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Getting lost isn’t always our favorite part of travel, but at these eight unbelievable mazes around the world, getting lost is considered a good thing. So next time you’re visiting one of these destinations — from Australia to Italy and plenty of places in between — leave your Google Maps behind and let these labyrinths take you for a loop.
The Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens are home to Australia’s oldest hedge maze, with hedges measuring 3-meters high by 2-meters wide, and the first circular rose maze ever created. These world-famous mazes can be wandered in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
The Guinness Book of World Records has this fragrant, three-acre maze listed as the largest in the world. The 14,000 Hawaiian plants (including pineapples) that make up the maze walls give off a smell that will make your mouth water, and its location on the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii makes it even better.
Think you’ve already beaten the Reignac-sur-Indre Maze? Well head back again next year, because this maze — located in Touraine, France — is harvested every fall and grown into a different formation each spring.
The Fuji-Q Highland theme park’s Fortress of No Hope maze is claimed to be the toughest in the world. This video-game-style indoor maze offers different levels of difficulty with doors (some of which are invisible), rooms, halls, clues and enough tricky features to make it a perfect balance of fun and frustrating. The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is located in Fujiyoshida, Japan.
This historic maze, built in 1720, was even roamed by Napolean, who was challenged by its massive hedges and numerous rings. But make it to the end of this under-rated Venice tourist attraction, and you’ll get a breathtaking view of the maze from the tower at its center.
Perhaps the most meaningful of all the world’s mazes, the Peace Maze was constructed in 2000 to commemorate the reconciliation efforts of Northern Ireland. The hedges are made from thousands of yew trees, which were planted by citizens from all over Northern Ireland. Wander it for yourself in the Castlewellan Forest Park in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland.
It may not be the largest or most difficult maze in the world, but the Hampton Court maze, just outside of London, is one of the most famous. This maze on the grounds of the Hampton Court Palace was planted in the late 1600s and now features spooky sounds and touch-sensitive benches to make visitors feel even more lost.
Take a big whiff of this botanical maze in Springmount, Victoria. Flowering shrubs and climbers complete the 2-meter-tall walls that throw visitors off track with their scent alone. This unbelievable maze took horticulturalists four years to complete and dons different colors and smells with each season.