VeloMaps now offer the possibility to show 20m contourlines without buildings on PC/Mac/Linux

I updated the VeloMap compilation process to include an option to show 20m contourlines but no buildings. With gmapsupp.img downloads this has been possible now for over a year - however on your PC/Notebook you could only chose to have map without buildings and without contourlines.

Now there are the following choices for the VeloMaps:

  • Map without buildings and without contourlines
  • Map with 20m conturlines without buildings
  • Map with 20m contourliens including buidings
  • Map with 10m contourlines including buildings

Of course you can also install a separate buildings only map, 20m contourlines map and 10m contourlines map if you prefer to create your maps with Garmin MapInstall instead of using the gmapsupp.img downloads

VeloMap Installer Optionsfor 


For Linux - the corresponding mapset files are called mapsetxb* (while mapsetb are the buildings layer only).

I know the disadvantage of the separate buildings layer is that the buildinds are a transparent layer - this has the disadvantage that they are drawn above other objects. As I assume that about 50% of VeloMap users prefer a map without buildings - I put them in a separate layer for the VeloMap. People who want 10m contourlines (except maybe in very flat countries/areas) usually also want buildings so there is no 10m contourlines without buildings option. Each option increases the download sizes and compilation time - so the 4 options are really as much as I can reasonably offer.

For hiking and mountainbiking I think usually buildings are a great addition - so the OpenMTBMaps do not offer the separate buildings but always integrate them into the map.

The Europe continent Velomap from tomorrow will offer this too. Should there be any bugs with the installer - please drop me a message. But I hope I tested any eventuality (plus maps from yesterday or newer now have a bug removed in the "space required" amount which from time to time could show wrong value)


Spring 2022 – Updates for OpenMTBMap and VeloMap over the last months

Since 6 months I have not written an update over what changed for OpenMTBMaps and VeloMaps - so here we go. Compared to the last changes the updates were much more subtle to notice - and that's because most of it has been bugfixes on rather rarely happening problems or just updates to OSM keys/values changing.


Visually there have been two main changes - most recently - labels for alpine huts are now again (some Basecamp/GPS device updates changed this) - visual earlier, also for some peaks the labels now show a bit earlier - peaks and alpine huts are still the most important features for orientation in mountainous areas.:



I reworked the naming of hiking, mtb, or cycling routes - now the most important names go first but more route names won't be dropped if a way is part of two cycle routes for example as here - this was actually really hard to get done nicely by priority - so here the Internation Cycle Netwrok MV - Munich to Venice is first in name, followed by the National Cycle network R3 Innradweg - section Tiroler Unterland. I tried to remove tagging errors/pecularities like the R3 ref being doubled here - but it is not possible to get rid of the double naming in any case (problem here is that the ref is R3, and the name incorrectly R3 Innradweg - instead of only Innradweg):



I just recently added Venezuela and Great Britain and Ireland as new countries. The Great Britain and Ireland map includes the channel islands that were removed from the normal Great Britain and Northern Island map before. Also other outlying islands of Great Britain are included in this map removing the need for using the Europe map.


This week I will update the buildings layer for the VeloMaps - so if you integrate the buildings in Basecamp/PC you will need to update the layer too.


Residential areas were not named with the name of the city they belong to. Now it's quicker to see what city an area belongs to if inside a city.


Other fixes are pretty minor - some examples: add ref to name of emergency access points, bridges on highway=footway (not highway=path) that are part of a hiking route but not part of a cycling or mtb route where not routable. As usually highway=path is used this error was very rare where it mattered. Remove ref from streets in Korea as it caused confusion. Various fixed to the create.... scripts. For some weeks the openmtbmap gmapsupp.img downloads did not have correctly working address search. Improvements for camp sites / caravan sites and their display due to new osm naming schemes. Some improvmeents on housenumbers and address search, remove some crazy tagging of natural=basin in Slovakia that was not following the tagging standards anywhere else. And many other small fixes.