German city claims Guinness World Record for world's tallest sand castle

Who says beach towns have the monopoly on sand castles? 

The landlocked German city of Duisburg just claimed the world record for the world's tallest sandcastle. The city's sand castle, which stands at 55 feet or 16.68 meters, won the prize after a Guinness World Record jury judged the behemoth on Friday. Who says beach towns have the monopoly on sand castles? 

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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 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 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 medieval 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 woman taking a sun bath 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 two lions 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 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
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 a replica of the Memphis graveside of singer legend Elvis Presley 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
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 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
A close-up picture from the world's highest sand castle shows the famous "Pyramids of Giza" and the "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 "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
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 "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
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
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
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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The sand castle used 3,860 tons of sand and took more than three weeks to build. The structure was sculpted by a team of designers from 10 countries, incorporating imagery from around the world. 

This was the city's second attempt to claim the prize. Last year, its sand castle suffered a major collapse and was disqualified for using material besides sand and water. This year, the sand castle faced a minor collapse midway through, but the team reworked its design to finish strong. 

The Duisburg sandcastle dethrones a 50-foot structure in Puri, India that won the title in February. So the team doesn't expect their masterpiece to hold on to the title for long. 

The city plans to keep it standing until Sept. 29. Plan your trips to Duisburg accordingly. 

 

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