Details: Where to go, what to know in Berlin
Delta and United offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Berlin, with fares starting at about $730 round-trip.
Where to stay
A four-star hotel in the Neukolln district with four restaurants. Rooms from $170.
Where to eat
Also in Neukolln, serving modern, creative Mediterranean cuisine. Also has on tap a tasty Czech beer from a small northern Bohemian brewery. Meals run between $10 and $18.
Zur Letzten Instanz
In central Berlin, serving German specialities such as Eisbein with sauerkraut in a pre-war ambiance. Meals run around $16.
What to do
Berlin underground tours
(in U8 subway station Gesundbrunnen)
Regular English tour offered at least once a day Tuesday through Thursday and twice a day during the rest of the week. No tours on Christmas Eve, Christmas or New Year's Day. Some tours for booked groups only. 90-minute tours about $12, two-hour tour about $16. Children under 12 free.
This television tower at Alexanderplatz was an East German feat of socialist engineering and remains a Berlin postcard icon. Open daily 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets $14.