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Public-images-osm logo.svg historic = castle
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A fortified building in medieval and modern times
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: In use

Castles are usually residential and often fortified buildings from medieval and modern times.

How to map

Place a node Node at the centre point, or draw a way Area around the outline of the construction. Tag with historic=castle

Tags to use in combination

  • name=Name - name of the site, for example Windsor Castle.
  • castle_type=type - classification of the castle. Currently under discussion. See section below for details
  • wikipedia=name of article - for most of the castles in Central Europe an article in Wikipedia exists. You should tag articles linking to one of the different languages available, e.g.
German: wikipedia=de:Schloss_Pillnitz
English : wikipedia=en:Pillnitz
  • ruins=yes - set this tag when the castle is a ruin, that means if only remains of buildings without roof or at least some walls exist. (don't use historic=ruins anymore).
  • building=* - if the castle is a single building
  • building:condition=* - for a scale of building condition (conservation)


The castle_type=type tag can be used to give a classification of the castle.

For the German Burg and Schloss no proper English counterpart exists, the description and picture should help. The alternative values have been under discussion. There is no Proposal page yet and they have not been voted or agreed upon. The main point of the discussion is whether to break with OSM custom and use precise German/local language tags or to use more general English tags.

Note also that a lot of discussion is taking place in German. You may find useful information (or unhelpful inconsistencies) on the DE:Tag:historic=castle page, from which much of the following was translated.

Table Castle_type

These tags are rendered in the German OSMC_Reitkarte and the Historymap
The tagging should be based on the current state of the building as perceived on site today.

Key Value Description Map icon Ruin icon Example
castle_type defensive Defensive castle. Fortified, defensible dwelling or military stronghold Castle defensive.png
Ruin defensive.png
castle_type palace A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop.
Schloss Charlottenburg
castle_type stately Stately home. Representative building without functional defenses. Sometimes rebuilt from former defensive structures. Castle stately.png
Ruin stately.png
Schloss Oranienbaum
castle_type manor A manor house is a country house which was historically the capital residence or messuage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor. Castle type manor.png
Manor ruins.png
Schloss Garzau
castle_type fortress Fortress. Heavily fortified structure with military use. Castle fortress.png
Ruin fortress.png
Festung Marienberg
castle_type castrum Roman fort Castle roman.png Porta Praetoria (Nachbau)
castle_type shiro Shiro a Japanese castle. When "shiro" is used in a name, it is usually read as "jo". Pictured is Himeji-jo - Himeji Castle.
Himeji Castle
castle_type kremlin A kremlin is a major fortified central complex found in historic Russian cities.
Weliki Nowgorod

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

Similar tags

  • Use historic=fort for constructions with defense as primary function
  • Use historic=archaeological_site and
    site_type=fortification for some castles which have completely vanished or of which only little visible remains exist like ramparts, moats or some stones. Also to use with prehistoric and early medieval ramparts.


For proposed icons see the ones at the table above.

See also

Talk-de Roman Grabolle Thu, 11 Sep 2008 14:56