Where To Stay In Munich: Accommodation & Neighbourhood Guide

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Wondering Where To Stay In Munich? Here Are Our Tips!

Heading for Munich? Great idea! Whether you’re visiting Munich on a city trip or for Oktoberfest, the German city is full of great sights and attractions to check out as well as Bavarian culture to immerse yourself in. That said, it can be tough choosing a place to stay in Munich.

We really liked our visit to Munich. We had both been to Munich many times before – but never together! So we headed there as a travel team and explored. We stayed at the H2 Hotel München Olympiapark and even though it isn’t right in the city centre, we really, really liked it!

In this guide, we’ll tell you about the top Munich neighbourhoods to check out, where we stayed, and help you sort through the accommodation options in Munich. From the busy Altstadt (Old Town) to areas like Maxvorstadt and areas with nightlife, there are many cool places to stay in Munich – whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or with family!

If you’re looking for more posts on Munich (and travelling to Germany, in general), check out these articles:

**Friendly Disclosure: We paid for the accommodation we stayed at ourselves and were not told to include it in this article. This is not a “sponsored stay” but our legitimate review.

Where To Stay In Munich – Accommodation Options

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There are hotels in Munich almost everywhere you look – even at Marienplatz!

Munich is the third-largest city in all of Germany. Generally, it’s a very international, safe, and welcoming city. Known to be the epicentre of “Bavarian culture”, Munich hosts the yearly “Oktoberfest” festival (the world’s largest beer festival, in case you didn’t already know).

Beyond the beer jokes, Munich is also a historic city with many attractions related to the history of the city and the country. Because the city is so large and sprawling, the nice thing is that there are many different areas that have their own unique vibe and attract different kinds of people.

Let’s be serious – it would be easy to just say “stay in the Old Town” but you might miss some great areas that actually suit your needs and budget better. Also, staying right in the middle of the touristy centre (Marienplatz) isn’t always for everyone!

So, to help you navigate, this guide is divided into two parts: Accommodations by type – hotels, apartments, etc. – and then the best areas to stay in Munich. This way, if you know the type of accommodation you want, you can get looking right away or if you want to read about the area/neighbourhoods you can do that further down in the post!

Hotels in Munich

Of course, being a busy international city for travellers and business, Munich has a TON of hotels. There are hotels all over the city – and there are hotels for budget travellers and luxury travallers alike. Interestingly, you’ll find that the hotels in Munich are generally located in “clusters”.

This is because the hotels are most of the time located close to something – like the big conference centre (Munich Messe), the Central Station, the fairgrounds for Oktoberfest (Theresienwiese), up at Olympiapark, etc.

Of course, there are also hotels not located in these little pockets, but don’t be surprised if you find hotels lumped together around the city. These clusters also generally have good transit connections to/around the city making them a great choice. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you where these hotels are in the neighbourhood section below.

In short, if you want a hotel in Munich, you will definitely have no shortage to choose from. However, you should book ahead if you know your travel dates because they DO fill up (for Oktoberfest, for example). Below, we’ve divided up the hotels in Munich by type so you can check out ones that line up with your style/needs and budget.

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Budget/Cheap Hotels in Munich

Because Munich is a massive city, there are hotels to suit all budgets – and this includes cheaper/budget hotels. The nice thing about Munich is that because there is such a demand, you can actually find a nice/cozy hotel right in the city centre for a good price or even a deal.

As for “cheap” hotels, there is generally nothing wrong with well-rated hotels that cost less. All this means is that they offer fewer amenities like breakfast or spa access. If you don’t care about the “extra frills”, you’ll have lots and lots of places to choose from in Munich. Consider these hotels in great areas:

*Again, please note that we paid for our stay at H2 ourselves. We don’t do/accept free stays in exchange for blog posts. We figured it would be good based on the reviews – and, yeah, it was packed with all kinds of travellers and was great overall.

Boutique Hotels in Munich

Since Munich attracts people from all walks of life, there are a range of hotels to suit them. Case and Point: there are quite a few quirky, cool, and lavish boutique hotels across the city.

Next time we visit Munich, we’d consider staying at one for sure. Here are three great boutique hotels in Munich below:

Luxury Hotels in Munich

Of course, being a large city with loads of history and charm, there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Munich. While many are located in the heart of the city, others are located in quieter areas with green spaces and restaurants around.

Travellers looking for extra amenities like saunas, steam rooms, buffet breakfasts, or amazing views will get to choose from many hotels rated high for their services and amenities:

Bed and Breakfasts/Guesthouses in Munich

You might be looking for a cozier stay while in Munich. Luckily, while they aren’t too common in the city, there are a handful of bed and breakfasts or guesthouses – called “Pension” in German.

Generally speaking, these accommodations are spread out across the city – but you actually can find some in the city centre. This means that you don’t have to give up on a more central location for a cozy stay! You can check here for bed and breakfasts/guesthouses in Munich.

Below are a handful of the best rated B&Bs or guesthouses across Munich. You can find them below in the neighbourhood section, too:

  • Müller Inn B&B – A cozy but modern B&B with great breakfast in a quiet area of Ludwigvorstadt (Our Pick)
  • Pension Am Jakobsplatz – A simple guesthouse with breakfast right in the city centre
  • Pension Prinz – A cozy and quiet guesthouse with a friendly host and great breakfast

Hostels in Munich

Being a big and popular city, you can bet that Munich has a number of hostels across the city. Backpackers make up some of the travellers to Munich (Eric was once one) so you’ll find the big names in hostels as well as a few unique ones! To get started:

Below are basically the top hostels in Munich from names you’d most likely recognize:

Related: Hostels in Germany We Loved Staying At

Apartments/Aparthotels in Munich

While traditional hotels dominate the accommodation options, you can also find apartments around Munich. However, you should know that Munich is an expensive city to live in with affordable housing begin a real issue.

So, apartment rentals are rarer – and to be honest we don’t recommend Airbnbs since the housing crisis is already bad enough. That said, you can find “aparthotels” – or hotels that offer only apartment-style suites. You still get your own space (and the ability to cook) but there’s also a reception, sometimes a bar, and generally breakfast available.

Aparthotels also make a great base to call your home while you explore Munich with family or with a larger group. You can check here for aparthotels in Munich. Below are a few great ones in nice locations:

Where to Stay in Munich – By Neighbourhood

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Exploring the Alter Botanischer Garten near the Main Station!

Alright, so now that we have covered accommodations in Munich by style, it’s time to talk about the best places/areas to stay in Munich. Keep in mind that these aren’t ALL the areas – but it’s all of the ones travellers (definitely first-time visitors) should be interested in checking out.

In each section, we start with a brief description of the neighbourhood, what attractions are there, and why it might be a great fit for you. After that, we highlight a handful of top accommodation choices you should consider booking. We’ll start with the most central locations in Munich and work our way outward.

That said if you know you’re heading for Munich and you aren’t too picky about which neighbourhood or accommodation to choose, we’ve put together a “top pick” for each area listed below. These are based on reasonable prices, the location in each area, great reviews, and personal experience.

To be as helpful as we can, we also included a small section on staying around (or right at) Munich Airport (MUC). The airport is quite a way outside the city centre to the north but it’s easy to get to by S-train (40 minutes) or driving/taxi (30 minutes).

If you have an early flight or want peace of mind, you can stay much closer to the airport so you don’t have to scramble!

Before we dive in, it’s also good to know that Munich is a very safe city. In fact, it’s considered one of (if not THE) safest large German city. However, as with other popular cities, take precautions in touristy areas against pick-pocketing.

Also, don’t hang around the train station (but that goes for literally every other city, ever). If you’re visiting for Oktoberfest, there’s going to be drunk people – but generally, people are friendly and having fun and not looking to brawl.

Altstadt + Lehel – For Sights & Attractions

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The centre of the city – the Rathaus at Marienplatz!

Of course, if you want to stay in the most central location, you should have a look at the Altstadt (Old Town) and its connected area called Lehel. As you might imagine, this central area is known for history, architecture, and sightseeing.

The area is loosely defined by a “ring road” that circles the whole centre. Beginning with the epicentre of Munich – Marienplatz -, you’ll see sights like the historic Rathaus, Hofbräuhaus München, the Munich Residenz, Frauenkirche, and much, much more.

Of course, some might think that the area is too busy for them and that would be totally fair. However, if you are short on time, have limited mobility, or just want to be within walking distance to top sights, there are lots of great places to stay in the Old Town that aren’t completely touristy.

You’ll also find an incredible mix of shopping, restaurants, bars, cafes – you name it – in the city centre. We had dinner in the Old Town twice and it was excellent both times. The Old Town is also just a short walk through Karlsplatz to the Central Station.

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Featured Accommodations in Munich’s Old Town

Below you’ll find a variety of top accommodations in Munich’s Old Town. Since there are so many to choose from, we wanted to highlight a variety of different options – from affordable to luxury hotels and even a B&B!

In all seriousness, you cannot beat the location if you are looking to be closest to all the best sights and attractions. Just be mindful of the potential noise/crowds and you’ll find tons of great places to stay in Munich’s Old Town! Have look at these awesome options below:

Pension Am Jakobsplatz – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Cozy Guesthouse
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Cannot beat it – right in the heart of the Old Town steps from Marienplatz
  • Featured Amenities: Buffet breakfast, welcoming host

Hôtel du Train – Check Now

  • Style: A Quirky and Cozy “Train” Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: In the Old Town, right between Marienplatz and the central station
  • Featured Amenities: Fun, simple rooms, friendly staff

Platzl Hotel Superior – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Cozy Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Heart of the Old Town, around the corner from Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, gym/steam room, bar onsite

BEYOND by Geisel – Check Now

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There’s BEYOND Hotel in this photo overlooking Marienplatz!
  • Style: A Cozy and Elegant Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Heart of the Old Town, across from the Rathaus on Marienplatz
  • Featured Amenities: Food and drinks all-inclusive with price, amazing breakfast, bar, perfect views of Munich

Ludwigvorstadt-Isarvorstadt – For Nightlife

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The Deutsches Museum is the east border of lively Ludwigvorstadt – Isarvorstadt.

If you don’t want to stay right in the heart of the centre, why not try just south of it in Ludwigvorstadt–Isarvorstadt? This sprawling area stretches from the Isar river in the east (including the famous Deutsches Museum), south, and then east to include Theresienwiese – the fairgrounds where Oktoberfest is held!

Known to be one of the best areas in Munich for nightlife, the area also technically includes the hectic few blocks just south of the Central Train station which is loaded with accommodations.

It’s handy to know that Ludwigvorstadt is well connected to the rest of the city (and itself) by trams above ground and U-Banh stops like Fraunhoferstraße where five subway lines go through!

Overall, we really liked this area because you’ll find a number of great bars and cafes here (many of which made our cafes in Munich post). You can find a mix of beauty and culture here as well with areas like Gärtnerplatz and the river close by.

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Featured Accommodations in Ludwigvorstadt – Isarvorstadt

Below you can find a variety of accommodation options in the Ludwigvorstadt area. Yes, there are many, many hotels here but the area is larger than what’s directly south of the central train station so we’ve included a few places in different locations.

BOLD Hotel München Zentrum – Check Now

  • Style: A Cool and Cozy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: U-Bahn right outside, right beside Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest grounds)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite garage parking, rooms or apartments available, bar, and nice breakfast

Müller Inn B&B – Check Now

  • Style: A Rare Cozy B&B
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right in the heart of the area – our favourite cafes are just down the street!
  • Featured Amenities: Simple, fun rooms, nice breakfast, helpful owner

Arthotel Munich – Check Now

  • Style: A VERY Popular and Fun Art Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Just steps from Munich Central Station, close to Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest grounds)
  • Featured Amenities: Great buffet breakfast included, lovely staff, small onsite parking

ARABEST Aparthotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy But Cozy Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Also just steps from Munich Central Station, close to Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest grounds)
  • Featured Amenities: Full apartments with kitchens, some with balconies

Maxvorstadt – For Culture

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There are LOADS of museums around Königsplatz in Maxvorstadt!

If you are looking to dive into culture, the arts, or it’s raining and you want to check out museums and galleries, then head for Maxvorstadt. This large area just north of the Old Town area is home to a large collection of top art galleries, eateries, and small green spaces.

The area is unique because it’s also wide from west to east. This means that you can technically stay in the area but be as west as the central train station (and be walkable to the Oktoberfest Fairgrounds) or as far east as the English Gardens – with the museums and Königsplatz in between.

The area is also home to the universities so there’s a distinct younger vibe mixed with art and culture here. We liked wandering through the Alter Botanischer Garten (Old Botanical Gardens), the Pinakothek museums, and having coffee near the uni at “Lost Weekend” cafe.

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Featured Accommodations in Maxvorstadt

Below you’ll find a variety of accommodations in the Maxvorstadt district. There are a lot of great hotels available in this wide area above the city centre – so be sure to check the exact location before you book!

Hotel Europa – Check Now

  • Style: A Cool and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to U-Bahn and Museums at Königsplatz
  • Featured Amenities: Nice buffet breakfast, quiet inner garden/terrace, parking onsite available

Citadines Arnulfpark Munich – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Stylish Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: West of the Central Station, trams outside – good location for Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest grounds) 20-minute walk
  • Featured Amenities: Full kitchens, nice breakfast optional!

Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Elegant and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Just beside the Old Botanical Gardens, a quick walk to the train station and Old Town centre (yet still quiet)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite elegant bar/restaurant, spa/indoor pool, outdoor terrace

Schwabing-West – For Youthful Vibes

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The famous English Garden is very close to Schwabing-West…

If you want a more youthful adventure in Munich, you should check out Schwabing-West. Technically speaking, the area of Schwabing is divided into Schwabing-West and Schwabing-Freimann. That said, Schwabing-West is a little more north of the city centre and thus a little quieter.

However, this is a great area for a mix of everything. There are a number of bars, restaurants, cafes, and other places to be social in this area because of its proximity to the universities in Munich. Plus, it’s only a short U-Bahn journey or walk to the city centre.

The main roads through the area – Leopoldstraße and Belgradstraße – are where you’ll find great places for food and drink. Top sights in the area include: English Garden, Luitpold Park, and the Siegestor – which is what separates the area from Maxvorstadt!

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Featured Accommodations in Schwabing-West

Below are a handful of the accommodation options in the Schwabing-West area. You can find many hotels up there – and there are some great ones to choose from. As mentioned, this area has lots going on but isn’t busy like the touristy centre of Munich!

Schwabinger Wahrheit by Geisel – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of the area, close to two U-Bahn stops and the English Gardens
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, bar onsite, sauna

Hotel La Maison – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Sophisticated Design Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Very close to the English Garden, restaurants, and Münchner Freiheit U-Bahn station
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast onsite, good wifi

Das Nikolai Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Boutique and Stylish Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Also close to two U-Bahn stops and even closer to the English Gardens
  • Featured Amenities: Excellent breakfast, welcoming staff, homely feel

Au – Haidhausen – For Residential Vibe

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Crossing the river into green and residential Au – Haidhausen on the right…

If you are travelling to Munich with family and looking for a quiet place to stay, Au – Haidhausen might be for you. Hugging the Isar River, this long and somewhat thin region offers a healthy mix of residential and pockets of restaurants and shops.

We got the chance to explore the area when we headed for Cafe Bla. The area is super walkable from the centre (just cross the river/head to the Deutsches Museum) and you’re there.

It’s become a trendy area in recent years and a gathering place for locals at beer gardens and “Wirtshaus” restaurants. We were going to come back for dinner one evening but we ended up finding another authentic Bavarian restaurant in the centre.

In any case, the area is well connected to the city centre via U-Bahn, features a massive green space (Maximiliansanlagen), and even has its own major train station – München Ost.

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Featured Accommodations in Au – Haidhausen

Below are a number of great accommodations in the neighbourhood. Admittedly, there are a lot of great hotels that make for a nice stay because they benefit from a location in a quieter area. That said, there are lots of nice areas within Au – Haidhausen for you to explore!

Motel One München – Deutsches Museum – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Very close to the S-Train, Cafe Bla, and the Deutsches Museum
  • Featured Amenities: Good breakfast, underground parking, bar, great staff

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre – Check Now

  • Style: A Nice and Dependable Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Just across the river (walkable) to city centre, close to the Deutsches Museum
  • Featured Amenities: Large parking garage, great breakfast, onsite bar/cafe/restaurant

Hotel München Palace – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Close to the river and English Garden, close to U-Bahn and streetcar stops
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, onsite parking, sauna/steam room

Milbertshofen-Am Hart – For Olympic Park

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We liked it up by Olympiapark – there’s the Tower and the Stadium!

If you are travelling to Munich with the intention of not staying right in the heart of the city AND wanting to explore the Olympiapark, then you should stay close by to it in Milbertshofen-Am Hart!

Located to the north of the city – but easily accessible by U-Bahn – this quieter area is great if you are arriving in Munich by car. This is because most hotels have parking and it’s easy to get on and off the highway.

Of course, the city centre is a short subway ride away – but the top attraction Olympic Park with the famous stadium, Tower, and massive green space is close by for you to enjoy. We stayed up here and really liked it!

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Featured Accommodations in Milbertshofen-Am Hart

Below are just a few of the hotels up near/around Olympiapark. There are a number to choose from – and the key point is that with subway access you’re in the city centre in 10/15 minutes.

It’s really easy to get back and forth – and we liked returning to a quieter area for sleeping. It felt like we could leave the busy city behind after a long day of exploring!

H2 Hotel München Olympiapark – Check Now

  • Style: A Beautiful and Trendy, Newer Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Up near Olympiapark, the underground subway stop is physically right outside the lobby doors
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, modern rooms, fast elevators!

Arthotel Ana im Olympiapark – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Trendy Art Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to U-Bahn station. BMW World, and Olympic Park
  • Featured Amenities: Good breakfast, lobby bar, easy parking

Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich – Check Now

  • Style: A Colourful and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid Range
  • Location: Basically beside H2 Hotel, steps from the U-Bahn station (Oberwiesenfeld) to get to city centre and Olympiapark
  • Featured Amenities: Sauna, great breakfast, large outdoor terrace, parking onsite

Trudering-Riem – For Budget

Last, but certainly not least, we have Trudering-Riem. It’s a large area that is defined by its proximity to the Munich Messe (convention centre). You’ll find a blend of residential and commercial out here – but generally, places in the area are well connected via transit to the city centre.

There are also lots of green spaces around the Messe which makes the area quite welcoming and normal feeling for visitors.

Trudering-Riem is also a great area if you have a car because you don’t have to worry as much about finding parking in the heart of the city – and you have easy access to the roadways to get on your way!

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Featured Accommodations in Trudering-Riem

Below are a number of great accommodations in the Trudering-Riem area. If you don’t mind the short train ride each day, you can find some absolute deals for Munich accommodation here!

LetoMotel München City Ost – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple, Clean, and Bright Budget Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: A quick walk to München-Trudering Station (S and U) for transit to city centre, Munich West Station, Messe, and more
  • Featured Amenities: Coffee/Tea in room, friendly staff, parking

Hotel Kreis Residenz München – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Cool Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Walkable to U-Bahn (Moosfeld) to easily get into city centre or Messe
  • Featured Amenities: Kitchenettes, some with full kitchens, parking onsite (for cheap), breakfast included!

Hotel Prinzregent München – Check Now

  • Style: An Authentic and Upscale Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Walkable to S-Train (Riem) to head into city centre, close to Messe Munich
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, onsite Bavarian restaurant, quiet area, parking onsite

Munich Airport – For Flying

As we discussed briefly above, we also wanted to include hotels near Munich Airport (MUC). It’s the second busiest airport in Germany (after Frankfurt), making it a hub of activity that is no stranger to international travellers.

There are a handful of hotels in/near the terminals and then a few accommodations in pockets surrounding the airport. You’ll have no trouble finding a place to stay at Munich Airport.

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Featured Hotels Near/At Munich Airport

Below are two great examples of places to stay near Munich Airport. One is located at the airport grounds while the other is in a small town very close by – with easy access to the airport.

Novotel Munich Airport – Check Now

  • Style: A Very Popular & Cool, Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Within the airport complex/grounds
  • Featured Amenities: Frequent bus to terminals, onsite restaurant/bar

Bayerischer Hof – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the town of Freising, 15-minute drive from the airport
  • Featured Amenities: Great location, excellent breakfast

And there you have it – a rundown of where to stay in Munich! Of course, there are a handful of other areas you could stay in, but the ones above will give you more than enough selection of the best areas to stay in Munich. Munich is a big city so we’re confident you’ll find an accommodation that suits your style and needs!

As always, Happy Munich Hotel Waddlin’,

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