Best Cities In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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

The homeland - Johnalove

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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!

Whiterun is home but Riften feels alive. It has a fishery, a honey producer, a meadery, a temple, an orphanage, a realistic market, slums, townhouses, a castle, a guest house run by a swinger, the thieves guild, the rich, the poor, the criminals, loads of interconnecting quests, an interesting layout, a metric ton of merchants and a tavern slap bang in the middle where it belongs. Out of all the places in Skyrim it's definitely the one where I would choose to live.

Best town/ city in the game. Lots of interconnected quests, many of which are important to the main game. Good organic feel to the town with all characters interconnecting, and also where you first encounter mjoll the lioness, possibly the strongest follower/potential spouse in the game

Thieves guild come on

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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

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

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

Screw imperials take over the city as stormcloaks and its perfect

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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.

Shows class and capitalism

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5 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

Nice little town with great side quests, good vendors, a nice house if you have hearthfire, and a scenic nordic atmosphere.

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6 Windhelm

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

How is windhelm 8th place you filthy imperials

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


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7 Riverwood

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.

The scene is beautiful and useful as it's near to White Run and Belgen

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8 Dragon Bridge

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

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

Biggest city no doubt

9 Ivarstead
10 Shor's Stone

The Contenders

11 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.

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12 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

13 Rorikstead
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

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.)

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!

We are talking about Skyrim cities, even if Imperial City is the best city in the franchise. - LordDovahkiin

17 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!

18 Darkwater Crossing
19 Kynesgrove
20 Stonehills
21 High Reach Keep
22 Winterhold

Cool little town, very mysterious

Stop the nightmares

Why is it so low - venomouskillingmachine

I love Winterhold and Dawstar the most and they're last? what - matthewwilliams2

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23 Karthwasten
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