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Is the Attack on Titan city inspired by a real city?

Giant cities, fun characters with a mysterious past, and of course, huge monsters, it was a certainty that the famous Shingeki no Kyojin manga was going to be adapted into an anime series. The walled towns that you see in Attack on Titan are incredibly beautiful, with their orange rooftops and medievalesque style, but do these towns exist in real life? You will be happy to know that yes, they do exist! Well, almost, as they are not exact replicas but rather what inspired the AoT’s designers in the first place. So without further ado, let’s take a tour!

The Nördlingen walls of Bavaria, Germany

If you were looking for the town that inspired Attack on Titan, then look further no more, Nördlingen is your dream destination! This gothic town was built in 1215 and was once owned by the Holy Roman Empire. What’s even more impressive, is that 15 million years ago, a meteorite would have hit Nördlingen’s location. This left a crater in which lied more than 72 000 tons of micro-diamonds.

Like in Attack on Titan, the rooftops are a bit orange, a bit brown, and you can get a pretty good view of it all by climbing the amazing Daniel Tower. Once you’re at the top, you will really feel like you are living in the Attack on Titan anime!

Finally, know that the german walled town is very small and has a population of only 20 000 people. Visitors are always welcomed, as long as you don’t plan on destroying the walls of Nördlingen.

Carcassonne, the World Heritage town of Languedoc-Roussillon, France

This 12-century town was built during the Gallo-Roman era. In the center of the city, a huge castle named the Chateau Comtal oversees the town’s walls. Moreover, this town is much bigger than the previous one, with over 40 000 people living in it.

One of the most interesting features of Carcassonne is the colorful cone-shaped rooftops of the different towers that are linking the walls together. If you ever have the chance to travel to France, know that you can get a guided tour to see the inner ramparts around this magnificent place.

Additionally, it is worth mentioning that Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage location so this is the main reason why it is so well-preserved.

The Fantasy Castle of Burghausen, Germany

To complete our top 3 towns that look like the city in Attack on Titan, here’s another German location that’s very popular with tourists every year. The Burghausen Castle is known to be the longest castle complex in the world as it is 1051 long. The latter is located on a hilltop and you could swear that a dragon is about to fly by at any second.

Furthermore, many important sections of the town were rebuilt and restored, such as the Parish Church that was completely destroyed during World War II. That being said, the history of Burghausen dates back a lot further than that. The walls surrounding this old town from Germany are from the 1100s and the structures are still the originals from back then!

Similar to Nördlingen, the Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria) town is not very big. There are about 20 000 people living there, but it is a very welcoming place if you ever have a chance to visit.


Who created Attack on Titan?

Attack on Titan, or Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. He recently completed the manga’s story on April 9th, 2021, with the 139th chapter.

Who made the Attack on Titan anime?

The anime of Attack on Titan is mainly developed by Wit Studio for 3 first seasons. That being said, the 4th season was developed by another studio called MAPPA.

What’s the story behind the hit anime Attack on Titan?

To put it simply, you follow a bunch of military students that live inside the confined walls of the last remaining human civilization. The walls were made to protect humans from the giant Titans, which are human-like scary monsters who eat people.

This civilization is divided into 3 walls which are called Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. Of course, the people living in the center are less at risk, since they are living so far from any danger. These are basically the rich people, while poor people and farmers live within the last wall of defense.

For the characters, the story mainly focuses on Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackermann, and Armin Arlelt. Their town gets destroyed and they seek refuge within the next wall (Wall Rose). Eren doesn’t know anything about his past and father and is trying to find the answers through many perilous adventures with the help of his friends.

What are the names of the cities we see in the series Attack on Titan?

First and foremost, the main location is called Paradis Island and houses 3 walls as we mentioned earlier. Here are the different districts, towns, and locations found within each wall:

Wall Maria

  • Shiganshina District
  • Titan Forest

Wall Rose

  • Utopia District
  • Karanes District
  • Trost District
  • Krolva District
  • Ragako
  • Dauper
  • Jinae
  • Utgard Castle
  • Reiss Chapel

Wall Sheena

  • Stohess District
  • Ehrmich District
  • Yarckel District
  • Orvud District
  • Mitras
  • Underground

How many towns there are in Attack On Titan?

Within the 3 main Walls, there are a total of 13 cities and many smaller towns, and other important locations such as the Titan Forest for example. Additionally, it is discovered later on that there is another civilization outside of the walls that have been surviving against the Titans.

How big is the city in Attack On Titan?

The walls are 50 meters high, and the total size of human-occupied land is about as big as France. Within Wall Maria, it was calculated that the human territory is 723,822 km² and 453,646 km² for Wall Rose’s territory.


We hope this answered all of your questions about the districts and the cities within the walls of Attack on Titan. You can now plan your next trip and visit one of the walled towns we mentioned.

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