Best Cities In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Top Ten

1 Whiterun

Best city ever lot of quests can be earned and there are really good followers

Ok this is the best city ever. Its easy to get around, it's where my home is, and my wife also there, my friends the companions also live here, and I also think that it's the best place ever to play werewolf (when you go on a killing spree with beast form and destroy everything. )

Most of the first quests you get are from Whiterun. Whiterun probably has the largest population out of all the hold capitals. - Canuck101

Whiterun is the best!

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2 Riften

Best city ever created in any Elder Scrolls games: with a real background, every NPCs are linked together, many quests... The only city in Skyrim to have two sides too: the "candy" one with honey references everywhere, autumn colours when it's sunny, animated market and a lot of people everywhere in the city... And a darkest one with the thieves guild, the fog, the ratway... Riften is the ultimate Elder Scrolls city!

Personal favourite of my, the way it's structured, the background of it, the mysteries, and most of all, the thieves guild. - LostDream258

There is a lot of crime here and its very often foggy but that's just what makes it more mysterious and cool.

I like the water. It reminds me of Lake Town in the Lord of the Rings.

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3 Solitude

While I didn't like the imperial regime solitude is by far the most asstetically pleasing city in skyrim. its just so beautiful

I'm probably the most wanted person in the land in Solitude. They hate me because I murdered someone. How is that a crime? - Lem

It has so many beautiful buildings and nice people. A lot of shops! And a lot of quests!

I kinda like Solitude the most - 2storm

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4 Riverwood

Oh, the scenery. Prettiest city no doubt.

River wood is the best it the first town you play in freely and it is the most beautiful village and you can stay there at the blacksmiths or with the people that own the wood mill or when guards are there sleep in the sleeping bGs and like I said it so beautiful.

Small town great for hunting. Also a little bit of side quest.

It's so peaceful and full of people going about their daily jobs. Easy access to Falkreath and Whiterun and the illinulta. Even home to my wife Carlotta.

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5 Markarth

I found that Markarth was the only city to have an atmosphere. There were poor people living in the warrens, forsworn would attack, everybody would be working, it has an amazing investigation quest, which if you complete, a huge sort of civil war breaks out inside the city. Some of the citizens are actually part of a cannibal cult, you can buy war dogs and there are even massive dwemer dungeons in the jarl's keep. Not to mention the huge mountains, waterfalls and unique shrubbery. No other city in Skyrim can compete with Markarth.

Markarth is the only city that isn't perfect, there's corruption, oppression, the forsworn, the silver bloods, and a conspiracy where you can pick your side. Not to mention the coolest looking city, built by the legendary dwemer, and the hold itself is home to so many dungeons and dens that you could spend years on the reach alone.

It's kind of creepy, but maybe that's what makes it the most interesting city in Skyrim.

I like Markarth as I liked it's architecture the best due to it being Dwemer, and I found its history interesting. Still, I haven't played the game for as long as most players, so maybe my mind will change.

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6 Falkreath

Falkreath is a beautiful naturery city and the piece of land called lakeview manor that you can buy is fun for you because some times giants,bandits and vampires come along and when you kill them they always have gold and other useful things on them

When you download the mod "Perfect Falkreath", the town turns out to be one of the best in Skyrim. - aldwych94

You can build a house there called lakeview manor and it has a daedras best friend which gets you either a really sick axe, or a mask, plus a dog as a follower

7 Dragon Bridge

The scenery around the area is beautiful and the bridge looks really cool. This town is really underrated. - aldwych94

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8 Windhelm

This place is terrible, its confusing, dull and full of annoying people - kempokid

Blood on the ice is like the best quest and it has the second biggest house

Windhelm is average but it has my favorite house Hjerim so that puts it on my top 5. - matthewwilliams2

Home of the mighty Stormcloaks!

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9 Ivarstead
10 Helgen

Ok who put helgen up here?! This place is where you died why would you put it up here?! And plus the place is ugly and its occupied by bandits... Not my kinda place.

Rorikstead isn't that great. But it sure as hell is better than this place. Anything is better than Helgen in this game. what people.

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The Contenders

11 Shor's Stone
12 Rorikstead
13 Morthal

Me and Jarl wrinkly-face are best buds. I should buy a plot of land and make my beggar kid move there so I can hang out with my Jarly buddy. - Merilille

14 Raven Rock

Raven Rock is cool it got cool mission like the cool blade and the hammer in you can a warrior pet...

New guards, new houses, new music

Raven Rock was pretty cool because I was Dunmer - matthewwilliams2

Home of most of the Dunmer population of Skyrim, this mining colony features an ebony mine, as well as unique Redoran-themed buildings made of chitin.

15 Oblivion
16 Imperial City

This is far by the best city we've experienced in the Elder scrolls series. It has shops,gardens,mages and almost 25% of all oblivion quests! It also has that huge arena!

17 Darkwater Crossing
18 Kynesgrove
19 Stonehills
20 High Reach Keep
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