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Public-images-osm logo.svg tower:type = observation
Prochenberg Aussichtsturm.jpg
Observation tower Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Tower observation.svg
Group: man made
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)
Status: de facto

An observation tower is a structure used to observe surroundings and offers a good view.

How to map

Set a node node or draw as an area area along the outline and tag it with

Tags which be used in combination

  • name=* - Name of the tower
  • direction=* - can be used for the field of view, direction=0-360 for full 360° panoramic view
  • tourism=viewpoint - Publicly accessible towers are often also
  • historic=yes - If the watchtower is historical
  • access=yes - Public access possible
  • opening_hours=* - Describes when something is open or closed in a standard format
  • height=* - Height in meters
  • start_date=* - Date when feature opened or the construction of the feature finished
  • heritage=* - Site/building/object registered by an official heritage organisation
  • ele=* - Elevation at the foot of the tower above sea level, in metres
  • disused=yes - when it is no longer used or is blocked
  • step_count=* - can be added to indicate the number of steps, useful especially for cases where number of steps is low and sparse. It indicates in such cases that steps are less significant obstacle than indicated just by their length.

One use of an observation tower is a tower that used to watch for and report forest fire (Tour de surveillance des feux de forêt (fr))

This feature is listed as being used in CanVec in the CanVec: Buildings and structures (BS) feature theme.

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