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Prochenberg Aussichtsturm.jpg
Observation tower Edit or translate this description.
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Tower observation.svg
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

An observation tower is a structure used to view events from a long distance and to create a full 360 degree range of vision to conduct the long distance observations.

How to Map

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

If the watchtower is historical, it gets in addition historic=yes.

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.

Caution: some OSM users use this tag to map man made towers at tourism=viewpoint. This practice was not documented.

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