A few days ago I stumbled over a map which had beautifully rendered, detailed topographic tiles of the whole world. It was similar to google-physical with a strong contrast (shadow/light) and contour-lines. I do believe it was not from a commercial provider like ArcGIS but an open platform (Not sure though). I stumbled over it in relation to a search for openlayers. Unfortunately I missed to bookmark the site, I can't find the link in my history anymore. Does anyone know what I'm mumbling about or could post examples of topographic tiles which fit the description?

This question is very similar to what I'm looking for (And much better worded), but it's 2 years old and partly outdated

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    OpenCycle (OSM Based) Landscape Terrain opencyclemap.org/… look up your history in your browser to find the url you were looking at. – Mapperz Oct 16 '14 at 16:13
  • Thanks, but it's been a few days and i've visited hundreds of links in the meanwhile, the link is lost in the noise (Or maybe i've just dreamed it :-)) – Christian Benke Oct 16 '14 at 21:51
  • @Mapperz looks like you brought me on the right track - i believe what i saw was the landscape-tiles from thunderforest.com/landscape - i saw it used somewhere else but i'm pretty sure it's the same :-) You can add that as an answer if you want those internet-points! – Christian Benke Oct 16 '14 at 22:16

OpenCycle (OSM Based) Landscape Terrain (ThunderForest)

created and all credit goes to Andy Allan http://www.gravitystorm.co.uk/projects/

"The Thunderforest Platform is the 4th major revision of the systems that powers OpenCycleMap."

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See the tiles here around Sagarmāthā & Chomolungma (Mount Everest)


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*but seek pricing and authorized access [Free for a 'Hobby Project']


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