& # 39; The world’s highest sand castle is unveiled in Germany

It resembles the fantasy cities Lord of the Rings of Game of Thrones, with a dragon guarding the gates and turrets rising from the many layers.

But the fairytale castle was made entirely of sand for the annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz, on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.

The enormous structure was awarded the Guinness World Record for the highest sand castle ever built, after a judge traveled from London and, together with a local surveyor, determined the height on Wednesday.

With a height of 17.96 meters, the Binz sand castle has an edge slightly less than one meter above the previous record holder – a 54.62 meter (16.68 meter) structure built in Duisburg, near Düsseldorf in western Germany , in 2017.

Organizer Thomas van Dungen received a Guinness World Record certificate in recognition of his creation – which took ten days, twenty artists and 11,000 tons of sand to build.

A special type of sand was imported from the Netherlands because of its easy to sculpt properties, compacted with pressurized water and transported to the construction site in large trucks.

The sand castle competition on the island has been held annually since 2010, but this year's winning group had to wait a few years for the world record.

In 2017, their sand castle collapsed three days before completion. In 2018, the group discovered that a protected bird species had built a nest in the ruins of the previous year.

The artwork is open to the public and can be viewed until November 3 as part of the Binz sand sculpture exhibition. Tickets are € 8.50 (£ 7.50) and € 5.50 for children ($ 4.90).

This fairytale-like sand castle was built for the annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz, on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. The artists wrote & # 39; the highest sandcastle in the world & # 39; on their sculpture, which won a Guinness World Record on Wednesday

This fairytale-like sand castle was built for the annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz, on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. The artists wrote & # 39; the highest sandcastle in the world & # 39; on their sculpture, which won a Guinness World Record on Wednesday

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany

The structure has an amazing level of detail and has been compared to cities from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, with dragons guarding the walls

The structure has an amazing level of detail and has been compared to cities from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, with dragons guarding the walls

The structure has an amazing level of detail and has been compared to cities from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, with dragons guarding the walls

Sculptors are seen working on the image & # 39; Largest sand castle in the world & # 39 ;. The team used 11,000 tons of press sand imported from the Netherlands for the gigantic artwork

Sculptors are seen working on the image & # 39; Largest sand castle in the world & # 39 ;. The team used 11,000 tons of press sand imported from the Netherlands for the gigantic artwork

Sculptors are seen working on the image & # 39; Largest sand castle in the world & # 39 ;. The team used 11,000 tons of press sand imported from the Netherlands for the gigantic artwork

The owner Thomas van Dungen (left) and the record officer Pravin Patel celebrate the victory of a sand castle at the sand sculpture festival in Binz on the island of Rügen, northern Germany

The owner Thomas van Dungen (left) and the record officer Pravin Patel celebrate the victory of a sand castle at the sand sculpture festival in Binz on the island of Rügen, northern Germany

The owner Thomas van Dungen (left) and the record officer Pravin Patel celebrate the victory of a sand castle at the sand sculpture festival in Binz on the island of Rügen, northern Germany

The huge structure was made for the annual Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany and can be viewed until November 3

The huge structure was made for the annual Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany and can be viewed until November 3

The huge structure was made for the annual Sand Sculptures Festival in Binz, Germany and can be viewed until November 3

The sand castle competition on the island has been held annually since 2010, but this year's winning group had to wait a few years for the world record

The sand castle competition on the island has been held annually since 2010, but this year's winning group had to wait a few years for the world record

The sand castle competition on the island has been held annually since 2010, but this year's winning group had to wait a few years for the world record

Sand artists working on a new creation that broke the Guinness World Record on Wednesday for the largest sand sculpture in the world

Sand artists working on a new creation that broke the Guinness World Record on Wednesday for the largest sand sculpture in the world

Sand artists working on a new creation that broke the Guinness World Record on Wednesday for the largest sand sculpture in the world

The previous Guinness World Record was a 54.72 meter (16.68 meter) building built in Duisburg, near Düsseldorf in West Germany, in 2017

The previous Guinness World Record was a 54.72 meter (16.68 meter) structure built in Duisburg, near Düsseldorf in West Germany, in 2017

The previous Guinness World Record was a 54.72 meter (16.68 meter) building built in Duisburg, near Düsseldorf in West Germany, in 2017

The artwork can be viewed until November 3 as part of the Binz Sand Sculpture Exhibition, costs € 8.50 (£ 7.50) and € 5.50 for children ($ 4.90)

The artwork can be viewed until November 3 as part of the Binz Sand Sculpture Exhibition, costs € 8.50 (£ 7.50) and € 5.50 for children ($ 4.90)

The artwork can be viewed until November 3 as part of the Binz Sand Sculpture Exhibition, costs € 8.50 (£ 7.50) and € 5.50 for children ($ 4.90)

This aerial photo made with a drone shows the team of artists working on a new record for the highest sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival

This aerial photo made with a drone shows the team of artists working on a new record for the highest sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival

This aerial photo made with a drone shows the team of artists working on a new record for the highest sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival

The British record judge Pravin Patel checks a sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on Wednesday 5 June 2019

The British record judge Pravin Patel checks a sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on Wednesday 5 June 2019

The British record judge Pravin Patel checks a sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on Wednesday 5 June 2019

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany. The sculpture is 57.95 feet high and consists of 11,000 tons of sand

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany. The sculpture is 57.95 feet high and consists of 11,000 tons of sand

The record judges check the height of the sand castle at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Binz on the island of Rügen in northern Germany. The sculpture is 57.95 feet high and consists of 11,000 tons of sand

The artwork received the & # 39; Greatest Sandcastle in the World & # 39; award from Guinness World Records on Wednesday, after a judge had traveled from London to check the height

The artwork received the & # 39; Greatest Sandcastle in the World & # 39; award from Guinness World Records on Wednesday, after a judge had traveled from London to check the height

The artwork received the & # 39; Greatest Sandcastle in the World & # 39; award from Guinness World Records on Wednesday, after a judge had traveled from London to check the height

A sand sculptor works on the letters of the new record castle in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Binz on 5 June 2019

A sand sculptor works on the letters of the new record castle in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Binz on 5 June 2019

A sand sculptor works on the letters of the new record castle in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Binz on 5 June 2019

The sand used for the construction was imported from the Netherlands because it was easier to work and compressed with water under pressure

The sand used for the construction was imported from the Netherlands because it was easier to work and compressed with water under pressure

The sand used for the construction was imported from the Netherlands because it was easier to work and compressed with water under pressure

The record-breaking sand castle can now be visited until November 3, with the city of Binz expecting around 200,000 visitors

The record-breaking sand castle can now be visited until November 3, with the city of Binz expecting around 200,000 visitors

The record-breaking sand castle can now be visited until November 3, with the city of Binz expecting around 200,000 visitors

Judge Pravin Patel of Guinness World Records in London and local surveyor Christian Haase determined the height on Wednesday with laser and GPS

Judge Pravin Patel of Guinness World Records in London and local surveyor Christian Haase determined the height on Wednesday with laser and GPS

Judge Pravin Patel of Guinness World Records in London and local surveyor Christian Haase determined the height on Wednesday with laser and GPS

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