Best Cities In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Top Ten

1 Whiterun

Its an old fashioned Nordic city, and has amazing anglo saxon style architecture. The surrounding countryside and mountains really make it a beautiful place. Its also steeped in so much history and lore, it really feels like an old nordic city.

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

Quiet, open, breath of fresh air, full of people, but not overly cramped. it's also not overly brown or grey like the rest seem to be

It’s not my favorite aesthetically pleasing city, but I think it just overall the best city. Has pretty good quests, one of the best weapons in the game(ebony blade), and I like how it stays neutral to the civil war quest line.

2 Riften

Riften is such a beautiful city it has docks which is really cool but just the atmosphere and the vibes is what made me live there not to mention the thieves guild and the nice people after I would definitely recommend living there

Nasty city. It's so grey and dull and almost seems polluted. Its also plagued by crime, and is just dank and dirty. Especially when compared to the autumnal forests outside of Riften.

Great atmosphere through the entire Rift Hold, safely tucked away from the civil war, plus it's home to so many things that you just can't find anywhere else. Unlocking the shops in the Thieves Guild allows for easy smith-farming, and it also has the best house you can buy in the vanilla game. Not to mention tons of quests you can do.

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!

3 Solitude

Beautiful old city, I love the moss and flora everywhere, but its not Nordic like the rest, and is just more Cyrodiil, which I don’t like at all.

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

Beautiful city with dangers in the crypts below and one of the best player homes in skyrim in my opinion

Home of the mighty empire, the imperial race are by far the best, solitude are very beautiful and also have the east empire company and have the best security in skyrim

4 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.

Markarth is probably the most oddly designed city, and sticks out among the others. The overall atmosphere of 'Blood and Silver' makes Markarth the perfect city for prospective mercenaries, and makes roleplaying as an adventurer a breeze.

5 Falkreath

This city is GORGEOUS. The pine forest and rural aesthetic it has with the mountains in the background are so beautiful with the small town. It reminds me of Wyoming. Falkreath is almost picturesque.

I'm living there I love the wolf,giant vampire and spriggan, random challenger attacks

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.

6 Windhelm

At First I hated it. Once the empire took it it became my favorite. I live there now.

It's a mighty Atmoran city full of hardy Nords. It really fits the fierce and wintry warrior aesthetic of Skyrim, but I wish the city wasn’t so run down. Either way, the city represents the tough-as-nails culture of Skyrim. The proud Nordic heritage and architecture is very prevalent in this city, as it is the mighty capital of Skyrim.

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

How is windhelm 8th place you filthy imperials

7 Riverwood

Beautiful little village in a river valley, surrounded by pine trees. It's a calm and pleasant town, and very pleasing to look at as well. It feels very homey and safe.

Riverwood is no doubt the most beautiful and subtle places to visit. It has everything a village should have. And you can even do side jobs to earn money. It might not have full surrounding walls, but its surrounded by to walls on the sides, tall mountains in the back, and a pretty river. If your looking for a little place to hide out, or just chill, Ruverwood is your place to go.

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.

8 Dragon Bridge

Another village overlooking a huge area of Skyrim, since its near the mountains. The bridge itself is also awesome, and the whole atmosphere of Dragon Bridge is great. Definitely an underrated city.

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

Beautiful and interestingly mundane. I can really imagine living there for real.

Biggest city no doubt

9 Ivarstead

Gorgeous little village. The river beside it, and The Throat of The World just ahead really gives the city a great look to it. Just like Falkreath, Rorikstead, and Riverwood it has a rural old Norse aesthetic, and such a clean environment and atmosphere.

10 Shor's Stone

The Contenders

11 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.

this has a beautiful snow covered area surrounded by water.10/10

Its borring copy paste and Dragons allways attack.

12 Helgen

Helen is ugly and boring

This place is like 9/11

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.

13 Rorikstead

Quintessential farming village, its small and rural and isolated out in the fields. It feels so separated from the troubles of Skyrim, and calm.

Rorikstead is beautiful and a small quiet town great place to live!

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

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

Multiple districts, interactive quests and people... The cities in skyrim are terrible in comparison.

We are talking about SKYRIM cities, people. (but yes, Imperial City is the best.)

Wrong Game

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

Perfect little place to live especially if you are a miner.

18 Dawnstar

Dawnstar is so good that it automatically froze the game when 2 frost dragons attacked the city. great m8 I r8 8/8

Who knows how many times I had to save Dawnstar from Frost and Elder Dragons

Has anyone noticed that Dawnstar rhymes with pornstar?

The only downside to this magnificent city is that you can’t actually live in it...

Heljarchen Hall is too far away dammit!

19 Stonehills

Love this place. Perfect for beginner players.

20 Kynesgrove
21 Elsweyr

Nice home of khajiit

22 Reachwind Eyrie

Small, nice, one person home. Does not include a bed, unfortunately.

Great location. Very small spaced beginners dwemer-based home with an amazing overlook.

23 Pinewatch

Pinewatch's location is absolutely perfect. Also perfect for beginners without a home yet.

24 Winterhold

Cool little town, very mysterious

Should be higher to be honest

Stop the nightmares

Why is it so low

25 Karthwasten
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