Every year the family Weiß in the town of Renningen hosts an elaborate and humongous corn maze. I grew up in a suburb in Northern Virgina, spent college years in the mountains, then spent ten years in San Diego prior to moving to Germany so as far as corn mazes go, I know nothing. This was my (and my two year old’s) first time navigating through giant corn stalks on a hot day.
I was shocked by how massive the maze area was.
The weather has been very pleasant recently so I tossed the kiddo on the bike and headed to the train station. The S60 heads right into Renningen and the maze is less than a ten minute bike ride from the train station, up a gradual hill. It’s about 1.4 kilometers to the start of the maze and a pedestrian path will lead you along the road, if walking. If driving, there is ample parking on the farm.
A small, outdoor seating area and chicken coop lead the way inside the barn where you purchase your ticket. The ticket is a large card with six blank squares for stamping throughout the maze.
Also for sale at the barn is ice cream, free range eggs, seasonal veggies, elderflower syrup, and turkey & chicken meat to order.
I don’t know how kids are conquering this, but kudos to those who do. After two minutes in the maze I started to feel a bit claustrophobic and began to make mental checks about what supplies I had in my backpack should we become lost in the corn. Water, snacks, & wet wipes…that’ll do.
I had the bright and breezy idea to let my toddler lead the way. As I looked at my cell phone with zero service bars, I also started making mental notes about all the things I need to teach Caius (and refresh on, myself). Number 1: always carry a compass. Number 2. Know how to read a compass. Number 3: Learn sun navigation and while we’re at it, water, star, and moon navigation.
A teaching moment presented itself which made me feel all-knowledgable to my kiddo since he had never seen how corn grows. Here in Germany, we have never been able to find corn in the husk at our markets. It’s always pre-husked and typically already cooked. He is a big fan of corn on the cob so when he asked what the big tubes were, I had the chance to explain this is how corn grows and showed him the cobs where some of the husks had peeled away. His response, “oh wow! That’s weely, weely, neat!”, made me feel taller than those stalks. I know what I’m doing in this world, people. Except in a corn maze. I don’t really know what I was doing in this corn maze.
Regarding the stamping mentioned earlier, throughout the maze there are metal boxes with stationary cutters to stamp out your squares. They are hidden throughout and we managed to find two during our thirty minutes inside. We didn’t stay inside too long because we were encroaching on lunch and nap time. When my son gave the go-ahead to get out of the maze so we could eat, I eagerly agreed. I was able to lead us safely out following the solar panels I could see above the stalks on the barn roof. If you are able to find the stamps, make sure you return to the cashier. My son was awarded candies for getting two of the stamps which made him beam with pride.
In conclusion, I think this would be an excellent experience for older kids or for adults who enjoy a good corn maze, whoever you may be. They have regularly scheduled events such as night mazes (bring a flashlight!) and live music. Check here to view events.
My son had a good time, but I think anymore than twenty-thirty minutes for a young toddler may be a bit much. Actually, running through the corn maze and directing our path was something he probably could have done for longer if we weren’t so close to lunch time. I suggest bringing provisions just in case you get lost on the way back in and/or if your little ones start their meltdown.
Adults: 3,50 €
Kids over three: 2,50 €
Daily, 11am – 7pm
July 23 – September 11, 2016