Best Minecraft builds: the coolest constructions you need to see

Keeping your eye out for the finest blocky constructions? Here are some crazy Minecraft mega builds breaking the limits of what's possible to create

On the hunt for the best Minecraft builds for Java and Windows 10 edition? Mojang’s creative sandbox game has been around for over a decade, and in that time dedicated artists and architects have produced a dizzying array of cool builds for your viewing pleasure.

Sampling the best Minecraft builds the game has to offer takes you on an all-inclusive tour of not just this world, but many – just without any food and accommodation. This list will take you to Middle-earth, Tamriel, and even the RMS Titanic to name a few, while still having you home in time for tea. Just as you’ll find in our selection of the best Minecraft seeds and Minecraft skins, this collection has something for every kind of player.

The best Minecraft builds are:

The Imperial Summer Palace best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of the Imperial Summer Palace, including its gardens and ceremonial entrance.

Imperial Summer Palace

The Imperial Summer Palace is based on many of Europe’s most famous buildings, taking inspiration from Schönbrunn Palace, Versailles, and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage. It’s regal, both outside and in, with its gorgeous gardens complementing vast, opulent interiors.

Fallingwater House best Minecraft builds: Frank Lloyd's Fallingwater House recreated in Minecraft, featuring its many sprawling platforms and surrounded by forest and water.

Fallingwater House

It just so happens that one of the most distinctive homes ever constructed suits Minecraft rather well – proved by the many reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s angular creation, Fallingwater. If you need a hand getting to your new water retreat, here’s how to make a boat in Minecraft.

This, by Lilnekochan, may be our favourite interpretation, but then there’s this one by NovocainStain, and the one that Waterijsje made, too.

RMS Titanic best Minecraft builds: A side-profile shot of a replica of the Titanic in Minecraft surrounded by blue sea and sky.

The Titanic

Similarly, there are many Minecraft mega builds of the Titanic out there, including this one built way back in the alpha days of Mojang’s sandbox, but we like this French interpretation the best as it shows off the most colour and detail.

Minas Tirith best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of Minas Tirith from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings as depicted in Peter Jackson's trilogy.

Minas Tirith

For all the real-world architecture that serves as inspiration, there’s plenty in the realm of high fantasy that also tickles the imagination. Take this fantastic Minas Tirith render, for example, which is as beautiful as it is imposing.

It was posted to reddit by u/Cornbass and, as well as their appreciation, the community also proffered their suggestions: “Now set yourself on fire and jump off.”

Middle-earth best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of a port city from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, including ships in the harbour and a sprawling medieval castle.

Minecraft Middle-earth

The only thing that could impress us more would be if someone started work on a Minecraft build that encompassed the whole of Middle-earth itself, all those famous locations from the… wait, what? Are you serious?

Excuse us, we’ve just been informed that this Middle-earth project is underway and, despite it not being unfinished, it’s already one of the best Minecraft servers you can visit.

Westeroscraft best Minecraft builds: A recreation of the city of Sunspear in George R.R. Martin's franchise, A Song of Ice and Fire, including ships in the harbour and the walled city in the distance.

WesterosCraft

No collection of magnificent Minecraft builds would be complete without something inspired by Game of Thrones. Here’s just one small section of the enormous and awe-inspiring WesterosCraft server.

Pictured above is the city of Sunspear, rendered with a particularly attractive and very reflective sea surface. Don’t forget to check out the brilliant work done on King’s Landing in Minecraft, too.

Consilium best Minecraft builds: The dwarven city of Consilium featuring dark stone and red trim, with a long entranceway and stairs leading up to a ceremonial hall.

Consilium

Then there’s the Dwarven City of Consilium, by Creolucis, whose construction is so magnificent that it’s difficult for us to just pick one single picture that shows off just how awesome a Minecraft map it is. It’s not only enormous, but the dictionary definition of grandeur.

Adamantis best Minecraft builds: The fantastical city of Adamantis featuring intricate, white architecture with a domed roof surrounded by mountains.

Adamantis

How does an epic Minecraft mega build of sixty million blocks sound? The boundaries were really pushed back by jamdelaney1, who spent three months creating the expansive city of Adamantis.

This gargantuan metropolis reaches up the side of a hill and is decorated with enormous doors, reflecting pools, and vast colonnades. Sadly, however, it has nothing to do with the 80s new wave artist.

Mage's College of Merida best Minecraft builds: An outdoor area containing a fountain and numerous shrubbery set before the medieval-style college.

Mage’s College of Meridia

Adamantis calls to mind the Mages College of Meridia, a cool Minecraft build put together last year by Block Fortress which took its cues from Skyrim’s College of Winterhold. Perhaps it even out-magics the Minecraft Pottercraft server.

The Shining Maze best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of an extraordinarily complex labyrinth set within a square.

The Shining maze

Why not lose yourself in Minecraft by literally losing yourself? This labyrinth was created by redditor u/Chris-P and is basically a Minecraft maze from The Shining. The hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic couldn’t be recreated, but this is impressive enough as it is.

New Port Notch best Minecraft builds: The skyscrapers and tower blocks of New Port Notch reaching up to the sky, as viewed from the river.

New Port Notch

In recent history, New Port Notch has become one of the most well-known Minecraft projects out there – so much so it spawned its own subreddit. The towering city is the work of just two players: LG193 and ThatDutchLad. It’s so large you’ll need its bespoke subway system just to get around.

Azeroth best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of Orgrimmar, the capital city of the Horde in World of Warcraft, with the focal point being the fortified tower containing the seat of the Horde leader.

Crafting Azeroth

Then there’s Crafting Azeroth, the ongoing project to recreate the entirety of the World of Warcraft in 1:1 scale within Minecraft. It sounds like folly – a madman’s dream, really – but it’s progressing remarkably well and it’s a true triumph of human endeavour.

Mondstadt best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of Genshin Impact's city of Mondstadt, featuring the windmills, Statue of the Seven, and Favonius Cathedral.

Mondstadt

Built on a 1:1.15 scale, this impressive build took the Skyblock Squad over 400 hours to complete. From Mondstadt’s iconic windmills to its monumental Statue of the Seven, this faithful recreation is sure to impress even the most casual Genshin Impact fan. Incredibly, this larger-than-life rendition also includes interior spaces such as the Favonius Cathedral nave and Diluc’s bar, the Angel’s Share.

Starry Night best Minecraft builds: A replica of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night, with the focal point being the tower and eponymous sky.

Starry Night

You don’t have to be an art historian to recognise the inspiration for this particular build. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night is considered by many to be the most beloved painting in the world. You can find it on t-shirts, travel mugs, and bedspreads, so it was only a matter of time before we’d find it in Minecraft too.

In a single month, ChrisDaCow matched each and every one of Van Gogh’s brushstrokes with his own Minecraft texture packs to create this staggeringly faithful replica. Their desire to recreate the famous post-Impressionist 2D painting on a 3D canvas offers a whole new way of looking at this iconic artwork. It’s beautiful, and we have to admit, a little terrifying viewing it in 3D like this. It’s hard not to envision the eponymous starry night as an eldritch horror looming over Van Gogh’s imaginary village.

Elden Ring best Minecraft builds: A representation of a floating island found within The Lands Between, featuring a castle surrounded by scattered debris.

Elden World

Since its release, Elden Ring has elevated the Souls series to mainstream status, ushering in a new wave of fans. SeriousCraft’s Elden World is as much of a love letter as it is a project in its own right. While it is an adventure map first and foremost, it still belongs on this list as an impressive recreation of The Lands Between.

The six-kilometre map boasts over 20 different dungeons, including Stormveil Castle, and even includes its very own Erdtree. If you’re looking to play 15 hours of Elden Ring outside of Elden Ring, this build has got you covered.

H.R. Giger best Minecraft builds: A recreation of the space jockey sitting in his chair on a raised dais.

A tribute to H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger’s iconic biomechanical designs are the bedrock for Ridley Scott’s Alien movie franchise, inspiring books, films, and of course, video games. Everbloom Games, a team of professional master builders, have put together a sprawling tribute to Giger’s work and it’s as unsettling as you can imagine.

Between the vast atriums cloaked in shadow and a fully realised space jockey nestled in its cockpit, these blocky reconstructions manage to capture the spirit of Giger’s work like never before. In space, no one can hear you simp.

Cyberpunk 2077 best Minecraft builds: A view of the skyline of a cyberpunk city, featuring skyscrapers and holograms bathed in neon.

The Cyberpunk Project

While it’s not a one-to-one reproduction, The Cyberpunk Project takes heavy inspiration from Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City, which it gladly wears on its sleeve. Bathed in neon, the skyline of this sprawling metropolis is taken up by towering mega skyscrapers and colossal holograms.

The Cyberpunk Project is the brainchild of Elysium Fire, and is so immense it’s in danger of causing crashes on older rigs. If that doesn’t qualify for top-tier Minecraft mega build status, we don’t know what will.

Novigrad best Minecraft builds: An aerial shot of a medieval city loosely based on Novigrad from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, including a castle and a harbour.

Novigrad

Elysium Fire is also responsible for another dizzyingly detailed mega build. Like The Cyberpunk Project, Elysium Fire’s Novigrad isn’t a replica of the Novigrad that you may know from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the team takes plenty of inspiration for crafting the build’s medieval streets and elegant castle spires.

We have to admit, as much as we enjoyed exploring its namesake as Geralt of Rivia, this version of Novigrad includes a hand-built harbour that puts its predecessor’s to shame. Make sure you’ve got the best Minecraft shaders installed for a true medieval feast for the eyes.

Hogwarts best Minecraft builds: An external shot of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry as depicted in the Harry Potter film series, including the greenhouse and forest grounds.

Witchcraft and Wizardry

You might not have received your letter in the post, but don’t think that will stop you from attending one of the finest magical institutions in the wizarding world! The Floo Network’s Witchcraft and Wizardry is an adventure build on par with the finest Minecraft mods, granting Minecraft Muggles the chance to become a student at Hogwarts.

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You can take classes and learn spells, but the scale of the build is impressive in its own right. The school grounds are fully accessible, as well as Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade – you can even play Quidditch!

And there you have it, the best Minecraft builds the genius architects of Mojang’s world could rustle up. If you’ve been inspired to start your own server, check out our Minecraft hosting guide to start building with your pals. Alternatively, you can stick to Adventure Mode and stumble upon your own ready-made Minecraft village – just be sure to keep an eye out for the many mobs roaming the land. If you fall afoul, you may need the Minecraft recovery compass to retrieve your lost items.