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10 Most Beautiful Locations In Skyrim, Ranked

There's no question that TES V: Skyrim is one of the most beautiful games ever made. Even nearly ten years after its first release, its sights and sounds still take away our breaths when we adventure through the snowy, tundra-like province of Skyrim.

The game came a long way from its previous installments, and with mods available to make it look even more realistic and gorgeous, it's a sight for sore eyes. If you're looking to snap some aesthetic screenshots or just want to see the best sights in Skyrim, we have 10 locations you should visit for your fix of natural beauty.

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10 Markarth

Out of all the cities in Skyrim, Markarth is arguably the best looking. Perched perfectly on the side of the rocky cliffs, it naturally blends in with its surroundings. Two waterfalls run down the city, which exists in multiple levels connected with winding stone steps.

All this is actually age-old Dwemer architecture, which is known for being quite bulky and functional, but it does have an interesting and charming aesthetic here. Not to mention, Vlindrel Hall, the house you can purchase here, has one of the best views from its front door.

9 Nilheim

Speaking of amazing views, if you're looking for a great vantage point from which you can see far north and south, as well as High Hrothgar, consider visiting Nilheim. Located in The Rift, this watch tower is surrounded by a waterfall and is right next to a cliff overlooking most of The Rift, and even the Northeastern parts of Skyrim.

You'll see the Sea of Ghosts and even Windhelm from up here, which makes it an excellent location to visit for an amazing 360 degree view of major sights around you.

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8 Merryfair Farm

In idyllic farm located Northwest of Riften, it might not seem like anything special at first glance. However, the beautiful autumnal tundra that surrounds it, paired with a gorgeous view of the lake right by Riften is what makes this place so special.

This is some of the more colorful areas in Skyrim, and is definitely worth a quick visit if you want a rest from your adventures and would just like to take in the relaxing views. Even the Goldenglow Estate is visible from this location.

7 Shrine Of Azura

Head south from Winterhold on top of a mountain peak and you'll come across this massive statue of a woman holding a bird and a star. This is the shrine of Azura, dedicated to the Daedric prince and guarded by one of its last followers.

The place itself has a magnificent view of the lands below, but the real sight here is the giant statue that just looks like a deity emerging from the stone of the mountains itself. It's quite a sight to behold, and a location to begin one of the many Daedric quests.

6 Eldergleam Sanctuary

Located in Eastmarch, south of Windhelm and near the springs, the Eldergleam Sanctuary is not only a dream for any disciples of Alchemy but also an amazingly beautiful location to visit.

The cave is partly open from its ceiling, with waterfalls falling inside along with specks of light. Rare plants and other flora and fauna can be found here, along with the Eldergleam Tree, which is required for one of your quests. If you worship Kynareth, this is the place to visit and take a moment at.

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5 The Throat Of The World

This list really wouldn't be complete without the highest mountain top in Skyrim, and also in all of Tamriel. It's believed this is through where mankind was sent down to the continent for the first time, as it is closest to the skies and therefore the divines of Skyrim.

The mysterious Greybeards hold their headquarters here, along with Paarthurnax who sits at the top of the mountain. The view to down below is magnificent, and you'll even find rare unmelting snow at the top for you White Phial quest.

4 Ancestor Glade

Another cave filled with flora and fauna, Ancestor Glade just looks incredible with its mysterious rock formations and light pillars that descend from the ceiling. Pools of water crowd around a beautiful pink tree, presumably the cherry kind or something similar.

You'll find this beautiful location just east of Falkreath, and what makes it so special is that it's home to the famous Ancestor Moth. Beware of the cave's natural inhabitants, however, as the Spriggans won't take kindly to visitors.

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3 Forgotten Vale

Those who have the Dawnguard DLC installed will be in for a special treat. Head to north of Markarth to Darkfall Cave, and you'll be able to access the Forgotten Vale, which is a separate area altogether from Skyrim.

You'll come across a beautiful tundra forest with very special and colorful flora and fauna, and then reach a valley surrounded by glaciers and a frozen river and a waterfall. A very special dragon encounter also awaits you in this frozen paradise, dotted with old Snow Elf ruins and even Falmer structures.

2 Sovngarde

Sovngarde is a special location in the sense that it's a dimension outside of physical existence, a place where all Nords go after they have passed. It's then no wonder that this area represents everything that's close to the hearts of Nords, from colorful aurora lights to dark snowy forests and misty tundra paths.

Guided by the ethereal light of the occasional torch, you'll advance to the final part of Skyrim's main quest, but while you're here you might as well admire the view, which is truly unique.

1 Blackreach

Ultimately the most beautiful and best made area in all of Skyrim is without a doubt Blackreach. It's quite a difficult journey to get here, but it's worth every slain Falmer once you arrive. This massive cave holds ancient Dwemer structures and large bioluminescent mushrooms that grow all around you all the way to the ceiling.

Huge waterfalls and underground lakes surround this settlement but tread carefully: a Falmer lurks around every corner and if you don't pay attention you might trip an ancient alarm system and awaken the all feared Dwarven Centurion or even the famous Vulthuryol dragon.

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