Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A German travel agency gathered thousands of tons of sand to construct the world's tallest sandcastle.
Travel agency Schauinsland-Reisen constructed the massive structure measuring 54 feet and 9 inches tall to claim the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world.
"We wanted to organise another exciting event that brings together summer, sun, sand and our slogan -- 'Holidays in great hands' -- in perfect harmony," Head of Tourism at Schauinsland-Reisen Andreas Ruttgers said. "The sandcastle world record had all of the above."
Crews spent a week collecting about 3,500 tons of sand in 168 trucks to construct the record-breaking sandcastle.
The massive heaps of sand were then sculpted into the shape of a castle, with detailed images of a couple dancing and a man rowing a boat carved in to the front alongside the agency's name.
Schauinsland-Reisen's sandcastle is more than six feet taller than the previous tallest castle, which measured 48 feet and 8 inches tall and was constructed in India this February.
"Having won people's hearts with our previous attempt, we are delighted that we have now been able to bring the official Guinness World Records title back to Duisburg and that the giant sandcastle has been so well received and embraced so enthusiastically by visitors," Ruttgers said.