Key:destination

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Description
The key destination describes the content of signposts or ground writing indicating the names of the locations that the tagged way is heading to.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Status: Unspecified

The key destination=* describes the content of signposts or ground writing indicating the names of the locations that the tagged way is heading to. Thus navigation systems can refer to road signs that the driver actually sees.

Keys

Key variation Valid for Description
destination Way Describes the destination of the complete OSM way. Worthwhile only if used in combination with oneway=yes.
destination:forward Direction Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.
destination:backward Direction Describes the destination of all lanes of the OSM way, running in the opposite direction as the way itself.
destination:lanes Lane Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way. Worthwhile only if used in combination with oneway=yes.
destination:lanes:forward Lane Describes the destination of each lane of the OSM way, running in the same direction as the way itself.
destination:lanes:backward 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

For details about the :lanes-extension, see Main article: Lanes.

Often the destinations of a road differ from lane to lane. To specify those for every lane, destination:lanes=* is used. To tag a way with different destinations for each lane we do the following:

If the way is oneway=yes, then:

  • Use the key destination:lanes=*.
  • Visualize 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 the way has both directions, then:

  • To describe the lanes in the direction of the OSM way use destination:lanes:forward=*. Visualize the road in the direction of the OSM way.
  • To describe the lanes in the opposite direction of the OSM way use destination:lanes:backward=*. Visualize the road in the opposite direction of the OSM way.
Automatic Tag Correction in JOSM

forward and backward

Important note: If an entry and an exit share one OSM way, because they're not build separated, tag the destinations with destination: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=*.

Value

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

Do not mistake with highway=motorway_junction:

  • 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:

Examples

Signpost No. Link Ctry Tag(s) Where to tag? Occurrence Note
Schild Nr. 430 430 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.
Schild Nr. 448 448 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.
Schild Nr. 332 332 DE destination=Mainz;Wiesbaden At the following highway=motorway_link Signpost at motorway exits Multiple destinations are separated with a semicolon.
BAB3 Koelner Ring bild2.jpg 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
S1 Knoten Eibesbrunn Wegweiser.jpg AT destination:lanes=Brno;Poysdorf;Mistelbach|Brno;

Poysdorf;Mistelbach;Graz;Wien|Graz;Wien

At the highway=motorway directly after the signpost Signpost at motorways

Source of some images: sicherestrassen.de

See also