|Elevation||406 m (1,332 ft)|
|Area||21.20 km2 (8.19 sq mi)|
|Density||264 / km2 (684 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||391 65|
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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.
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.
- Václav Pichl (1741–1805), Czech classical composer.
- Ladislav Haškovec (1866–1944), Czech neuropsychiatrist.
- Josefina Napravilová (1914–2014), humanitarian worker, an awardee of the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk in 2009. She lived in Bechyně at the end of her life.
- Municipal website (Czech)
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