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Best Minecraft cities

The best Minecraft cities, from those inspired by real-world locations like Tokyo and Chicago, to fantasy cities such as King's Landing.

A city skyline from one of the biggest Minecraft cities maps available to download and explore.

What are the best Minecraft cities? Minecraft is full of jaw-dropping builds, it’s one of the best building games there is, and it seems that its community’s creativity knows no bounds. Lots of Minecraft cities have been popping up, available for anyone to download and explore.

Creators have brought their favorite shows, games, and films to life through incredible creations for one of the best PC games. There has been a Minecraft Hogwarts map, The Titanic, and even a recreation of Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth. It’s no wonder some of the best Minecraft cities are based on iconic locations, such as Gotham and King’s Landing, and are now available to explore in the crafting game, alongside those inspired by bustling real-life destinations like Sydney and Seattle.

Here are some of the coolest Minecraft cities you can download and explore:

Three run down, office block buildings in an abandoned Minecraft city.

Abandoned city

This gorgeous abandoned city by Viator on Reddit might have been built from predominantly grey blocks, but it still oozes color, vibrance, and – surprisingly – life thanks to the lush green flora covering its derelict buildings. It’s hard to show you the extent of what’s waiting for you in an image, so take a look at the video over on Reddit, which shows the inside of a desolate mall, shattered walls, and lonely streetlights in the light of day and the dull glow of a rainy night. There’s something quite romantic about being the only person roaming around a deserted, overgrown city in the rain.

This isn’t an open map to explore, but might inspire the desire to build your own The Last of Us-like, post-apocalyptic city in Minecraft. 

Minecraft cities - Mattupolis looks a lot like Chicago from the air.


Mattupolis is an ever-growing stream of skyscrapers and intricately designed bustling streets. Creator Matias draws inspiration from Seattle and Vancouver with his desire to connect urban environments and natural scenery. Mattupolis is an oasis of high-rise towers, districts with distinct feels, and even landmarks you can marvel at, such as the Seattle Space Needle.

Minecraft cities - Greenfield is a modern city with cranes and high-rise towers.


Greenfield by The Jestr is one of the largest cities in Minecraft, and the most extensive too. You can spend ages wandering through the different areas from the financial district to the city port brimming with containers. There’s incredible city detail in Greenfield from cramped residential houses, to a skyline of cranes, and a maze of trains.

Minecraft cities - King's Landning, complete with the towering castle in the middle and coastal shores beyond the city walls.

King’s Landing

If you’re missing Game of Thrones, or want a chance to relive the epic fantasy, this King’s Landing map by WesterosCraft is a replica of the city hosting the Iron Throne. It includes all the landmarks you’d expect from The Great Sept of Baelor to The Red Keep. So, you can wander the streets of King’s Landing without all the maiming and bloodshed the series is known for.

Minecraft cities - the coastal town of Novigrad in Minecraft.


This Novigrad-inspired town by ElysiumFire might not be the slick urban sprawl of other Minecraft cities in this list. However, with its impressive architecture, tight alleyways, and medieval red-roofed buildings, it’s still a glorious sight to behold in blocky vision. Novigrad is a homage to The Witcher 3, although not an exact replica, it does embody the vibrancy and medieval feel of this extended fishing village, complete with a cathedral and port.

Minecraft cities - Sayama City is a Japanese-inspired location with Mojang advertisements.

Sayama City

This modern Japanese city has been in construction for years and has been the most widely talked about Minecraft city due to its absurd attention to detail. When images were first released of Sayama City by SayamaCityProject, we were astounded by its realism and how well it captures the aesthetic of Japanese cities, inspired by locations such as Tokyo and Osaka.

We’ll continue to explore Minecraft cities and update you with the best cities out there. You can also check out other impressive Minecraft builds, as well as some of the best maps in Minecraft, if you’re looking for some peace away from the big city life.