Berlin Wall

How long did it take to take down the Berlin wall?

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June 27, 2011 8:09AM


It took about 18 months from the time the Wall opened until the entire structure, minus the piece they left up as a museum, was removed. Among the many tasks accomplished were removing the two walls that surrounded no-man's land, tearing down all the guard towers, removing the spikes from the Spree River--the East Germans ran a row of spikes down the middle of the river, right along the East/West Berlin border, to keep people from swimming across--digging up all the land mines and unexploded ordnance, including quite a bit from World War II, and evaluating all the guard dogs to see if any could be retrained


it was built in 1961 and taken down in 89 so it took 28 years to knock down.