Bechyně

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Coordinates: 49°17′50″N 14°28′15″E / 49.29722°N 14.47083°E / 49.29722; 14.47083
Bechyně
Town
Náměstí v Bechyni.jpg
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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region South Bohemian
District Tábor
Little District Tábor
Elevation 406 m (1,332 ft)
Coordinates 49°17′50″N 14°28′15″E / 49.29722°N 14.47083°E / 49.29722; 14.47083
Area 21.20 km2 (8.19 sq mi)
Population 5,598
Density 264 / km2 (684 / sq mi)
First mentioned 993
Mayor Jaroslav Matějka
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 391 65
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Bechyně
Website: www.mestobechyne.cz
Bechyně at the beginning of 20th century.  Photographed by Šechtl and Voseček.

Bechyně (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbɛxɪɲɛ]), is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It is located on the Lužnice River 20 km southwest of Tábor and has a population of 5,695 (2005).

The town is the terminus of the railway line from Tabor. This was built in 1903 and was the first electrified railway in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The original passenger train is preserved and operates several times each summer.[1]

A 13th century castle was built in Bechyně, although almost none of that original structure remains today. A reconstruction in the late 16th century and subsequent renovation in the 1670s resulted in the structure that stands there today.[2]

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