World’s tallest sandcastle in Germany


BERLIN (AP) — The world’s highest sandcastle is now standing 54.72 feet tall in the German city of Duisburg.

A German travel operator organized the construction of the mammoth sandcastle, bringing in 3,500 tons of sand over the past three and a half weeks to the site of a former steelworks in the inland city.

News agency dpa reported that Jack Brockbank, a representative of Guinness World Records, certified the record, Friday. It takes the title from a 48.69-foot sandcastle built early this year in India.

The new sandcastle is decorated with sand models of tourist attractions, including Athens’s Acropolis, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

It is supposed to stand until at least Sept. 24.

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Visitors surround a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Artists attempt to secure a spot in the coveted Guinness Book of World Records by building the tallest sandcastle ever. Later on Friday a jury will arrive to inspect the castle. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/09/web1_118296756-5955eb7fa9ec4123ac3e07b61cd51f08.jpgVisitors surround a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Artists attempt to secure a spot in the coveted Guinness Book of World Records by building the tallest sandcastle ever. Later on Friday a jury will arrive to inspect the castle. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

An artist works on a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark (lit. ‘Landscape Park’) in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Artists from Duisburg want to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world. The Guinness jury will examine the sandcastle on Sept. 1, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/09/web1_118296756-2d3dfaceb0f748b180b72d5abd986827.jpgAn artist works on a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark (lit. ‘Landscape Park’) in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Artists from Duisburg want to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world. The Guinness jury will examine the sandcastle on Sept. 1, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)

Artists work on a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark (lit. ‘Landscape Park’) in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Artists from Duisburg want to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world. The Guinness jury will examine the sandcastle on Sept. 1, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/09/web1_118296756-6713e3ea80c4436192407924099395c3.jpgArtists work on a sandcastle at the Landschaftspark (lit. ‘Landscape Park’) in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Artists from Duisburg want to break the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world. The Guinness jury will examine the sandcastle on Sept. 1, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)