As the last few weeks of summer hit Germany, the beaches are sure to be packed with locals and tourists trying to enjoy what’s left of the warm days, but a favorite beach activity has made its way onto the banned list at beaches in the Schleswig-Holstein region.
Beachgoers are having to get used to signs forbidding the construction of sandcastles on most beaches, with a few only allowing certain small-sized sand structures up to a height of three meters. The allowed sandcastles must also be destroyed at the end of the day to ensure no one is at risk of tripping once the sun sets.
German’s are used to odd restrictions being put in place, and with this specific ban, it doesn’t appear to be a rule that is strictly enforced. Children still want to build their dream castle with sand, and parents seem more than happy letting their children break a rule to keep them smiling.
While not the sole purpose for the creation of the ban, in 2012 a ten-year-old boy was killed at the coastal resort of Amrum in Schleswig-Holstein after a metre-deep hole he had built collapse on him. Lifeguards have also explained the need for the rule to ensure ambulances have full access to the beach in the case of an emergency.
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