List of city nicknames

From Academic Kids

This partial list of city nicknames compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities are sometimes known by, officially and unofficially, to locals, outsiders or their tourism boards.



There are some common types of city nicknames.

Agricultural or Industrial Capitals

Many cities have nicknames which claim that the international or, less commonly, the national or regional capital of a particular industry, hobby or other phenomenon, especially the agricultural production of a certain plant. These include:

Self-proclaimed Capitals of the World

Many cities and towns (particularly in North America) claim to be a "Capital of the World" of a certain subject or other item. These nicknames are usually based on the city's cultural heritage or history. Here is an incomplete list of those cities.

Former Maryland businessman Bill Rau has authored a guidebook (America's Capitals: U.S. and Canadian Towns with World Class Names, published by Side Roads Publishing Company of Takoma Park, Md.) which catalogs North America's "world capitals."


Some cities take nicknames based on an industry, invention or other phenomenon which allegedly arose there. These include:

Comparative nicknames

Some cities have nicknames which refer to other cities with established reputations. For example, a city might bill itself as the "Athens of the North" to establish a link with the major cultural contributions of Athens, Greece.

'Venice of the ...'

Many places have been described as the Venice of the North, Venice of the South, Venice of the East or Venice of the West, after Venice in Italy:







Hong Kong



Middle East

By Specific River

Also, the country name of Venezuela means "little Venice".

There is Venice of America in Los Angeles, which is modeled on Venice, Italy, and includes a canal district. There is also Venise-en-Québec, Quebec.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is also identified as "Venice of America", with more than 300 miles of inland, navigable waterways, and one of the highest per capita boat ownership rates in the US.

Folk heroes

The American folk hero Paul Bunyan, and his blue ox Babe, have at least three towns vying for being considered his homeland. These include Bemidji, Minnesota, Brainerd, Minnesota and Westwood, California.

Complete list

Cities in Argentina

Cities in Australia

Cities in Brazil

Cities in Canada

Cities in China

Cities in Colombia

Cities in the Czech Republic

  • Prague [1] (
    • The Golden City
    • The City of One Hundred Spires
    • The Heart of Europe
    • The Rome of the North
  • Ostrava
    • The Steel Heart of the Republic (historically)

Cities in Denmark

  • Århus
    • The World's Smallest Metropolis

Cities in Egypt

Cities in Finland

Cities in France

Cities in Germany

  • Berlin
    • Spree-Athens (Spree river)
    • The Grey City ("die graue Stadt")
    • The Parted City (during Berlin's partition; "die geteilte Stadt")
    • The Parvenue City (during its rise to international importance around 1900)
  • Bremen
    • Key to the World (der Schlüssel zur Welt)
  • Dresden
    • Elbflorence (because of the Elbe river)
  • Frankfurt
    • Mainhattan (because of the Main river and the skyline)
    • Bankfurt
  • Hamburg
    • Gateway to the World (das Tor zur Welt)
  • Husum
    • The Grey Town at the sea (die graue Stadt am Meer)
  • Munich (München)
    • Village of a million inhabitants (Millionendorf)
    • Cosmopolitan City with Heart (Weltstadt mit Herz)

Cities in Guatemala

Cities in Hungary

Cities in India

Cities in Iran

Cities in the Republic of Ireland

Cities in Israel

Cities in Italy

  • Alba, Italy
    • City of a Hundred Towers
  • Anagni
    • City of Popes
    • City of the Slap
  • Ancona
    • Doric City
    • Princess of the Adriatic
  • Aosta, Italy
    • Rome of the Alps
  • Aquileia
    • Rome of the North
  • Asolo
    • City of a Hundred Horizons
  • Bari
    • Small Paris
  • Bergamo
    • City of Garibaldi's Thousand
  • Bitonto
    • City of Olives
  • Bologna
    • The Fat One (because it's well renowned for its many gourmet treats)
    • The Learned One (because it hosts the oldest university in the world)
    • The Red One (because it's the traditionally communist stronghold in the country)
  • Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
    • The Door to the Dolomites (wherever in the world)
    • Vineyard city (in the German-speaking countries)
    • City of Walther (von der Vogelweide, in the German-speaking countries)
    • Capital of the Christmastime (in Italy)
    • Capital of the Speck (tipical and famous ham from South Tyrol, in the countries in which Speck is known)
    • The German one (because it's the capital city of the region it's most populated by German-speaking people, in Italy)
    • Sentinel of Italy (antiquated and nationalist, in Italy)
  • Bordighera
    • City of Palms
  • Brescia
    • Lioness of Italy
  • Caccamo, Italy
    • Carthage of Sicily
  • Caltanissetta
    • City of Sulphum
  • Caserta
    • Versailles of Italy
  • Catanzaro
    • Eagles Nest
  • Cherasco
    • City of Peace
  • Chieti, Italy
    • The Aerial City
  • Empoli
    • Granary of Tuscany
  • Fabriano
    • City of Paper
  • Faenza
    • City of Pottery
  • Feltre
    • The Small City of Big Men
  • Florence
    • Athens of Italy
    • City of Lilies
  • Gaeta
    • Venice of the Tyrrhenian
  • Genoa
    • The Superb
  • Grado
    • Mother of Venice
  • Gubbio
    • City of Silence
  • Jesi
    • City of Silk
  • L'Aquila
    • City of Frederick II
  • Lecce
    • Athens of Apulia
  • Legnano, Italy
    • Bethlehem of Italy
  • Lugo
    • Mother of the Italian Flag
  • Matera
    • Underground City
  • Messina
    • Rebirthing City
  • Milan
    • City with heart in a hand
    • Drinkable City
    • Factory of the Future
    • The Fashion Capital of the World
    • The Moral Capital of Italy
  • Montagnana
    • Embattled City
  • Naples
    • Capital of the South
  • Rome
    • Capital of the World (Caput Mundi)
    • City of Cats
    • City of Love
    • The City of the Seven Hills
    • The Eternal City
  • Rovereto
    • Bulwark of Italy
  • San Gimignano
    • The Towered City
  • Sanremo
    • City of Dreams
  • Savona
    • The Most Faithful One
  • Schio
    • Manchester of Italy
  • Sirmione
    • Flower of Italy
  • Susa
    • The Birthplace of the House of Savoy
  • Taranto
    • City of the two Seas
  • Terni
    • City of Weapons
  • Tivoli
    • City of Delights
  • Todi
    • City of Mars
  • Trento
    • Daughter of Rome
  • Turin
    • Capital of the Alps
    • The First Capital of Italy
    • The Regal City
  • Udine
    • Capital of the Great War
  • Venice
    • Bride of the Sea
    • Queen of the Adriatic
    • The Most Serene One
  • Ventimiglia
    • City of Flowers
  • Volterra
    • City of Wind and Boulders

Cities in Japan

Cities in Lebanon

Cities in Malaysia

Cities in Mexico

Cities in the Netherlands

Cities in New Zealand

Cities in Peru

Cities in the Philippines

Cities in Poland

Note: in Polish it's mostly the inhabitants who are nicknamed rather than the cities

Cities in Portugal

  • Braga
    • City of the Bishops
  • Lisbon
    • City With a Future
    • White City
  • Oporto
    • The Invincible

Cities in Puerto Rico

(note: almost every city in Puerto Rico has a nickname)

Cities in Romania

Cities in Russia

Cities in Serbia

Cities in South Africa

Cities in Spain

Cities in Sweden

Cities in Switzerland

Cities in Thailand

Cities in the United Kingdom

Cities in the United States


Academic Kids Menu

  • Art and Cultures
    • Art (
    • Architecture (
    • Cultures (
    • Music (
    • Musical Instruments (
  • Biographies (
  • Clipart (
  • Geography (
    • Countries of the World (
    • Maps (
    • Flags (
    • Continents (
  • History (
    • Ancient Civilizations (
    • Industrial Revolution (
    • Middle Ages (
    • Prehistory (
    • Renaissance (
    • Timelines (
    • United States (
    • Wars (
    • World History (
  • Human Body (
  • Mathematics (
  • Reference (
  • Science (
    • Animals (
    • Aviation (
    • Dinosaurs (
    • Earth (
    • Inventions (
    • Physical Science (
    • Plants (
    • Scientists (
  • Social Studies (
    • Anthropology (
    • Economics (
    • Government (
    • Religion (
    • Holidays (
  • Space and Astronomy
    • Solar System (
    • Planets (
  • Sports (
  • Timelines (
  • Weather (
  • US States (


  • Home Page (
  • Contact Us (

  • Clip Art (
Personal tools