Weekend in Oslo

It is the city where the most avant-garde news coexists with the Viking tradition, the wild nature with the modern buildings. Fjords, lakes and forests in the land of the Northern Lights

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Ayuntamiento de Oslo

Venue of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony

  • If you travel to Oslo in December you will be able to see the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, because on December 10 of each year (the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death) the city hall hosts this event.

  • In each edition the building is adorned with flowers and colors that enhance its architecture, while at the end of the main hall a podium is erected for the winner and the Nobel Committee.

  • It can be visited on its own or through free guided tours, with capacity for 30 people, throughout the summer: at 10 am, at noon and at 2 pm.

  • We recommend you access the balconies of the rooms on the upper floor.

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the harbor, Aker Brygge and the Oslo Fjord

  • It is the building that houses the municipal corporation of Oslo and the city administration.

  • In the early Middle Ages, it seems that different buildings in Oslo occasionally held the status of city council.

  • After several different locations over the centuries, the current location was decided at the beginning of the 20th century.

  • The construction of the new City Hall would begin in 1931

  • The works were paralyzed during World War II.

  • It was finally opened in 1950.

  • Comprised of a main structure and two towers, the town hall was designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson.

  • In the eastern tower there are several art studios free to use for those artists who wish to work in them.

  • It is one of the most emblematic and unique buildings in the city.

  • The richness of the interior decoration is a surprising contrast with the sobriety of the exterior.

  • The murals on its walls are magnificent. They include motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life.

  • It is a true art gallery and a reflection of history, since several of the best Norwegian artists of between the 30s and 50s of the last century, including Edvard Munch, have decorated its rooms.

  • The 16 wooden friezes found in the courtyard are very curious and show motifs from Norse mythology: the lives of the gods, stories of wisdom and love, war and hatred, and magnificent visions of the future.

  • Free entrance.

  • +47 23 46 12 00

  • 15 min - 30 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Fortaleza de Akershus

Grand complex of military buildings by the sea

  • One of the most attractive and recommended activities is the start of the changing of the guard, which takes place every day around 1:00 p.m.

  • Do not miss the opportunity to visit the huge halls in which important decisions were made, the dungeons in which rebels and thugs were imprisoned or the crypt where some kings rest.

  • We recommend the Museum of the Norwegian Resistance: a space on the history of the Nazi occupation with special attention to the activities of the resistance movement.

  • The fortress can be visited for free. Entrance to the castle is included in the Oslo Pass.

  • It was built in the Middle Ages as a royal castle in 1290.

  • In the 17th century it was modified in the Renaissance style and surrounded by a fortress with bastions.

  • In the 19th century, the outermost area was used as a site for new urban buildings with public and private functions.

  • The same fortress served the population of the city as a place for recreation and walking.

  • Akershus Beach became a popular seaside resort during the summer and a winter skating rink.

  • At the end of the 19th century a great restoration work began.

  • It currently serves as headquarters, officers' school and accommodation space.

  • The fortress is also home to the Norwegian Defense Museum, the Museum of the Resistance and the Ministries of Defense and Environment.

  • Its impressive architecture corresponds to that of a military fortress, with moats, corridors and wide patios inside.

  • Crossing the wall is like entering a town from the Middle Ages.

  • The main attraction of the fortress is the castle, with an austere character on the outside but with an interior that surprises with its perfectly preserved decoration.

  • There is a recreation area for "Vikings" who use its interior to practice with swords. It's very funny.

  • It is a beautiful place near the port. The proximity of the sea gives it an atmosphere of serenity.

  • The small stream lined by benches to sit that crosses the enclosure is very welcoming.

  • The views from its highest area are spectacular, since they reach a wide extension of the territory from the bay to the fjords.

  • Free entrance.

  • +47 23 09 39 17

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Every day from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Ópera de Oslo

Impressive and modern auditorium and viewpoint at the same t

  • We recommend arriving before the spectators start arriving. That way you can explore the wooden setting, unusual in an auditorium, and which is a reminder of Norwegian nature and history.

  • One of the most attractive decorative elements in the venue is the 7 meter diameter chandelier.

  • It is made of bars of hand-cast glass illuminated through LED lights. When it is turned on or off, it looks like a moon.

  • It is the most important performing arts center in that country.

  • It opened in 2008 and was designed by the Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta.

  • Inspired by an iceberg emerging from the sea, the building is entirely clad in white Carrara marble and glass.

  • The peculiar structure of the building has given the pier back to the citizens and visitors of Oslo.

  • It has a huge interior space with spectacular designs.

  • There are three differently designed stages, numerous public rooms and auditoriums to explore, and a vibrant workplace for more than 600 opera and ballet professionals.

  • Throughout the year the Opera House hosts a wide variety of open-air plays, concerts and other events.

  • It is a beautiful surface designed to walk on.

  • The innovative configuration of the Opera House, with its roof covered in marble, will show you new and different angles of the city.

  • To the right you can see the archipelago of fjords with small traditional summer houses made of wood and painted in bright and optimistic colors.

  • To the left you can see downtown Oslo and the many fairytale-shaped hills and mountains that hug it.

  • One of many examples of amazing design by different artists is the perforated cladding created by artist Olafur Eliasson.

  • Entrance to the building is free. The price of the opera varies according to each performance.

  • +47 21 42 21 21

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Admission: Only to attend performances in the auditorium. Hours: - Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 21:00.



A beautiful modern and cosmopolitan neighborhood

  • We recommend visiting Barcode, the Akrobaten pedestrian bridge and the new bathing area in Sørenga.

  • Barcode buildings are long and narrow with some space between them, giving them that barcode look. The idea is to highlight the opening towards the fjord, as well as the passage of light and air.

  • The Akrobaten Bridge's design, made of steel and glass, has become a popular place to shoot movie scenes and take pictures. You can not lose this!

  • The old Sørenga container dock in Oslo has been transformed into a popular place to go canoeing.

  • At the southernmost tip is the Sørenga Seawater Pool, a popular leisure center for the people of Oslo.

  • It is situated in the small bay of the Oslo Fjord that serves as the mouth of the Akerselva River.

  • Since 2000 it has been the subject of major urban renewal projects that have transformed it from a container port to a cultural center.

  • The most important changes and the most interesting architectural modifications take place in Bjørvika.

  • The barriers that separated the city from the fjord have been eliminated: roads, train tracks and cargo ports.

  • These restoration works are part of the "Fjord City" project. When finished it will contain the headquarters of several cultural institutions.

  • In 2008 the Norwegian Parliament decided to build the new Munch Museum, the Stenersen Museum and the Oslo Public Library in Bjørvika.

  • The Opera House is located in this area. We have dedicated our own section due to its importance.

  • This modern and cosmopolitan neighborhood is a very good option to enjoy the Oslo nightlife.

  • In addition to its avant-garde buildings, it has a wide range of entertainment venues where you can enjoy music and live performances until the early hours of the morning.

  • This area invites you to live life by the sea.

  • Free access.

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Aker Brygge

Beautiful port area on the shores of the fjord

  • To visit various attractions of the city for free or with discounts, you have the possibility of purchasing the Oslo Pass card from € 44.

  • It also allows unlimited use of public transport including the ferry.

  • The Oslo Pass card is collected at the Tourist Office, next to the main exit of the Oslo Sentralstasjon railway station. There you can also get a map of the city.

  • Remember that 1 Norwegian krone (NOK) equals € 0.099.

  • It is an old shipyard where some industries were established from the 19th century.

  • A suburb of the city of Oslo developed in this port area around the new economic activity.

  • The area was home to shipyards and industries until 1982.

  • Aker Brygge, as we know it today, was built in several phases.

  • Some old industrial buildings were demolished while several workshops were transformed into commercial areas.

  • The first phase of construction ended in 1986.

  • The fourth and final phase of the project concluded in 1998.

  • It currently contains a commercial center with shops and restaurants, a cinema, offices and apartments.

  • In addition, there is a small port and a terminal for the service of the boats that cover the route through the fjord.

  • This place presents a particular aspect, as the modern and functional architecture meets the elegant old shipyards.

  • It is a very lively area, especially in summer; a common meeting place for both locals and visitors.

  • In the pedestrian street, which runs along the quay, there are many terraces with magnificent views over the quay and the Oslo fjord.

  • In summer there is a curious floating bar docked at the jetty.

  • Free access.

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed



Natural paradise a few minutes from the urban center

  • The island of Hovedøya is small, so it is advisable to explore its forests, beaches, meadows, nature and history on foot.

  • If you go in summer, you can enjoy a bath. In winter you have the option of ice skating.

  • Please note that camping and bonfires are prohibited on the island.

  • Ferry times vary according to the season of the year.

  • It is one of the islands located in the Oslo Fjord.

  • The island is accessed by ferry from Aker Brigge which is free if you have the Oslo Pass card.

  • The crossing lasts about ten minutes and the boats pass every half hour.

  • There are areas enabled for different activities: On the west side of the island there are two large stretches of beach. In the central area of the island there is a meadow where it can be used for various games and activities. In the north are the ruins of a Cistercian cloister dating from 1147, one of the few medieval remains that are still preserved in Oslo.

  • The abbey was burned down during the war of succession to the throne in 1532.

  • In the same area there are two cannons and two gunpowder stores from the 19th century, which correspond to the period in which the island was used by the Norwegian military forces.

  • Currently one of the warehouses is used for art exhibitions.

  • The island of Hovedøya is a splendid place to enjoy both the forest and the beach.

  • It is surprising to find this idyllic place so close to the city.

  • It is a must for nature lovers: it has a particularly rich biodiversity because many of the species that need warm summers and mild winters to survive have their northern limit inside the Oslo Fjord.

  • Consequently, the entire island is a protected area and habitat for species that cannot be found anywhere else in Norway.

  • Free access.

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Karl Johan Gate

The main street in the city of Oslo

  • We recommend you visit the Stortoget flower market; It is a large open-air market for flowers and plants.

  • The market takes place all year round but is especially colorful during spring: an explosion of colors and scents in the urban environment.

  • It is the main street of the city; a pedestrian path that crosses the center from the train station to the Royal Palace.

  • Karl Johans Street is the result of the union of several old streets that, at the time, were separate roads.

  • The eastern section was part of the original city in the time of King Christian IV, near the walls that surrounded the city.

  • During the construction of the cathedral the walls were removed, giving rise to Østre Gade, the first name this street received.

  • The western section was built during the 1840s as a road connecting the recently built Royal Palace to the rest of the city.

  • In 1852 it was renamed Karl Johan's Gate, in honor of the recently deceased king.

  • It is one of the liveliest and busiest streets in the city

  • Along its route we find a large number of commercial premises, tourist attractions and many people walking.

  • It reflects openness as well as the cosmopolitan character of Oslo wrapped in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

  • Make up one of the usual places to buy a gift or souvenir.

  • Free access

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Castillo y Parque del Castillo

Official residence of the Norwegian monarchs in the city

  • Please note that the palace is only open to visitors from late June to mid-August.

  • Guided tours last about an hour.

  • We recommend you not to miss any detail of the so-called Bird Room, whose walls are decorated with beautiful murals of birds.

  • Don't forget that the gardens are open to the public from mid-May to October.

  • If it coincides with your schedule, it is advisable to see the changing of the guard.

  • Every day at 1:30 p.m., the Guard of His Royal Highness parades for forty minutes.

  • The march begins half an hour earlier at Akerhus Fortress.

  • It was built in the 19th century.

  • Until the completion of the palace, the Norwegian royalty resided in Paléet, a magnificent palace located in Oslo.

  • In 1905 King Hakon VII became the first monarch to use the palace permanently.

  • During that same year, weekly meetings with the Council of State were introduced, a tradition that has continued to this day.

  • Currently the palace is a place of work and meetings but not a residence.

  • In 2017 the old stables of the palace were renovated and turned into a multipurpose art space called in Norwegian Dronning Sonja KunstStall, in honor of the queen consort Sonia.

  • The building is used as an art gallery, museum and concert hall and is open to the public.

  • It is an austere and majestic construction in the heart of the city.

  • From there there are impressive views of Oslo, as the palace is perched on a hill.

  • One of the most striking aspects of this space is that it is not a restricted area. On the contrary, it is possible to approach the same door.

  • The gardens surrounding the palace are spectacular. Its trees and sculptures are a true work of art of nature and of the human being.

  • Adults: 140NOK. Children, students and people over 60: 110NOK. Children under three years of age and people with reduced mobility: free entry

  • +47 22 04 87 00

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: - Tours of the palace: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours in English take place every day from 12:00 to 16:00. - June 25: closed. - Access to the gardens is free.


Mathallen Oslo

The largest market in Oslo: a space for meeting

  • If you have time and you like climbing, very close to the Market you can visit the Vulkan Climbing Center, a space equipped with climbing walls for all levels.

  • It has two walls of 14 m of altitude and another vertical one that measures 10.5 m.

  • There is also a small section of bouldering: a climbing modality that consists of climbing blocks of rock or small walls without the need for conventional climbing protection materials

  • Climbing trips are organized both in the Oslo area and in other mountain and glacier areas.

  • It is a large covered market with cafes, restaurants and specialty shops.

  • It is considered the first gastronomic market in Norway.

  • It opened its doors to the public in 2012.

  • It was installed in an old steel foundry factory.

  • Its location is privileged because it occupies a restored building, which unites the historical heritage with the avant-garde design.

  • This market, in particular, offers a wide variety of local items directly from the producer to the consumer.

  • We can also find positions that sell gender from other countries

  • The Mathallen Market houses a large meeting room where cooking courses are held and is also used for parties and various events.

  • The market of any town is one of the appropriate places to discover its character and that of its inhabitants.

  • Visiting the market means living with the people who live in Oslo in their daily lives.

  • Spaces like the Mathallen Market make going to the market much more than running from one stall to another, waiting in queues and returning home carrying bags.

  • We can buy and at the same time let ourselves be seduced by the exhibition of products that turn this group of shops into a real fair, recreating ourselves in everything they show us.

  • Free access.

  • +47 22 40 40 00

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 20:00. Sunday: from 11:00 to 18:00. Closed Monday.



A journey through time

  • In September the river festival is celebrated. Both banks are lit with candles. An essential if the dates coincide.

  • A great way to explore many of the Akerselva trails is by bike.

  • A recommended site that is found along the route is the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology.

  • This space illustrates the transformation of Norwegian agrarian society into a complex industrial society.

  • A science center with interactive learning and games especially interesting for the little ones.

  • The Akerselva River rises from Lake Mardalsvannet, runs through some of the most important parts of the city and empties into the Oslo Fjord

  • Akerselva was the cradle of Norwegian industrialization, which took place during the second half of the 19th century.

  • Sawmills, textile factories, and mechanical workshops were powered by hydroelectric power provided by the force of the waters.

  • The use of the river has survived to this day. Practically all the energy of the Nordic country has its origin in the river courses.

  • Currently Akerselva is a green lung of the city. It has a magnificent forest area, waterfalls and a very diverse wildlife.

  • The old factory buildings have been converted into recreation and leisure venues.

  • Strolling along the riverside is a very interesting way to get to know Oslo.

  • It is not only a natural space but also a journey through history, as its industrial heritage is located here.

  • Throughout the year there are activities to enjoy at the Akerselva: bathing areas in summer and ice rinks in winter.

  • Free access.

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed



One of the most popular and lively areas of Oslo

  • The painter Edvard Munch grew up in this neighborhood. Although you will not be able to visit the houses in which he lived, the good state of conservation of the buildings in this area will transport you to Oslo at the end of the 19th century.

  • It is an old working-class neighborhood converted into a leisure area.

  • It stands out for its street art samples, its original cafes and its trendy nightclubs.

  • Designer items and vintage clothing are sold in its alternative stores.

  • There is the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture, which always organizes interesting events and temporary exhibitions.

  • Markets are held on weekends where you can find handicrafts, kitchen utensils, jewelry and decorative items.

  • There are several options for nightlife: Old factories where concerts are held. The Blå jazz club: a former gold and diamond warehouse that is now one of the great alternative clubs in Oslo, very popular for its concerts.

  • Grünerløkka is a nonconformist oasis that invites us to lose ourselves in its streets and let time fly in original cafes, vintage clothing stores, galleries, restaurants, markets and green areas.

  • It is a fascinating area for the creativity that it shows in every corner.

  • This unconventional neighborhood offers us the possibility of having 100% local experiences and integrating ourselves in the spirit of Oslo.

  • Free access.

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Holmenkollen Ski Museum

World ski center with its spectacular springboard

  • From central Oslo the round trip takes about an hour and a half.

  • We recommend you climb to the top of the trampoline tower as you will enjoy magnificent views.

  • Be sure to visit the simulator to experience the sensation of ski jumping from the trampoline.

  • The Korketrekkeren toboggan run is a lot of fun and highly recommended.

  • The area has other attractions including the ski slope known as Oslo Winterpark and the Kragstøtten statue, located on top of a hill and also providing a spectacular panorama.

  • Holmenkollen is a mountainous area located on the outskirts of Oslo

  • It has been a recreational ski area since the late 19th century with its famous ski jumping platform hosting competitions since 1892.

  • Founded in 1923, the museum is located at the foot of the Holmenkollen springboard.

  • It shows 4000 years of ski history; from those used by the ancient Vikings to move on frozen surfaces to the current models designed for the practice of sport.

  • It hosts exhibits on equipment used on polar expeditions and on outdoor life in the forest areas of Oslo.

  • When the snow disappears, the winter park becomes the summer park, specially designed for cycling or climbing.

  • In the Holmenkollen facilities, in addition to the museum, you can discover different aspects of Norwegian ski culture, such as the huge Olympic diving board.

  • It is a great starting point to exercise this sport.

  • It is an icon of ski jumping competitions. The ramp structure is a magnificent piece of engineering.

  • The whole area of Holmenkollen is wonderful; The perfect combination between nature and human work is impressive.

  • Museum and trampoline: Adults: 110 NOK. Children: 55 NOK. Free entry with the Oslo Pass card.

  • +47 916 71 947

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


El monolito del Parque Vigeland

The most famous and amazing park in Oslo

  • We recommend you not to lose detail of these three works: The Monolith, a block of granite that is sculpted with intertwined human figures. The Angry Child. The Wheel of Life, in which seven human figures, four adults and three children, form a circle.

  • It was created by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland between 1907 and 1942 on behalf of the Oslo city council.

  • It was an agreement, since the Town Hall was going to demolish the building where the artist's studio was located.

  • Vigeland would receive a space as a study and home and in return promised to donate all his work.

  • Therefore, the park is a permanent exhibition of the sculptures that Vigeland sculpted throughout most of his life.

  • It houses more than 200 works made of stone and bronze.

  • It is divided into five areas: The entrance gate. The bridge. The fountain. The monolith. The wheel of life.

  • Gustav Vigeland wanted to express his message with this source: "Man's time is only a small portion in the cycle of life."

  • Impressive open-air museum in which the sculptures reflect different moods and moments of existence.

  • It is very exciting to walk through this park, as it leads us to evoke the events of daily life and important moments and stages such as birth, childhood, adolescence, first love, maturity, children, family, old age and death.

  • The nudity of the figures is shocking and at the same time endearing, which causes a great feeling of freedom.

  • Free access.

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Museo del Pueblo Noruego

A representation of Norwegian history outdoors

  • If you travel to Oslo in the summer and with children, don't miss the many activities for them, including traditional dances, handicrafts, hosts and guides dressed in traditional costumes and an old-time playground.

  • Every year a large Christmas market is held.

  • We recommend the exhibitions that you will find throughout the museum tour, which showcase regional costumes as well as samples of Lappish crafts and culture.

  • One of the most attractive buildings is the wooden church built in 1200, which was one of the first pieces to be part of the exhibitions.

  • It is one of the largest open-air museums in the world.

  • It shows the history and culture of the different regions of Norway through more than 150 old houses in which traditional articles are exposed.

  • It features farms that show how life used to be in rural areas in the past.

  • You can admire an old gas station and pharmacy, fully furnished and decorated houses, or a food store where you can eat or do some shopping of typical products.

  • In the most modern area of the museum, it is possible to visit an apartment building set in different times that have great details, from the clothes in the closets to the television or radio programs that were broadcast at the time.

  • Touring this site means getting a little closer to knowing the history of the Norwegian people through their buildings and their way of life.

  • Museum employees wear traditional clothing, so visitors can feel as if they were in different parts of Norway at different times during the itinerary.

  • It is a walk through nature combined with a cultural and historical lesson, which is a pleasant and pleasant visit ideal for children and adults.

  • It is quite different to visit it in winter or in summer. In winter it is more nostalgic, as the weather conditions make the place a more romantic place, especially if it is snowy.

  • In the warmer months it is a very happy and lively space

  • Adults: 160 NOK. Students and seniors over 60: NOK 120. Children between 6 and 15 years old: 40 NOK. Children under 6 years old: free entry. Oslo Pass: free entry.

  • +47 22 12 37 00

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    From May 15 to September 14: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - From September 15 to December 23: Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - From September 15 to December 23: Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Museo de barcos vikingos de Oslo

Exhibits the best preserved Viking ships in the world

  • We recommend you not to miss any detail of the exquisite carved wooden decoration of the Oseberg ship, which dates from the year 820 and was built in oak.

  • You can even see remains of the original painting.

  • The best way to appreciate it is to go up to a viewpoint located on the second floor above the lobby.

  • The documentary that is projected on one of the museum walls three times a day about the Viking era is very interesting.

  • The ships were found in three large royal tombs in the vicinity of the Oslo fjord.

  • They were buried more than 1,100 years ago to transport their royal owners to the realm of the dead.

  • The museum also shows other finds made in the tombs: small boats, sleds, the only carriage from the Viking age, textiles and household objects.

  • Discovered in 1904, the Oseberg ship is the one in the best state of preservation.

  • The Gokstad ship dates from approximately 890, it is 23 meters long and 5 meters wide, and many utensils were found inside. It was found in 1884.

  • The Tune ship was found in 1867, although it appeared in poor condition and it is barely possible to see the deck today.

  • You will have the feeling of having taken a leap in time to relive the time of the Vikings.

  • The museum gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the day-to-day life of this line of warriors and sailors.

  • During the visit to the museum you can learn many interesting details about this culture.

  • Admiring the ships and objects on display, the first thing that comes to mind are the images of the Vikings sailing in their drakkars to unknown territories.

  • Adults: NOK 100. Students and seniors over 60: 80NOK. Under 18s: free entry. Oslo Pass: free entry.

  • +47 22 13 52 80

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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