit Moscow are late spring (May or June) and early autumn (September or October), when the city’s parks are filled with flowering trees or colourful leaves. The city is spruced up for the May holidays and September’s City Day, both festive times in the capital. Summer is also pleasant – though hot – and long hours of sunlight bring out the revellers.

The deepest, darkest part of winter is undeniably cold but if you are prepared it can be an adventure. Furs and vodka keep people warm and snow-covered landscapes are picturesque. A solid snowpack covers the ground from November to March. The city gets fired up to ring in the New Year, when Muscovites emerge from their warm homes into the winter night for free concerts and fireworks.