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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = shelter
Réunion Maïdo kiosque pique-nique.JPG
A small structure for protection against bad weather conditions Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
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 factoPage for proposal

The tag amenity=shelter is used to map several kinds of [W] shelter: a small structure designed to protect against bad weather conditions.[1]

How to map

Add a node node or area area where the shelter is located, and add the amenity=shelter tag to it.

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

Tags used in combination

To map whether a feature provides shelter, the key shelter=* is used, e.g. for a bus stop, it is also possible to use highway=bus_stop + shelter=yes

Alternative rendering for bus shelter

This is a rendering proposal for your own map:

Bus stop shelter symbol.svg

16px: Bus stop shelter symbol.svg

32px: Bus stop shelter symbol.svg

Rendering / Maps

Online maps highlighting shelters and providing additional information like photos, descriptions etc.

  • sheltermap global, POIs from OSM, photos from Wikimedia Commons and Mapillary
  • Refuges.Info global, POIs from OSM rendered in map, overlay POIs, photos and detailed infos entered at the site – most content in France and Alps
  • ODS/OutdoorSeiten.net focussed on Germany and Alps, showing only POIs, photos and detailed infos entered at the site
  • outdoor-karte.de global, POIs from OSM, photos and detailed infos entered at the site – most content in Germany

See also

  • covered=* – A property to denote if an object is covered by something
  • tourism=alpine_hut – Alpine hut, where you can eat and sleep
  • tourism=wilderness_hut – Wilderness hut, unserviced, but with an internal fireplace
  • building=barn – An agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace
  • building=cabin – A small, roughly built house typically found in rural areas
  • building=hut – A small and crude shelter
  • building=shed – A small, simple structure used as storage or workshop
  • tourism=picnic_site – A locality that is suitable for outdoors eating, with facilities to aid a picnic such as tables and benches
  • leisure=picnic_table – A table with benches for food and rest
  • emergency=assembly_point – A designated (safe) place where employees, passengers or a large crowd assemble in case of an emergency
  • military=bunker – A building reinforced to withstand attack


  1. For shelters in case of disaster or war, see emergency=assembly_point or military=bunker