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8 breathtaking garden mazes

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 20, 2014, 9:22 a.m.
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Samsø Labyrinten

Want to tackle mazes that are relatively compact and immaculately manicured? Go elsewhere. This daunting and huge labyrinth on the wind-powered Danish island of Samsø also once held the title of largest maze in the world per the folks at Guinness.

In a departure from the other mazes on the list, Samsø Labyrinten is much more a forest maze than a proper garden maze. Its disorienting networks of frequently dead-ending pathways are lined by more than 50,000 mature trees instead of neatly trimmed hedges. Roughly the size of a dozen soccer fields, the over 646,000-square-foot maze is also home to a variety of animals including deer, fox, hare and a whole lot of birds. Don’t count on these woodland critters, however, to point you in the right direction. It’s all very "Blair Witch Project" meets "Alice in Wonderland" with an ample dose of Norse mythology.