July 31, 2009

Travel site picks world’s top mazes

The Longleat Hedge Maze in Warminster, England, topped a California-based travel Web site's list of the Top Five Most Amazing Mazes.

VirtualTourist.com said it chose the Longleat Hedge Maze for the top position on the list because of its observation tower at the end that allows those who have completed the maze to observe people who are still lost.

Coming in second was the Ashcombe Maze & Water Gardens in Victoria, Australia, which was cited for its more than 1,200 rose bushes including 200 varieties of the flower.

The Web site chose Cowtown Cattlepen Maze in Fort Worth, Texas, for the No. 3 spot, saying the maze is made more enjoyable by prizes offered for beating the clock and other maze-goers.

Soekershof Mazes and Gardens in Klaas Voogds West, South Africa, was given a mention for its local history-related clues that help visitors find their way through the maze and the final maze on the list, Schonbrunn in Vienna, Austria, was chosen to round out the list for its rich history, haveing been built in the 17th or 18th century and restored at the end of the 20th century.