World's tallest sandcastle built in Germany

An international team of sand artists has built the world's tallest sandcastle in Duisburg, Germany after the city's attempt failed last year.

After almost a month of construction, the finished sandcastle stood at 16.68 meters and was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest sandcastle in the world.

Sand carver Lucas Brueggemann explained that a thousand more tonnes of sand were used this year, allowing for a broader base and better compressed sand.

The previous record was held by the Sudarsan Sand Institute for a sandcastle built in February 2017 on the beach at Puri in the Indian state of Odisha. It stood at 14.84 metres and was built in nine days.

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Confetti is shot into the sky as the world's highest sand castle receives the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record height of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows travel items such as sun protection, suitcases, bathing towel and sun glasses following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows phantasy figures of a cat, an octopus and a bird following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows phantasy figures of a cat, an octopus and a bird following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows a little girl sitting in front of a Black Forrest watermill following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows a typical Black Forrest watermill following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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An abandoned blast furnace stands next to the world's highest sand castle following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows a life-seize couple dancing the traditional Spanish dance "Flamenco" following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows baby turtle coming out of its egg following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows a life-seize couple dancing the traditional Spanish dance "Flamenco" following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows baby turtle coming out of its egg following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows a Thai Buddha statue following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous "Great Sphinx of Giza" with its missing nose following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous Barcelona church "Sagrada Familia" and the "Pyramids of Giza" following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous Barcelona church "Sagrada Familia" following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous "Venice Rialto Bridge", following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record height of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous "Leaning Tower of Pisa" and the Rome "Collosseum" following the official confirmation by a judge of Guinness World Records with the new record heights of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
People stand around the world's highest sand castle before a judge of Guinness World Records confirmed the new record height of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
People stand around the world's highest sand castle before a judge of Guinness World Records confirmed the new record height of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Jack Brockbank, the official judge of Guinness World Records stands next to the world's highest sandcastle (16.68 metres) in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
People celebrate the world's highest sand castle after a judge of Guinness World Records confirmed the new record height of 16.68 metres, in Duisburg, western Germany September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Jack Brockbank, the official judge of Guinness World Records, stands next to the world's highest sandcastle (16.68 metres) in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A man walks past the new Guiness world record for the world's highest sand castle (16.68m) in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Visitors walk past the new Guiness world record for the world's highest sand castle (16.68m), in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A man walks past the new Guiness world record for the world's highest sand castle (16.68m), in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Children build sand castles in front of the new Guiness world record for the world's highest sand castle (16.68m), in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A man walks past the new Guiness world record for the world's highest sand castle (16.68m) in Duisburg, western Germany, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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