Trying to find your way through a corn maze can be a fun activity for both children and adults. Many of these sites are also offering farm stores, pick-your-own flower patches, playgrounds, and catering, as well as pumpkin patches or squash fields a little later in the season. With all these offers, visits to these labyrinths make for a great family outing. The following are a few of those you can visit, located within a 1-hour drive from Basel.
Maislabyrinth Mathis Hof
Every year, they design a new corn maze that stretches the length of two football fields where you can discover new play structures and other surprises. This experience is ideal for young families, with numerous barbecue areas where you can picnic and grill. There are seating areas and at certain places picnic tables. You can even buy wood for the barbecue in their farm shop. They are also offering a farm shop, a flower field, and (from mid-August) a pumpkin market.
The corn maze is open daily from 08:00-20:00 (now until mid-October).
Cost is CHF 5 for adults, CHF 3 for kids, and CHF 3 for dogs (they must be on a leash).
Dubackerweg 2, 4103 Bottmingen (10 minutes from Basel)
Hofgut Obere Wanne
This year, they are planning a labyrinth not from corn but from hemp plants that are grown to produce very strong and versatile fibers. Depending on the weather, they will be opening the labyrinth by the end of July. Their farm also offers potatoes, flowers, and, a little later in the season, pumpkins.
Check their website for updates on when they will open.
Obere Wanne 32, 4410 Liestal (20 minutes from Basel)
This corn maze is located in the rolling hills of the southern Black Forest near Kandern, Germany. The farm also offers a farmer store with their own products as well as other regional goods (open Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00-13:00 and Friday from 9:00-18:00); a breakfast café where you can get a buffet breakfast Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30-12:00; and a 24-hour self-service stall (make sure you have cash/change). The corn maze is open during daylight hours.
Cost is CHF 2 per person; kids up to age 3 are free.
Rüttehof 1, 79400 Kandern-Wollbach, Germany (20 minutes from Basel)
This largest corn maze in Switzerland, located in Délémont in canton Jura, offers four labyrinths with different levels of difficulty, with a combined length of about 5 km. You can choose to attempt one, two, three, or all four mazes; allocate a total of 2 hours for all. Once you have entered a labyrinth, you become an intrepid adventurer who must solve a number of riddles along the way before reaching the goal. An illustrated guidebook (French or German) provides you with valuable tips.
There is also a large children’s play park with bouncy castle and trampolines and an outdoor catered eating area. The labyrinth can be travelled with a sturdy stroller, and dogs are welcome on a leash.
The corn maze is open now until September 18. Opening hours until August 15 is daily from 10:00-21:00. From August 6 to September 18, they are open Wednesday from 13:30-18:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-19:00.
Cost is CHF 13 for adults, CHF 9 for kids ages 2–15, CHF 36 for families (2 adults & 2 kids, CHF 7 for each additional child.
La Croisée des Loisirs, Emile-Boéchat 87, 2800 Délémont (45 minutes from Basel)
Maislabyrinth Wettingen in canton Aargau will be open August 6 to September 17 and should take about 30–60 minutes to complete. Dogs are permitted on a leash, and the maze can also be walked with a stroller. There is a “Maisbar” on site that is open on Wednesday afternoons and on weekends, but you are welcome to bring a picnic when it is closed.
Opening hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00-19:00, Friday & Saturday 11:00-20:00.
Cost is CHF 7 for adults and CHF 5 for kids ages 5 and up.
Lugibachstrasse, 5430 Wettingen (45 minutes from Basel)
This maze in canton Luzern offers a unique experience as it consists of squash plants, cherry trees, berries, vines, and flowers. This year, the maze passes by an apple orchard consisting of 5,000 trees. The labyrinth is different each year and includes an educational quiz that is fun for the whole family. The total length of the maze is 1.8 km and it has a few rest locations.
There is catering on site, as well as a bouncy castle and a petting zoo with pygmy goats, rabbits, and other animals sure to please the youngest members of the family.
The maze is open now until the end of October; opening hours daily from 10:00 all day.
Entrance costs CHF 6 for adults, and CHF 4 for kids ages 4–16.
Bürlimoos, 6023 Rothenburg (1 hour from Basel)
This traditional corn maze in a beautiful region in the picturesque rolling hills of the district of Emmental in canton Bern this year includes three leafy courtyards with tables and benches, and you are welcome to bring a picnic. Paths made of wood bark run through the whole field to get lost in or to play hide-and-seek. This labyrinth is ideal for relaxation or reflection, especially about one hour before sunset.
They are open 24/7 from now until October 16.
Entrance is CHF 2 to be placed in the honor box, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.
Brauchbühl, 3432 Lützelflüh (1 hour from Basel)
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