If you go
THE BEST WAY TO BERLIN
From LAX, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, British, United and Swiss offer connecting service (change of planes) to Berlin. Restricted round-trip fares range from $610 to $1,269, including taxes and fees.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 49 (the country code for Germany) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Adlon Kempinski, 77 Unter den Linden; 30-22-61-01, http://www.kempinski.com/en/berlin/hotel-adlon/welcome. Doubles from $353 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Café No!, 23 Glinkastrasse; 30-20-08-71, http://www.cafe-noe.de. Entrees $7.50-$13.50.
Lutter & Wegner, 56 Charlottenstrasse; 30-20-29-54-0, http://www.restaurantlutterundwegner.de/index_en.php. Entrees from $26.
Kauf dich Glucklich, 44 Oderbergerstrasse; 30- 44-35-21-82. Less than $15 for waffles with toppings plus beverage.
WHAT TO DO
Bike rentals: Bicycles are everywhere in Berlin (helmets are optional and rarely worn by locals). Bike rental and bike tour locations are everywhere too, especially near hotels and popular tourist sites. Rental companies include Fat Tire Bike Rentals, http://www.berlinfahrradverleih.com, and Berlin on Bike http://www.berlinonbike.de/en/bike-rental.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, 1 Cora-Berliner-Strasse, http://www.holocaust-mahnmal.de/en.
Bearpit Karaoke, http://www.bearpitkaraoke.com.
TO LEARN MORE
Visit Berlin, http://www.visitberlin.de/en.
Our host created this beautiful tumblr page where she documented people on the outdoor plaza at the Holocaust Memorial: http://berlinholocaustmemorial.tumblr.com.