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Amsterdam, Netherlands Hotels and City Guide

Amsterdam Hotels and Amsterdam Guide with Amsterdam maps, top attractions, room reservations and hotel deals at a wide range of the best Amsterdam hotels

Amsterdam - Transportation

Amsterdam has one of the finest and most reliable transportation networks in Europe; one of the reasons that makes it a popular location for industry. Fast and frequent trains and buses run throughout the Netherlands and are an excellent way to travel from Amsterdam to other parts of the country. Both rail and bus provide efficient links to Centraal Station and Schiphol International Airport.

Arriving by Car

The Netherlands has one of the best road systems in Europe and as a result is very accessible. Toll-free, multi-lane expressways link all the major towns and cities, but even the picturesque country routes are very usable. The A4 / E14 links Amsterdam to The Hague. In Amsterdam centre, like all major cities, traffic can be busy. Many of the streets are narrow and certain lanes are reserved for bicycles. The best way to travel across the city is by tram, but the fastest way is by bike, via the special cycle lanes. Parking in Amsterdam is expensive so the best advice it to park on the outskirts of the city and make use of the efficient public transport system.

Getting around Amsterdam

Once in the city, the local public transport system is cheap and a good way of getting around. Tickets covering bus, tram and metro journeys can be bought from automatic dispensers on the metro, bus and tram drivers and news-stands. The layout of the city makes sightseeing on foot quite easy, with most of the museums situated close together. Canal cruises provide a relaxing and unique view of the old town and its impressive buildings whilst the 'Museum Boat' offers a shuttle service linking 20 museums and sightseeing attractions. For longer excursions there are water taxis, trams or the ubiquitous bicycle (550,000 at the latest count).

Car Rental

Conditions of hire vary, although, in most cases, the driver will have to be 25 years old and have held a valid national licence for one year. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not needed, as long as a valid national licence is produced. Payment is usually made with a credit card bearing the name of the driver.
The major European firms are represented in Amsterdam. Cars are also available for hire through the airport and most hotels. The companies that have branches in the city centre include Avis, Nassaukade 380 (tel: (020) 683 6061), Budget, Overtoom 121 (tel: (020) 612 6066), and Hertz, Overtoom 333 (tel: (020) 612 2441).

Alternativley, use our booking tool to book your car rental in Amsterdam before you arrive. Fare conditions vary and some companies have an additional mileage charge. Those hiring a car should always check that the rates include the minimum insurance cover required in Amsterdam.

Public Transport

Amsterdam’s integrated public transport system is run by the municipal transport company GVB, which has an information office at Centraal Station. The best way to get around the city is either on foot or by using the extensive tram, metro, bus and ferry networks. A map of all tram and bus routes in Amsterdam is available from tourist offices or the GVB office by Centraal Station.
 
Trams are a great way of getting around. Trams operate Monday to Friday from about 0600 to 2400 (Saturday from 0630 and Sunday from 0730). All trams leave from Centraal Station - trams 1 and 2 traverse the main canals, tram 17 provides a frequent, fast and dependable service, tram 16 takes a route to Museumplein and Concertgebouw, while trams 9 and 14 go to the Muziektheater and Waterlooplein market.

Amsterdam’s four metro lines all start at Centraal Station and serve the southeastern business district and the suburbs. The trains run Monday to Friday from about 0600 to 2415 (Saturday from 0630 and Sunday from 0730). An extension south to the RAI is planned for completion in 2011.
The outlying areas of the city (mostly the suburbs that the trams do not reach) are served by more than 30 bus lines, which run until midnight. Night buses run from about 0030 to 0730, after the other services have stopped (numbered from 71 to 79).

A free ferry service provides cyclists and pedestrians with connections to Amsterdam Noord, the area across the IJ. The main ferry landing is on De Ruijterkade (behind the Centraal Station). Ferries are frequent and operate between about 0615 and 2100, with a limited service at the weekend (most ferries do not operate on Sunday). When taking a bicycle aboard, passengers should make sure to not break local etiquette and always go through the cyclist channel rather the pedestrian one. The Noord Canal across the IJ is a quiet and less-taxing cycle route for visitors who find navigating the busy city too traumatic.

For single rides, a strippenkaart can be used. This needs to be stamped every time a tram, bus or metro is boarded - each journey uses one strip, plus a strip for every zone travelled. Once stamped, a ticket is valid for an hour, regardless of how often a change of tram or bus is made. It is cheaper for one to buy a strippenkaart before boarding the public transport system than it is to pay a cash fare. Strippenkaarten are available from tourist offices, tobacconists and large hotels. Not having a valid ticket incurs a spot fine, plus the cost of the ticket; ticket inspections are common.

Visitors spending plenty of time travelling around the city are advised to buy a dagkaarten day pass, a two-day pass or a three-day one.

Water Travel

Not surprisingly, there are several modes of water travel in Amsterdam. In addition to public ferries, canal buses (tel: (020) 625 5574) travel between Centraal Station and the Rijksmuseum, every 25-45 minutes - fares vary between the different service providers.

Canal taxis, which can carry up to 40 passengers, are also available. They can either be hailed from the canal-side or ordered in advance daily from about 0800 to 0100, from Water Taxis (tel: (020) 535 6363), visitors can hire pedalos (also known as canal bikes) and boats to explore the canals. These are available from Canal Bike, Weteringschans 24 (tel: (020) 626 5574), who have 100 canal bikes. A deposit is required. Canal Bike also organises group tours of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Taxis

Rather than hailing a taxi in the street, it is more usual in Amsterdam for one to either order a taxi by phoning the Central Taxi Office (tel: (020) 677 7777) or pick one up at a taxi rank, which are located at Centraal Station, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Taxis, which have an illuminated ‘taxi’ sign on the roof, usually come quickly - unless it is raining or a Friday or Saturday night. Although they provide a good service, taxis are relatively expensive. A new system allows taxi drivers to set meters at different rates, so keep a keen eye on the rate in play.





Hotels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

InterContinental Amstel

InterContinental Amstel

Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is a highly acclaimed tourist haven, frequented by many international celebrities and royalty. The InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is renowned for its personalised and attentive hotel services and facilities. Featuring...




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Best Western Delphi Hotel

Best Western Delphi Hotel

Apollolaan 101-105, Amsterdam, NL-1077AN, Netherlands

The Best Western Delphi Hotel is located in an upscale residential area of Amsterdam and has recently been renovated. The spacious and contemporary rooms all offer comfortable duvets in fine cotton sheets and are equipped with wireless Internet and Pay-TV movies. In...




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Holiday Inn Amsterdam Hotel

Holiday Inn Amsterdam Hotel

De Boelelaan 2 AMSTERDAM 1083 HJ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

Ideally located in Amsterdams leading business district, the Holiday Inn Amsterdam brings comfort, convenience and the delights of Hollands capital city within easy access. Renovated in 2003, the Holiday Inn has 256 guest rooms and two charming suites. Standard rooms...




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Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Famous for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 bed-in, the canalside Hilton Amsterdam hotel is a short walk from Amsterdam attractions like the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the renowned Rijksmuseum.Enjoy fine Italian dining in the award-winning Roberto's Restaurant...




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Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer

Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, 1016 GZ, Netherlands

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Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand

Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand

0udezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 Ex Amsterdam, Netherlands

Uniquely located between two canals in the historic city of Amsterdam, Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel Demeure has a unique history of its own. From its humble beginnings as a simple convent to its present day status as a deluxe hotel, the Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel... more
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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5,Amsterdam,1012 RC Netherlands (Holland)

The elegant Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre is a prestigious five-star hotel located in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Situated close to the Amsterdam attractions of Dam Square, Central Station, and Amsterdams canals and museums, Crowne Plaza City Center offers... more
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Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel

Planeetbaan 2,HOOFDDORP, AMSTERDAM,2132 HZ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

Full Business centre - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm We make your meeting easy! Whether you are planning a training course for 10 persons, a prestigious banquet for 240 or a festive reception for 450 guests. The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam to Schiphol has the facilities, expertise... more
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Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam

Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam

Apollolaan 2, 1077 BA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Location Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam is ideally situated at the confluence of 5 canals. Due to its perfect location at only a few minutes walk from exclusive shopping streets, the RAI Congress Centre and the WTC, the hotel is absolutely ideal... more
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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

Nieuwezijdskolk 19, 1012 PV, Amsterdam

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NH City North

NH City North

Distelkade, 21, 1031 XP Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe NH City North offers you 12 conference rooms with capacities ranging from 4 to 200 people. The conference rooms have a warm and relaxed atmosphere and are equipped with air-conditioning and ISDN connections. Because of the large windows,... more
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Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Schiphol Boulevard 101, Amsterdam 1118BG, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction The only five-star hotel with direct access to arrival and departure halls. No taxi, no shuttle. Once off the plane you've arrived. Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel is an international meeting point, and an ideal base for... more
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Sofitel Amsterdam

Sofitel Amsterdam

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012 Re Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful Amsterdam is home to the Sofitel Amsterdam Hotel. Ideally positioned, this Amsterdam Hotel offers convenient access to several popular attractions which include the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and the cities entertainment and theatre district. The... more
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Swissotel Amsterdam

Swissotel Amsterdam

Damarak 96, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Swissotel Amsterdam delivers five-star business luxury in the heart of Amsterdam. Offering easy access to the city's cultural attractions and shops around Dam Square, and close to public transport, Swissotel Amsterdam is a popular choice for business and leisure travelers.... more
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Victoria Hotel Amsterdam by Park Plaza

Victoria Hotel Amsterdam by Park Plaza

DAMRAK 1-5, 1012LG Amsterdam NL

Hotel Introduction Excellent location in city centre, opposite central train station. Close to Dam square and Royal Palace. 305 well appointed rooms including executive rooms and suites. 10 conference rooms for up to 150 delegates with all... more
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Best Western Blue Square Hotel

Best Western Blue Square Hotel

Slotermeerlaan 80, Amsterdam, 1064 HD, Netherlands

Welcome in the Blue Square Hotel! Our new 3-Star Best Western Blue Square Hotel is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With its easy accessibility and an underground parking garage, it is the perfect starting point from which you can discover Amsterdam and... more
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Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

Leeuwendalersweg 21, Amsterdam, 1055 JE, Netherlands

This non-smoking hotel offers room rates including breakfast, citytax, WIFI and coffee and tea facilities and is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With restaurant Saffron on the first floor, a hotel bar, meeting facilities for up to 250 persons and a next... more
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Best Western Dam Square Inn

Best Western Dam Square Inn

Gravenstraat 12-16, Amsterdam, 1012 NM, Netherlands

'Home away from home in the lively heart of the city.' Best Western Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam! Our hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. Just a stone throw away from Dam Square, next to the Royal P... more
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Best Western Leidse Square Hotel

Best Western Leidse Square Hotel

Tesselschadestraat 23, Amsterdam, 1054 ET, Netherlands

The Best Western AMS Hotel Terdam is located in a quiet side street off Leidseplein, with the city, theatre, casino, cinemas, countless restaurants, bars and discos just a stone's throw away. The historical city center with its canals, the Leidsestraat with numerous shops... more
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Eden Amsterdam Centre Hotel

Eden Amsterdam Centre Hotel

Nassaukade 387 390, 1054 AE, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Centre Hotel is situated in the center of Amsterdam near the Leidseplein. All 70 rooms have a private bath/shower and toilet,telephone, radio, cable tv, safe deposit box and individual heating. The Hotel has a lobby with an intimate bar. By nice weather,... more
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Hotel Europa 92

Hotel Europa 92

1e Constantijn Huygenstraat 103-105, 1054 BV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionComfortable standard class hotel with 32 rooms located in the city centre near Leidseplein. Hotel offers ideal location-rooms with internet connection-VIP rooms-Honeymoon suite-bar and garden. For a comfortable weekend - Hotel Europa 92... more
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Mercure Amsterdam Airport

Mercure Amsterdam Airport

Oude Haagseweg 20, 1066 Bw Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction5km from Schiphol airport and close to highway intersection A9/A4 and the ring road A10. A few minutes to RAI Conference Centre. Modern rooms, restaurant,bar and several meeting rooms. Outdoor parking and free airport shuttle service.AccommodationNumber... more
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Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer

Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer

Noorderstraat 46, 1017 Tv Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionSet in a quiet street in the centre of Amsterdam. Shops, restaurants and museums are within walking distance. The RAI congress center and the Zuidoost Business Park are nearby. The hotel offers 90 luxury rooms, bar, breakfast and limited... more
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Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Aan de Amstel

Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Aan de Amstel

Joan Muyskenweg 10, 1096 Cj Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionThis modern 4 star hotel is perfectly located in the South of Amsterdam on waterfront, near the Amsterdam Arena Ajax Football stadium and within 10 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam. Situated near the A2 and A10 highway. Schiphol... more
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NH Amsterdam Centre

NH Amsterdam Centre

Stadhouderskade, 7, 1054ES Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH Amsterdam Centre is the ideal location for conferences and courses for 10 to 80 people. The conference rooms are perfectly equipped for presentations, meetings, dinners, lunches, receptions or parties. You will be pleasantly surprised by the... more
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NH Barbizon Palace

NH Barbizon Palace

Prins Hendrikkade, 59-72, 1012AD Amsterdam,

DescriptionCONFERENCE CENTRE If you are looking for a location for a conference, dinner or product presentation that will keep your guests talking about it for years to come, then you have found the right place in St. Olofs Chapel. Its historical... more
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NH Caransa

NH Caransa

Rembrandtplein,19, 1017CT Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH Caransa has three multi-purpose conference rooms with daylight and air conditioning. The rooms are suitable for groups of up to 120 people, offering the perfect environment for conferences, training courses and receptions.LocationThe... more
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NH City Centre

NH City Centre

Spuistraat, 288-292, 1012VX Amsterdam,

DescriptionNH City Centre offers several options to help make your event a success. For instance, we have a glass-roofed winter garden, which can accommodate receptions for up to 100 people. In addition, we can cater for lunches and dinners for up to 125... more
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NH Doelen

NH Doelen

Nieuwe Doelenstraat, 24, 1012CP Amsterdam,

DescriptionEach of the multifunctional banquet rooms offers a unique setting for meetings, conferences or private dinner parties. The four rooms are not only fine examples of the hotel?s original architecture, but are also equipped to meet all your needs... more
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NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Dam, 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam,

Description\nCONFERENCE FACILITIES \n Including the Grand Ballroom and the Amsterdam Room, the conference centre comprises 22 multi-purpose function rooms with a total capacity of 2000 people. The well-known Winter Garden dates from 1879. This... more
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NH Museum Quarter

NH Museum Quarter

Hobbemakade, 50, 1071XL Amsterdam,

DescriptionEnter the boardroom of the NH Museum Quarter and you will sense the NH feeling immediately. The excellent view over Amsterdams canals, the great amounts of natural light and the ambience in the boardroom guarantee a completely relaxed meeting.... more
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NH Schiller

NH Schiller

Rembrandtplein, 26-36, 1017CV Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe two restored boardrooms are suitable for both dinners and conferences. These private rooms can accommodate up to 12 people and both offer natural lighting. The various areas in the Brasserie are suitable for dinners of up to 150 people or... more
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NH Schiphol Airport

NH Schiphol Airport

Kruisweg, 495, 2132NA Amsterdam,

DescriptionThe 19 multifunctional conference rooms are equipped with high-tech equipment for information transfer and communications: ISDN and modem connections, video and LCD projectors. The conference rooms have flexible walls, enabling them to be enlarged... more
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NH Tropen

NH Tropen

Linnaeusstraat, 2c 1092CK Amsterdam, Netherlands

DescriptionOur spacious conference rooms, with their quiet locations and natural lighting, are perfectly equipped for training sessions, conferences and business meetings. The largest room, the Indonesia Room, can accommodate 100 people. We can also arrange... more
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Novotel Amsterdam

Novotel Amsterdam

Europa Boulevard 10, 1083 Ad Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionConveniently located at Amsterdam South Center in the immediate vicinity of the RAI congress centre, the WTC and the Amstel citypark. Within 15 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam, Schipol Airport, Amstel Business Park by public... more
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Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art

Tulip Inn Amsterdam Art

Spaarndammerdijk 302, 10 ZX, Amsterdam

This modern hotel displays works of art which attribute to the name of the hotel. The front desk and lobby are both situated in an open atrium. The hotel comprises of 130 rooms and suites equipped with either a bath and/or shower, direct dial telephone, radio, colour... more
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Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West

Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West

Reimerswaalstraat 5, 1069 AE, Amsterdam

Behind the renovated 1970's exterior of the Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West you will find a new and stylish hotel. It's 162 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, PAY-TV and direct dial telephones offers both the business and leisure traveller a home away from home. Our... more
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Tulip Inn Dam Square

Tulip Inn Dam Square

12-16 Gravenstraat, 1012 NM, Amsterdam

The Tulip Inn Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam. This very pleasant and quiet hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. The friendly staff makes every effort to ensure that guests enjoy their stay. At the Tulip... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Centre

Ibis Amsterdam Centre

Stationsplein 49, 1012 Ab Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionCentrally located next to Central Station. Within walking distance to the Red Light district, the flower market and the famous museums. Direct link to the Congress Centre RAI using public transport. 187 air-conditioned rooms, bar and public parking.AccommodationNumber... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Stopera

Ibis Amsterdam Stopera

Valkenburgerstraat 68, 1011 Lz Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel Introduction3 star hotel in the city centre, a few minutes from the Stopera Opera house, the Dam square, Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein. Easy acces by public transportor or car. Restaurant with courtyard and bar. Public parking opposite the hotel.AccommodationNumber... more
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Ibis Amsterdam Westcorner

Ibis Amsterdam Westcorner

Transformatorweg 36, 1014 Ak Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel IntroductionThe new pride and joy of the Ibis chain has 180 comfortable rooms. The hotel is ideally situated between the centre of Amsterdam and the famous commerce/business area of the city and features a restaurant, a cozy bar and public parking with a... more
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