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Public-images-osm logo.svg tourism = viewpoint
A place worth visiting, often high, with a good view of surrounding countryside or notable buildings. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: tourism
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 place where tourists, visitors, hikers might like to visit and take photographs. A place, often high, with a good view of surrounding countryside or notable buildings. Sometimes called a vista point or scenic area/point, lookout or overlook.

Some are identified by signs, many more can be identified from local knowledge or from your own visit and judgement.

This tag identifies a good view. Interesting objects or buildings themselves should rather be tagged with an appropriate value of tourism=*.

How to map

Set a node node at the viewpoint and add tourism=viewpoint.

Direction of view

Wind rose

The direction of the view may be described by the direction=* tag, either by giving the main direction or the left and right limits (in this order).

direction=W View roughly to the west
direction=S-W View from the south to the west
direction=330-30 Viewing angle of 60 degrees around the north
direction=70-110;250-290 Limited view to the east and west, no view to the north and south
direction=0-360 Panorama view

A map with showing the direction=*-Tag.


name=Beachy Head
description=Views of the English Channel, France can be seen on a clear day
name=Panorama Tower
name=Gęsia Szyja


  • On the OpenStreetMap standard layer as a viewpoint icon with name if set.
  • On OpenTopoMap as a viewpoint icon with correct direction(s).
  • On osmtools for debugging the direction value.

See also