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15 of the best Minecraft builds

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(Image credit: Jamdelaney1 / Mojang)

Our list of the best Minecraft builds could easily have hundreds of entries after more than a decade of amazing, creative builds. Minecraft never seems to slow down, so there are constantly wild new creations appearing. To save you (and ourselves) some time, we've picked some of the latest and greatest Minecraft builds that you can explore right now. 

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Minecraft skins: New looks
Minecraft servers: Online worlds
Minecraft commands: All cheats
Minecraft mods:  Beyond vanilla
Minecraft shaders: Spotlight
Minecraft seeds: Fresh new worlds
Minecraft texture packs: Transform

There's a bustling industry for professional Minecraft builders and you can see the fruits of their labor below. Each listing is totally free for you and a group of friends to explore at your own leisure. We've collected a mix of downloadable builds and online servers, and to view each entry make sure you read the build's description on its official page to know what version of Minecraft to boot up.

You can treat this list as the perfect itinerary for the best Minecraft tourist hot-spots, or just scroll through and marvel at the pixel-perfect universes that have been made. Each building team is listed alongside their creations, so make sure to check out their profiles for more amazing work. 

We've updated this list for 2021: Happy sightseeing!

ImagineFun

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ImagineFun is Minecraft's most realistic Disneyland park, and it's beyond impressive. Not only have the ImagineFun team recreated all the park's major areas in just under three years—they've also built a bunch of rollercoasters and attractions in the park, and yes you can actually ride them.

 WesterosCraft 

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. 

 Adamantis 

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(Image credit: Jamdelaney1 / Mojang)

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.

 Greenfield  

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. 

Novigrad

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(Image credit: ElysiumFire / Iskillia / Mojang)

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.  

 Cyberpunk City 

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(Image credit: Elysium Fire)

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 

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(Image credit: Reporters Without Borders / Mojang)

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. 

Middle-earth

 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. 

Imperial City 

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If fantasy isn't really your thing, you should explore this detailed Imperial City influenced by 19th and early 20th-century architecture. There are plenty of neo-classical buildings to check out, and don't forget the two giant and not-at-all menacing skeleton statues guarding a mountain entrance. 

Eldaria Islands 

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 

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(Image credit: Darastlix / Mojang)

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.  

Herobrine's Mansion

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

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(Image credit: Iskillia)

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.  

Rachel Watts

Part of PC Gamer's UK team, Rachel loves a good ol' detective mystery, story-rich adventure games, and weirdly wonderful indies. Her proudest gaming moment is the one time she kept her virtual potted plants alive for a year.