# Map styles (layers)

FacilMap embeds the map styles of different OpenStreetMap-based services. Different styles present geographic features in a different way and are useful for different purposes.

You can switch the style of the map by clicking on the “Map style” item in the toolbox. The dropdown menu contains three sections:

  1. The first section are so-called “base layers”. These define the main style of the map. Only one base layer can be selected at a time.
  2. The second section are so-called “overlays”. These are shown on top of the base layer to show additional information on the map. Multiple overlays can be shown at the same time.
  3. The third section contains some links to open the current map area on another map service (such as Google Maps). Clicking these links will open a new browser tab.

# Base layers

Base layers set the main style of the map. Only one base layer can be shown at the same time. FacilMap includes the following base layers:

Base layer Source Purpose
Mapnik OpenStreetMap (opens new window) Good for a general geographic overview. Has a focus on car infrastructure and political borders.
TopPlus German state (opens new window) Good for a general geographic overview, with more details than Mapnik. Has a focus on car infrastructure, political borders and topography. Unfortunately all labels are in German.
Map1.eu Map1.eu (opens new window) Has a focus on cities/towns, car infrastructure and political borders. Aims to have the same level of detail as a paper map. Only available for Europe.
OpenTopoMap OpenTopoMap (opens new window) Strong focus on topography, but also shows car and train infrastructure. Shows contour lines at higher zoom levels.
CyclOSM CyclOSM (opens new window) Strong focus on bicycle infrastructure and sign-posted bicycle routes.
OpenCycleMap OpenCycleMap (opens new window) Strong focus on sign-posted bicycle routes. At higher zoom levels, details about cycling infrastructure are shown.
Hike & Bike Map Hike & Bike Map (opens new window) Emphasizes hiking trails and off-road tracks.
Mapnik Water FreieTonne (opens new window) Similar to Mapnik, but emphasizes lakes, rivers and the sea.

Since these base layers are provided by third-party services, it can happen that some of them are unavailable at some point in time. In that case, FacilMap will show Mapnik as a fallback.

If you know of a free service that provides a base layer and think it would be a useful addition to FacilMap, please raise an issue on GitHub (opens new window).

# Overlays

Overlays are additional details that are shown on top of a base layer. Multiple overlays can be shown at the same time. FacilMap includes the following overlays:

Overlay Source Purpose
Public transportation Openptmap (opens new window) Shows train, tram, bus and ferry lines.
Hiking paths Waymarked Trails (opens new window) Shows marked/sign-posted hiking routes.
Bicycle routes Waymarked Trails (opens new window) Shows sign-posted bicycle routes.
Relief Wikimedia (opens new window) Adds hill-shading to the map.
Graticule FacilMap/Leaflet.AutoGraticule (opens new window) Adds a grid of longitude and latitude coordinates to the map.
Sea marks FreieTonne (opens new window) Shows details about light houses, weirs, buoys and many other features relevant for nautical navigation.

If you know of a free service that provides an overlay and think it would be a useful addition to FacilMap, please raise an issue on GitHub (opens new window).