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World's tallest sandcastle reaches for the sky in Germany

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The sandcastle will remain in place at Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park until September 29
The sandcastle will remain in place at Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park until September 29
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The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
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The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
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The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
The sandcastle comprises 3,500 tons of compressed sand
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The sandcastle comprises 3,500 tons of compressed sand
The sandcastle's construction involved heavy machinery, including an excavator and cranes
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The sandcastle's construction involved heavy machinery, including an excavator and cranes
A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
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A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
The sandcastle has been declared the world's tallest sandcastle by Guinness World Records
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The sandcastle has been declared the world's tallest sandcastle by Guinness World Records
The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
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The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
Wooden scaffolding was used during the sandcastle's construction
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Wooden scaffolding was used during the sandcastle's construction
The sandcastle comprises 3,500 tons of compressed sand
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The sandcastle comprises 3,500 tons of compressed sand
The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
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The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
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The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
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A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
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The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
The sandcastle being decorated
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The sandcastle being decorated
The sandcastle will remain in place at Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park until September 29
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The sandcastle will remain in place at Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park until September 29
The sandcastle rises to a height of 16.68 m (54.72 ft)
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The sandcastle rises to a height of 16.68 m (54.72 ft)
The design is quite intricate and nods to multiple attractions around the globe
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The design is quite intricate and nods to multiple attractions around the globe
The world's tallest sandcastle has a water slide, running from top to the bottom
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The world's tallest sandcastle has a water slide, running from top to the bottom
The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
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The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany
The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
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The sandcastle was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen
A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
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A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
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The sandcastle took 25 days to complete
The sandcastle has been declared the world's tallest sandcastle by Guinness World Records
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The sandcastle has been declared the world's tallest sandcastle by Guinness World Records
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This sandcastle isn't the kind that you make on the beach with a bucket and spade, but an ambitious project that has been declared the world's tallest sandcastle by Guinness World Records. Comprising 3,500 tons of compressed sand, it surpasses the previous record holder in Odisha, India, by an impressive 184 cm (6 ft).

The sandcastle is located in Duisburg, Germany, and was commissioned by a German tour company called Schauinsland-Reisen. It rises to a height of 16.68 m (54.72 ft), beating the previous world's tallest sandcastle in Odisha, India, which measured 14.84 m (48.8 ft)-tall.

The design is quite intricate and depicts attractions from around the globe, including Greece's Parthenon and Thailand's Buddhist temples. It also includes a water slide, running from top to the bottom.

A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle
A total of 19 sand artists from around the world worked on the sandcastle

The project involved 19 sand artists from around the world. Heavy machinery, including an excavator and cranes were used for the sandcastle's construction, along with wooden scaffolding. The actual patterns in the sand were created with hand tools. In all, it took a total of 25 days to complete.

The sandcastle will remain in place until September 29, so if you want to see it in person, get yourself down to the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park before then.

Sources: Die Sandburg, Schauinsland-Reisen

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2 comments
Joshua Tulberg
That's awesome. The in-build pics show the scale of the thing.
sk8dad
At first I was like, "they must have used some special adhesive", but after reading the article, I'm thoroughly impressed. This is quite the achievement. I'm going to have to add a tamper to my beach kit next time.