It has taken a German puzzle enthusiast four and a half months to put together a 54,000-piece jigsaw he claims is the biggest in the world.

"I worked every day between four and five hours on the puzzle and once a week for a whole day, which felt a bit like a marathon of 12 to 14 hours," Peter Schubert, who calls himself "The Puzzle King", told Reuters as he assembled the 108 sections of the puzzle "Travel Around Art".

The vast jigsaw is 8.64 meters long and 2.04 meters high and shows an art gallery, complete with visitors admiring the walls, which are adorned with famous artworks like Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss', Monet's 'Poppies' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer.

What began as a distraction for Schubert around 16 years ago is now his "leitmotiv".

He has assembled around 430,000 pieces in his life, according to his own maths, and he still finds it thrilling.

"It is a kick of adrenaline every time. My biggest goal is to get the picture right, that is what is so thrilling," he said as he carefully assembled parts of "Travel Around Art".

"It gives me a very positive feeling when I make it to the end because it comes with certain recognition," he adds.

Mr Schubert, who aims to reach the mark of assembling 500,000 pieces with his next work, is now waiting to see his achievement listed in the Guinness Book of Records.