Getting there: The only nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Frankfurt are on Lufthansa, with connections to Berlin aboard Euro-Berlin, a new airline formed by Lufthansa and Air France. The cheapest round-trip economy fare this winter, a nonrefundable, 30-day advance-purchase ticket with a 21-day stay, is $794 on weekdays, $847 weekends.
Where to stay: The Hotel Hohenhaus in Herleshausen, 20 minutes from the city of Eisenach and less than two hours from Erfurt, is a member of the prestigious French Relais & Chateau group. Reservations may be made through David B. Mitchell and Co., telephone (212) 696-1323. Rates for a double room with bath are about $150, breakfasts an additional $14 per person. Fixed-price dinners at $37 and $67 are additional.
At the deluxe 350-room Grand Hotel in Berlin, standard double rooms are about $300 a night. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the Grand is just off Unter den Linden at Friedrichstrasse 158. For reservations, call (800) 223-6800. Slightly less expensive in the former West Berlin is the Alsterhof Ringhotel Berlin, Augsburger Strasse 5, D-1000 Berlin 30, phone 011-49-30-219960. Doubles with bath are about $140.
Make sure you have a confirmed hotel reservation before planning to stay in Berlin, which has been jampacked since reunification.