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A basic hut is a small building intended to provide basic shelter and sleeping accommodation. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: amenities
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto


A basic hut is a small building located in the countryside intended to provide basic shelter and sleeping accommodation.

Required properties :

  • Small building in the countryside
  • Fully closed (roof and walls)
  • You will find suitable sleeping places
  • No fireplace nor stove -> if yes it is tagged tourism=wilderness_hut instead.
  • Normally free rent, open to the public
  • No permanent human presence

Some examples:
Bivacco on the italian wikipedia
Biwakschachtel in the german wikipedia



Other useful generic tags :

  • ele=* elevation
  • name=* name
  • capacity=* sleeping capacity
  • description=* fill more information with text
  • operator=* typically used to indicate huts owned or maintained by a specific organisation. E.g. administration of forest or national parks or alpine clubs.
  • access=private the hut is locked and can be used only with permission of the owner.
  • drinking_water=yes If water is available inside (or aside). If there is a drinking_water or spring available at a measurable distance (given your recording method) tag it as a separate point with amenity=drinking_water

When hiking people need water. Consider making sure that all streams, rivers and lakes near the shelter are also mapped.



See Proposed_features/wilderness_mountain_buildings#Rendering.

See also