The Egyptian Labyrinth was the first maze to be discovered by a Greek traveller and writer, Herodotus. The intricate puzzles consist of narrow, winding alleyways often leading people to the dead ends making it harder for them to reach the centre. Mazes come in many wacky formations and disorientating shapes such as interlocking triangles, concentric circles and branches making them all unique. Take a look at these famous mazes from around the world and decided which you would like to include in your next self drive holiday.
The Hampton Court hedge maze is the oldest in the United Kingdom and one of the most famous mazes in the world. With a shape similar to that of a trapezium, the unexpected twists and turns are bound to confuse visitors. The hedges also have audio devices in them which play different sounds of laughter, conversation and rustles to trick visitors into taking certain paths and make the experience even more exciting and intriguing. The Hampton Court maze is open year round, except if it is snowing excessively and costs around £5 to enter.
The Pineapple Maze is the largest in the world and made up of 14,000 colourful Hawaiian plants. It is located on the island of O'ahu and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. The maze is located in the Dole Plantation that also features many other family fun activities. After you explore the maze why not take a ride on the Pineapple Express train or take a look at the different flora on a garden tour. If you are the fastest person to finish the maze you get a prize as well as your name on the entrance of the maze, the current record is just 7 minutes. It its open all year and the entry fee is around USD6.
This maze is on the outskirts of the tourist radius in Barcelona and therefore undiscovered and authentically beautiful. It is one of the oldest gardens in the city and spans nearly a kilometre in length. At the centre of the labyrinth you will find the statue of Eros, the god of love as well as a palace and pond. It is open year round to visitors for a small fee of around â‚3. More information can be found on the Barcelona Tourism website.
Legend has it that this maze was so challenging it scared off Mussolini and caused Napoleon to get more than lost among the hedges and we can understand why. The circular path is made up of nine circles that spiral towards the central tower which is home to a statue of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and arts. The maze is open daily between April and September and more information can be found on the official website.
The York maze is made from over 1 million maize plants that are constantly growing and is the biggest maze in Britain. Each year new maize seeds are planted and a new theme is chosen to create the maze, previous themes include Doctor Who, Harry Potter, James Bond and more. There are prizes to be won and other activities to partake in so make sure you have got a whole day to spend here. York Maze is only open during summer and charges a fee of around £14 for entry.
Make sure you include the best mazes in the world on your next holiday itinerary and treat the family to a fun day out, filled with problem solving and much more. To start off your journey call our experienced and friendly staff at Auto Europe on 1300 656 601 or use our online search engine to book your car hire today!