|The destination-key returns the name of a city a road is heading to.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
The key destination=* describes the contents of signposts or ground writing indicating the names of the location that the tagged way is leading to. Thus navigation systems can refer to road signs that the driver actually sees.
|Key variation||Valid for||Description|
||Way||Describes the destination of the complete OSM way. Worthwhile only if used in combination with oneway=yes.|
||Direction||Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.|
||Direction||Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the opposite direction as the way itself.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way. Typically only worthwhile if used in combination with oneway=yes.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.|
||Lane||Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way, running in the opposite direction as the way itself.|
Instead of the key destination, one might also use the relation destination_sign, which is able to provide detailed information about the type and colour(s) of the road sign.
Destinations per lane
- The key changes to destination:lanes=*
- View the road in the direction of the OSM way.
- Add the lane-values to the value, starting with the leftmost lane and ending with the rightmost. Separate each lane-value with a | (vertical bar)
If you want to describe only the lanes of one direction of the road, use either destination:lanes:forward=* or destination:lanes:backward=*. The key destination:lanes:forward=* describes only the direction of the highway on the lanes in the same direction as the OSM way. The key destination:lanes:backward=* describes only the direction of the highway on the lanes in the opposite direction as the OSM way; also view the road in the opposite direction of the OSM way for this.
forward and backwardImportant note: forward=* and destination:backward=*. If you change the direction of the OSM way pay attention also to exchange those destinations-tags, too! JOSM shows (at least since version 3208) a warning message and suggests to exchange destination:forward=* with destination:backward=*.
Just take the text of the signpost or of the ground writing.
This key is only for values which are explicitly indicated on signposts or ground writings.
Where to use?
Use destination=* together with highway=* on pieces of highway after the position of the signpost or ground writing. For details, see also the examples…
Danger of confusion
- It’s only used on motorway-exit-nodes.
- In its key name=* the official name of the exit is told, but in some countries this is on every exit for this junction the same one. So this name may be identical for every exit of this junction and therefore may not give a proper indication of the destination.
Do not mistake with Relation:destination_sign:
- This relation is designed for any sign showing in any direction (very flexible). In principle it would be possible to use the relation for every destination sign, but it brings all drawbacks for relations with it (in opposite to a simple tag like “destination”).
Do not mistake with designation=*:
- It is the official legal classification of a road or path and has nothing to do with the information about where a way goes to. Please don’t confuse to the similar writing.
Do not mistake with direction=*.
The key destination is also used with Relation:waterway — please see there.
Software that uses this feature
destination=* is used in the following navigation apps:
|Signpost||No. Link||Ctry||Tag(s)||Where to tag?||Occurrence||Note|
|430||DE||destination=Berlin||Directly at the highway=motorway_link||Signpost at a motorway entry||Additionally it is possible to set ref=A 2 on the highway=motorway.|
|448||DE||destination=Düsseldorf-Benrath||At the following highway=motorway_link||Signpost at motorway junctions||Additionally it is possible to set ref=26 on the highway=motorway_junction.|
|332||DE||destination=Mainz;Wiesbaden||At the following highway=motorway_link||Signpost at motorway exits||Multiple destinations are separated with a semicolon.|
|DE||destination:lanes=Oberhausen;Düsseldorf;Köln-Nord|Oberhausen;Düsseldorf;Köln-Nord|Oberhausen;Düsseldorf;Köln-Nord|K-Zentrum|Olpe;Gummersbach||At the highway=motorway directly after the signpost||Signpost at motorways|
|At the highway=motorway directly after the signpost||Signpost at motorways|
Source of some images: sicherestrassen.de
- Explanation of how to determine the forward / backward direction of a way.
- The Article Lanes explains the
- The relation destination_sign may provide detailed information about the type and colour(s) of the road sign
- Proposal for sub-keys to provide additional information like reference, country, special signs/icons, more than one language
- Discussion@wiki Discussion about right to exist in Germany and situation in US
- Discussion in the mailing list talk-de
- Signposts in Germany