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On this page you can find the rarely used points of interest, which are in relation with mapping railway stations. The list is constantly being updated by the OSM-Community and therefore it is always up-to-date. The aim is to reflect the guidelines for modeling real features. We are thankful for any annotations and comments: MENTZ Kontakt

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Points of Interest in OSM

Taginfo shows how often the certain tags are used


This page should provide an overview about the POIs, which are used in OSM. By clicking on an element (POI-Tag) ,a detailed description, the most common application and the possible combinations with other tags will be shown.


On the top right is always an information box, where the most important elements of a feature can be found.

Below is a list with tags, which are usually being combined with the feature. Furthermore we can see, if the POI should be used as a node, way, closed way (area=yes) or as a relation. Finally it is also stated, if the POI is accepted.

It is possible, that some tags are automatically implicated. An Anliegerstraße has always additional tags, e.g. foot=*, bicycle=* und access=*). Other useful additional tags like the street name (name=*) or oneway streets (oneway=*) are suggested as well.

The possibilites of adding more tags is unlimited, but for every element the most useful tags have enforced in the community. In our example with the street, the tags (maxspeed=*), (lanes=*) and (surface=*) have enforced.



This is used as a place that produces or processes customised goods. See the page Crafts for more information on the usage of these tags.

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This is used to describe the location of emergency facilities and equipment. See the page Emergency for an introduction on its usage.

Medical Rescue

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Other Stations

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Assembly point

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Other Structure

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This is used to describe various historic places. For example: archeological sites, wrecks, ruins, castles and ancient buildings. See the page titled Historic for an introduction on its usage.

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
historic aircraft node area A decommissioned aircraft which generally remains in one place
Historic aircraft monki.JPG
historic aqueduct way area A historic structure to convey water
Pont Du Gard.JPG
historic archaeological_site node area A place in which evidence of past activity is preserved
Dscf0105 600.jpg
historic battlefield node area The site of a battle or military skirmish in the past. This could be on land or at sea.
Fort Donelson river battery (1).jpg
historic boundary_stone node A historic boundary stone usually found along the way.
Boundary stone St Brelade and St Peter, Jersey.jpg
historic building node area If it's not clear what type a historic building has, it can be tagged as a generic building.
historic cannon node A historic/retired cannon. Usually found at on forts or battlefields.
Muzzle loading cannons at the Swedish Naval Museum (6648150909).jpg
historic castle node area Castles are (often fortified) buildings from medieval and modern times. Other languages
Dscf0226 600.jpg
historic castle_wall way area A defensive wall (fortification) surrounding the bailey of a castle.
City wall render eg1.png
Delitzsch Stadtmauer.jpg
historic church node A building with historical value for Christian religious activities, particularly for worship services.
Sant Vasily cathedral in Moscow.JPG
historic city_gate node area A city gate (or town gate) is a gate within a city wall.
City gate-14.svg
Spaarnwouder- of Amsterdamse poort.jpg
historic citywalls way area A defensive wall is a fortification used to protect a city or settlement from potential aggressors.
City wall render eg1.png
Delitzsch Stadtmauer.jpg
historic farm node area A historical farm, kept in it's original state.
historic fort node area A military fort – distinct from a castle as it is generally more modern
Historic fort.svg
Komárom Fortress 03.jpg
historic gallows node relation A structure designed for capital punishment by hanging.
historic highwater_mark node A marker for indicating past flood.
Hochwassermarke Schwaebisch Gmuend 1912.jpg
historic locomotive node area A decommissioned locomotive which generally remains in one place.
Ambarawa locomotief.jpg
historic manor node area Historic manors / mansions
Gut Panker Herrenhaus.jpg
historic memorial node area Much like a monument, but smaller. Might range from a WWII memorial to a simple plate on a wall.
historic mine node area Abandoned underground mine workings for minerals such as coal or lead.
historic mine_shaft node area Vertical shafts of a historic mine
historic milestone node A historic marker that shows the distance to important destinations.
Jt meilenstein.jpg
historic monastery node area An historic monastery. See Also amenity=monastery.
Malbork Zamek Wysoki kruzganek.jpg
historic monument node area A memorial object, wich is especially large (one can go inside, walk on or through it) or high enough (see the examples), built to remember, show respect to a person or group of people or to commemorate an event. Other languages
historic optical_telegraph node area Historic optical telegraph
historic pillory node A construction designed to immobilitate and humiliate a person who was convicted in lower courts.
Kirchberg pranger.jpg
historic railway_car node area A decommissioned railway car which generally remains in one place.
historic ruins node area Remains of structures that were once complete, but have fallen into partial or complete disrepair. If the type of original structure is known or apparent it can be described using ruins=*, e.g. ruins=castle.

Alternative tagging is historic=castle, ruins=yes.
See the proposal and discussion at Proposed features/ruins for ruins of historic buildings.

historic rune_stone node A runestone is typically a raised stone with a runic inscription.
U 240, Lingsberg.JPG
historic ship node area A decommissioned ship or submarine
Aurora Cruiser Museum StPetersburg.JPG
historic tomb node area Historic tomb
historic tower node area Historic tower
historic tree_shrine node A single tree of a religious figure mounted onto a tree. Use natural=tree + historic=wayside_shrine instead.
Tree Shrine - Giritzer, Mautern an der Donau, Österreich - 02.JPG
historic wayside_cross node area A historical (usually christian) cross. Frequently found along the way in Southern Germany, Austria and probably elsewhere.
historic wayside_shrine node area A historical shrine often showing a religious depiction. Frequently found along the way in Southern Germany, Austria and probably elsewhere.
Wayside shrine.svg
2003-10-11 tanner moor 36.JPG
historic wreck node area Nautical craft that has unintentionally been sunk or destroyed.
historic yes node area Used to add the historic significance of the objects described by other tags.
historic user defined node area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

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