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5 Handpicked Christmas Market Breaks With 4-Star Hotels From €194pp

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Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Krakow, from only €194!

 

Some cities are best seen in winter and Christmas market breaks provide the best excuse to visit. Market stalls have the perfect stocking fillers, aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air, and if you are lucky you might even catch a Christmas concert. Many markets open late November and stay open until the New Year so you can choose a pre or post Christmas break.

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I have searched the web to bring you some of my favourite Christmas market breaks, so hopefully there will be a break here to suit you. All 4-star hotels are highly rated on Tripadvisor and all breaks are for three nights. If you want to travel at a different time, or for longer or shorter duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements.
 

 

 

Prague, 10th December, 3 Nights, €208pp

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Prague’s Christmas markets are the perfect picture postcard. The old town square, Charles bridge and Prague’s famous castle are all magically illuminated – it is a stunning sight to behold. The old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls selling local hand crafts, traditional hearty food and plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
Enjoy school choirs performing in traditional costumes, or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will add a touch of style to your Christmas market break. Prague’s markets are open from 30th November to 6th January.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Thursday the 10th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Art Hotel for only €208 – with breakfast included! This hotel offers free amendments before the 5th of December and a €10 deposit secures a booking. The Art Hotel is highly rated on Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

View flights here €130pp

View hotel here €78pp
 

 

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Budapest, 5th December, 3 Nights, €294pp

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Budapest has several Christmas markets, but Vörösmarty Square is the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in.
 

 

 
St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it is spectacular. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Most markets open from 22nd November until 1st January. 
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 5th December and enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, with breakfast included for just €294pp. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is a great choice to explore all that Budapest has to offer.

View flights here €142pp

View hotel here €152pp
 

 

 

Berlin, 6th December, 3 Nights, €199

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Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets! Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families, while Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses. Most open late November but some close before New Year. For a full list of Christmas market dates click here. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts are usually held every Friday and there are over 500 stalls.
 

 

 
Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless. 

Read my city guide to Berlin here.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 6th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Heckers Hotel for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city. This hotel rate also allows for free cancellation. 

View flights here €96pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Krakow, 8th December, 3 Nights, €194!

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The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is packed with market stalls selling local hand crafts and tasty food. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs.
 

 

 
Krakow is a great choice for a city break at any time of year. The historical centre is very easy to navigate and I loved its relaxed vibe. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory, and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th November until 26th December.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 8th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Ostoya Palace Hotel. Centrally located with great reviews on Tripadvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.  

View flights here €113pp

View hotel here €81pp
 

 

 

Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, €279pp

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Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? International choir singers perform free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations.  
 

 

 
Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most but most close on the 26th of December– see more here.  
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 11th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, the Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Zeitgeist Hotel. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor this hotel will ensure a memorable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

View flights here €104pp

View hotel here €175
 

 

 

Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks? 

 

Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks 

 

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Sarah

 

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Family Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen, 27th December, 3 Nights, €1048!

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Want to go away for Twixmas this year? Enjoy a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. Experience the magic of Tivoli Gardens as it is transformed into a winter wonderland.

 

Open since 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Over one million people descend on Tivoli at Christmas time, to experience one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. It is lit up with 500,000 fairy lights and has Christmas decorations at every corner. Tivoli Gardens is now open from the 16th of November to the 5th of January, making a Christmas market break in Copenhagen a great choice for all the family, either before or after Christmas. 

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There are theme park rides in Tivoli Gardens throughout the year, but at Christmas time there are added light shows, market stalls, and top class concerts. It is no doubt one of the best places to soak up the Christmas atmosphere.
 

 

 
Of course Copenhagen offers so much more than Tivoli Gardens. Enjoy some of the excellent cuisine that Copenhagen is renowned for, or shop along the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe.

No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without visiting The Little Mermaid. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed by her, but the kids should enjoy the story behind it. When in Rome and all that…
 

 

 
Something that does live up to the hype are the pretty streets of Nyhavn. The multicoloured houses are an Instagrammers paradise. I loved pottering in and out of the numerous coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Scandic Copenhagen Hotel. Located just eight minutes walk from Tivoli Gardens, this is ideally located for a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. This modern hotel has family rooms available that are similarly priced to standard rooms, and include a free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.

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Treat the kids to a Christmas market break in Copenhagen this year – what a wonderful way to spend Twixmas and keep the festive spirit alive.

Fly from Dublin to Copenhagen on the 27th of December, and enjoy a three-night stay in the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel with breakfast included for just €1048, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

 
View flights here €146pp 

View hotel here Family Room €464
 

 

 
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Christmas Market Break in Berlin, Flights & 4* Hotel, 7th December, €195!

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A Christmas market break in Berlin is a great way to kick start the festive season.  

 

There are over 50 Christmas markets in Berlin so I think it is fair to say if Berlin doesn’t get you into the spirit of Christmas, nothing will! Enjoy shopping for local hand crafts while sipping some mulled wine at the traditional Charlottenburg Castle market. Listen to some gospel singers at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church market while gazing at the 20 meter high Christmas tree. Take in a Christmas Rock concert at the Spandau Old Town market where over 400 stands combine to bring you one of Berlin’s largest markets.

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If you are looking for something a little different from your Christmas market break in Berlin, check out the Winter wonderland in Potsdamer Platz. The market in the Sony Centre’s 4000 square meter event area is sure to please. If you are feeling adventurous you can try Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run or ice skate on the 500 meter open air rink!

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Of course the beauty of Berlin is that it’s one of Europe’s top culture capitals. You can choose from over 175 museums, marvel at the murals on the Berlin Wall, pass through Checkpoint Charlie and watch the sun go down over the Brandenburg gate. Berlin is a city that just has to be explored, for more tips and advice on discovering this fantastic city, check out my blog on Berlin here.


 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Saturday the 7th of December and enjoy a Christmas market break in Berlin for only €185! Spend two nights in the highly rated 4* Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie which is superbly located to enjoy all that Berlin has to offer. You are within walking distance of the Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. Click on the links below to select flights and hotels separately. I have priced this based on a two night weekend stay departing the 7th of December but you can change dates or duration to suit your requirements.
 

 

 
View flights here €98pp

View hotel here  €97pp

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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The Best Alternative Christmas Markets – Take a Trip to a Winter Wonderland!

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Christmas Markets offer a truly unique experience full of colourful stalls, intoxicating aromas and an unforgettable ambiance. I have compiled a list of some of the best alternative Christmas markets in 2019 to help you get your festive juices flowing.

 

You may have already seen my post on Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Markets, well with this article I wanted to cast the net a bit wider. There are many other fantastic destinations across Europe that deserve our love and attention. So why not give yourself yourself a festive treat this year and take a peek at my best alternative Christmas markets for 2019.

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Zurich

This Swiss city is the perfect Christmas market destination for both adults and children alike. Zurich transforms into a winter wonderland in the run up to Christmas. There are multiple Christmas markets to choose from, with the most famous being at the Zurich Opera House, Zurich Old Town and Zurich Main Station also. A particular highlight for me is at the Zurich Main Station where every year a Christmas tree glistens with 7,000 Swarkovski diamonds. The dates for these markets vary, with the earliest starting on the 23rd of November. Most will run right up to the 23rd or 24th of December.

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Hamburg

Hamburg is one of my favourite cities, regardless of the time of year. There is however, something a little bit extra special about the Hamburg Christmas Markets. Taking a stroll along the river Elbe at this time of year is nothing short of enchanting. The Germans know how to do a Christmas market the right way. A mug of Glühwein is nearly a rite of passage for anyone looking to have an authentic Christmas market experience. The City Hall Christmas market takes place from the 26th of November until the 23rd of December. Again though, there are other festive options all across the city.

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Riga

Riga’s reputation as a top city break destination grows rapidly with each passing year. The European Capital of Culture from 2014 has now become one of Europe’s most fashionable cities. Riga’s Christmas Markets don’t break the mould and there is even evidence that shows the first ever Christmas tree was erected here in 1510. The scent of Gingerbread and cinnamon dominates the air and the quaint buildings will fill you up with festive joy.  Sample the splendour of one of the best Christmas markets of the last few years from the 1st of December until the 6th of January.

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Salzburg

The enchanting chiming of bells will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Salzburg’s beauty comes to life during the winter season. The hilly landscapes will give you a chance to enjoy a romantic panoramic. In the city itself, the Salzburg Christmas market has something for all the family. The market stalls selling ornaments, traditional festive food and toys are a joy to walk around. The likelihood of seeing some snow is also quite high, which only adds to the magic of the experience. This year the market runs from the 22nd of November to the 26th of December.

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Strasbourg

What French Christmas is complete without sampling some raclette and fondue. Dishes which are synonymous with French culture will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. They also set you up perfectly for an evening of ambling in and out of Christmas market stalls. There’s nothing more relaxing than an evening enjoying music and wine with a loved one in the stunning city of Strasbourg. The Strasbourg Christmas market runs from the 23rd of November until the 30th of December, giving you plenty of chance to visit “The Capital of Christmas” in 2019

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There is no shortage of wonderful, winter experiences to be had across Europe. Whether it’s a romantic break with your partner or a family getaway to remember, I hope this list of what I think are the best alternative Christmas markets for 2019 will help inspire you to sample the magic for yourself.

 

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Christmas Market Break in Vienna, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €358!

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Oh Vienna………. Is there a better city to enjoy a Christmas market break? I doubt it!  With the introduction of direct flights via the Ryanair website, a Christmas market break in Vienna is more affordable than ever!

 

Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets in Vienna! Vienna’s pretty squares are transformed into Christmas markets and international choir singers perform free of charge.  Aromas of mulled wine and hot cinnamon pastries fill the air, which adds to the magical Christmas atmosphere. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall , “Vienna Magic of Advent” is the most popular, where the square resembles a fairytale land. and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations and enjoy a carousel ride. Market sellers have an array of local products, Christmas decorations and tasty dishes. Another market you can’t miss is  is the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace which is converted into a New Year’s market after Christmas. Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most and run from the 17th of November so if you want to travel a little earlier, just edit the search in the links below.

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You will be staying at the 4* Hotel Schani Wien which is highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Opened in 2015, this modern hotel is only 100 meters from the main train station and there is a tram stop right outside the door to bring you to City Hall and all the Christmas markets.  There is free WiFi available throughout the hotel and there is a bar on-site where you can relax after a day at the markets. If you fancy heading into the city centre, it is only minutes away by tram.

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Fly from Dublin to Vienna on Friday the 7th of December and enjoy a three night stay at the 4* Hotel Schani Wien hotel for only €358! This is great value to see one of Europe’s most beautiful cities at Christmas time.

 

Click here to book flights: €129 per person

Click here to book hotel: €229 per person

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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3 Christmas Market Breaks, Budapest, Berlin or Krakow, 3 Nights, €199 or Less!

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Some cities are best seen in winter. Christmas decorations are everywhere, market stalls sell the perfect stocking fillers and aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air. Of course winter time offers the best value too! Take your pick from my Christmas market breaks – all €189 or less!

 

Budapest

Budapest has several Christmas markets with Vörösmarty Square, being the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in. St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it’s quite spectacular!  Most markets are open from the 27th of November to the 2nd of January but Vörösmarty Square opens from the 11th of November. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue which are all UNESCO world heritage sites!

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Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 11th of December and enjoy a three night stay in the centrally located Agape apartments for only €198 per person.

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Berlin

Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets to choose from with some starting in early November so it’s a great choice for anyone who can’t travel in December. Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families.  Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses and open late November. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts every Friday and there are over 500 stalls! Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless. For more info on Berlin, read my blog here.

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Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 14th of December and enjoy a three night stay in the Ivbergs Hotel Charlottenburg for only €189 per person.

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Krakow

The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is the picture postcard of Christmas markets. This enormous square is full with market stalls selling local hand crafts and hearty food, and is full of Christmas cheer. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th of November to the 23rd of December.

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Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 6th of December and enjoy a three night stay in the centrally located Leone apartments for only €199 per person.

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So the only problem now is, which one of my Christmas market breaks will you choose?  Please note that if the above dates don’t suit, check DEALFINDER to find the best possible prices for the dates you want to go.
  
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Christmas markets are very much back in vogue. Ryanair have added extra capacity to many cities throughout the winter with lots of low priced airfares available.  I chose Berlin as it has over 50 markets to choose from and something to appeal to everyone. Sip some mulled wine while enjoying Christmas carols at the traditional markets of Charlottenburg Castle or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Check out one of the Christmas Rock concerts at the Spandau Old Town market or try Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run at the lively Potsdamer Platz market. For more info on Europe’s top Christmas markets read my blog here.

Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 1st or 8th of December and spend three nights at the Mark Hotel for only €199. Click here for more details.

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Girls Weekend Away:

Marbella is a great choice for a girls weekend away. There is plenty of style and glamour with a beachfront location, what more could you ask for! Sip a cocktail in Sinatras and simply people watch or dance the night away in the many bars or night clubs. There are lots of great shops in the old town that wont break the bank or if you want to flash the cash, there is no better place with lots of designer shops in the port to tempt you.

Fly from Dublin on the 6th of May and stay at the 3* San Cristobal Hotel for three nights for only €219 per person. Click here for more details.

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Family Holiday to Florida:

Florida is THE bucket list destination for families. There are over twelve theme parks and four waterparks so it is an adventure as well as a holiday! Enjoy the magic of Disney and marvel at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Shop till you drop at the outlets or swim with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove. I have chosen the 3* Ramada Gateway Kissimmee Hotel which is close to Disney but also offers a free shuttle bus to all the other main parks.

Fly from Dublin on the 8th of June and spend two weeks here for only €2399 based on two adults and 2 children. Click here for more details.

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Berlin, Christmas Markets, 2nd December, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, €278

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There are are so many Christmas market breaks to choose from but for me Berlin is one of the best!

 

There are over 50 Christmas markets in Berlin so I think it is fair to say if Berlin doesn’t get you into the spirit of Christmas, nothing will! Enjoy shopping for local hand crafts while sipping some mulled wine at the traditional Charlottenburg Castle market. Listen to some gospel singers at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church market while gazing at the 20 meter high Christmas tree. Take in a Christmas Rock concert at the Spandau Old Town market where over 400 stands combine to bring you one of Berlin’s largest markets. And if you are looking for something a little different, check out the Winter wonderland in Potsdamer Platz. The market in the Sony Centre’s 4000 square meter event area is sure to please. If you are feeling adventurous you can try Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run or ice skate on the 500 meter open air rink!

Berlin, Christmas Markets by The Travel Expert

Of course the beauty of Berlin is that it’s one of Europe’s top culture capitals. You can choose from over 175 musems, marvel at the murals on the Berlin Wall, pass through Checkpoint Charlie and watch the sun go down over the Brandenburg gate. Berlin is a city that just has to be explored, for more tips and advice on discovering this fantastic city, check out my blog here. Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 2nd of December and spend three nights in the highly rated Hotel Amano Grand Central, for only €278 per person. Located in the heart of Berlin in Mitte, you are within walking distance of the Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie.

 

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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