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Berlin is not a staple of many cruise itineraries, given that it's more than two hours' distance from the Baltic Sea port of Warnemunde. But on a recent Viking Sun ocean cruise, we opted for what turned into a relaxing train ride to and from downtown Berlin — Viking managed to reserve the entire train for more than 300 guests.
We wound up spending nearly five hours in Berlin and took in such landmarks as the Brandenburg Gate, the central Mitte district, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and a drive-by of the Reichstag. But the highlight came in two museums:
Here are more than 30 shots of Berlin, including some of the classic works at the Neues.