The city of Solitude, also known as Haafingar, is the home of the famous Bard's College, and one of Skyrim's chief ports. Water-craft from up and down the coast can be found at her crowded quays, loading timber and salted cod for the markets of Wayrest, Anvil, and Senchal. Founded during Skyrim's long Alessian flirtation, the Bards' College continues to flaunt a heretical streak, and its students are famous carousers, fittingly enough for their chosen trade. Students yearly invade the marketplace for a week of revelry, the climax of which is the burning of "King Olaf" in effigy, possibly a now-forgotten contender in the War of Succession. Graduates have no trouble finding employment in noble households across Tamriel, including the restored Imperial Court in Cyrodiil, but many still choose to follow in the wandering footsteps of illustrious alumni such as Callisos and Morachellis.
Solitude was originally designed as the seat of the Imperials in the province of Skyrim. As a result, the architecture was created to reflect the Imperial style from past Elder Scrolls games. The idea of building it on a land bridge came in early on production and remained one of the most unique features of the city.
Guards can go into the sewers through the man holes.
You can take an unlimited number of steel arrows from the soldiers training by the Temple of the Divines (they will shoot the targets repeatedly). Alternatively, you can pickpocket the guards when they are sleeping and take their steel arrows and replace them with any kind of arrow that you would like to collect.
You can actually sneak behind a guard (or at least be 90 degrees away from where they're looking) and shoot them with a bow from afar, they may threaten but they won't approach. This method increases archery and sneak skills. You can earn arrows faster too, killing only the ones roaming I earned 97. If they do approach, they will attack; you can kill them, as long as no other guard sees. If you have already killed him and another guard approaches, just sheathe your weapon. WARNING: Though you may be "HIDDEN", if you are in their line of sight, no matter how far, they will pursue you. It only appears to be effective in this city.
Under solitude near the bridge by the port, theres a small door leading into solitude, which is good for a stealthy entrance in and out of solitude.
(PS3) Solitude may not appear. If Solitude fails to load you have to reinstall the game. Just delete the data and run the game again everything should reinstall properly. Note: This will not delete or ruin your saves.
The Thalmor Headquarters in the keep area does not contain any NPCs, despite there clearly being intention for it to do so. This is likely related to the inability to perform the diplomatic solution for Missing in Action
(360) Many of the NPCs don't appear when first walking into Solitude. Fixed by leaving and re-entering.