Searching for the best Minecraft builds? Map makers in Minecraft continue to impress, recreating landmarks and locations from reality and fiction in extraordinary detail, and making their own epic worlds for players to explore. After ten years of building, the standard has gotten ludicrously high, to the point that there are now even professional Minecraft builders.
To save previous construction time, this list selects some of the best Minecraft build ideas that you can dig into right away. Whether it’s Mondstadt from Genshin Impact, Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, Novigrad from The Witcher, or Azeroth from World of Warcraft, every single Minecraft build on this list bring its location to life with countless double chests full of blocks.
Whether you want to visit these locations for inspiration, or just to marvel at the universes players have created, treat this list like a Minecraft tourism guide. The team responsible for each of the chosen builds is also listed alongside their work, so check out their profiles if you like what they do! Here are the best Minecraft builds.
City of Mondstadt
For those who enjoy both Genshin Impact and Minecraft, SkyBlock Squad’s recreation of the city of Mondstadt from the game’s first region is a real treat. Though slightly larger in scale than the original, this rendition of the city of wind is beautifully detailed, and even has fleshed out interiors for many of the buildings. The Cathedral of Favonius, in-particular, feels epic.
Breath of the Wild
This massive Breath of the Wild inspired Minecraft map is an ongoing project by Dinaeh. They’ve built the whole map, complete with each region. You can see the desert area to the southwest, the icy north, the green valleys in the middle, and of course the bubbling volcano in the northeast. Breath of the Wild is obviously lovely to look at, and it’s just as neat to see it recreated inside Minecraft.
Ever thought it would be fun to play Minecraft and Warcraft together? Crafting Azeroth is a full-scale replica of the World of Warcraft’s setting, including the two continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms as well as the newer contintents of Outland and Northrend. The map was created through heavily automated processes and custom software developer by its creator.
WesterosCraft was one of the first Minecraft builds I ever downloaded, and it blew my mind. A colossal undertaking, recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones, it currently has over 300 cities and is still growing to this day. It’s a stunning build, and I’ve linked the team’s cinematic tour of King’s Landing above to convince you to check it out.
Many of the Minecraft builds on this list have been created by huge teams of people, but the detailed fantasy city Adamantis was created by one builder, jamdelaney1, and took just three months work. This sprawling city is chock-a-block with natural springs, aqueducts, walkways, bridges, and an open temple that looks over a cliff—very impressive work.
Someone should give this team official planning permission because Greenfield is one heck of a well-structured city. Greenfield is designed on a 1:1 scale and features thousands of unique buildings with fully kitted out interiors. The download page description says that the team are only 20% done with their overall vision, which is ridiculously ambitious seeing as Greenfield is already one of the biggest Minecraft cities to date.
A Tribute to H.R. Giger
If you’re after a darker, more ominous place to explore, check out Everbloom Games’ A Tribute to H.R. Giger, a Minecraft build that recreates the dark, biomechanical art of H.R. Giger. There are exoskeleton horrors embedded in the walls, and a giant industrial human face looms down from the top of the structure, making it the perfect break from the tropical islands and fantasy cities featured in the rest of this Minecraft builds list.
I wasn’t sure which screenshot of this build to choose because Novigrad looks stunning from every angle. As a heads up, this isn’t the city from The Witcher 3, but ElysiumFire’s own fantasy city—but maybe CD Projekt Red should ask the team for some help when they next return to the series.
Witchcraft and Wizardry
This Minecraft build isn’t just a detailed recreation of Hogwarts, Witchcraft and Wizardry created by The Floo Network is a fully-fledged Harry Potter RPG built inside Minecraft, all against the pixel backdrop of the iconic locations from the movies and books. Make sure to watch the trailer above to see how it all works.
ElysiumFire is back on this list with their take on a Cyberpunk city, with inspirations taken from Cyberpunk 2077’s very own Night City. This build checks every box for a futuristic city. There are mega skyscrapers, eye-melting neon signs, a giant virtual phoenix—it’s got the lot. However, before you download it beware! ElysiumFire notes that this build is extremely heavy and may crash your game or even might break your PC. Looks like a glimpse into the future has its price.
The Uncensored Library
Not only is The Uncensored Library a stunning Minecraft build, but it also acts as a genuine library inside Minecraft as a clever loophole and safe haven for censored journalism. The virtual library acts as a space for countries where certain press freedoms don’t exist or where selective censorship denies access to certain articles. The Uncensored Library is a perfect example of how Minecraft can be used as a force for good.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world has been transformed into Minecraft’s blocky realm. Middle-earth is one of the longest-running Minecraft building communities launching back in 2010, and the team has recreated some of the fantasy world’s most iconic landscapes and cities. To see just how big this build is, check out the Middle-earth map on its official website.
Eldaria Island was uploaded by Aurelien_Sama nine years ago and it’s still one of the best Minecraft builds to date. This island is a bundle of different biomes complete with volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, caves, dungeons, and so much more. Instead of getting lost in a sprawling city, you can get lost in nature instead.
Meiva – Dance of the Elements
There are some Minecraft screenshots that look so photorealistic it’s uncanny, and Meiva – Dance of the Elements is one of those builds. The centrepieces for this build are it’s two giant volcanos, and the download page has a detailed description of the lore behind the Meiva archipelago that you can delve into if you want to learn more.
Taking inspiration from the creepypasta that features Notch’s fake brother, Herobrine’s Mansion is a monster-filled adventure complete with bosses, secret rooms, and even Herobrine himself lurking somewhere within. An impressive mansion build that is best explored with friends.
Aman, The Immortal Lands
The Aman, The Immortal Lands build stuck out as one of the best Minecraft builds because it’s such a unique take on what a ‘fantasy city’ looks like. The architecture has a fluid roundness to it, which is worlds away from the square rigidness you see in other builds. It took Iskillia one and a half years to build the whole construction and it really shows in the detail.
This Minecraft build of Mount Olympus by the Chaos Olymp team is pretty darn impressive. You can see in the time lapse video above how they really went into detail in terms of building the pillars and structures, and the waterfalls are also a very nice touch. All in all, it certainly inspires a sense of grandeur you’d expect from the home of the gods.