Bechyně

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Bechyně
Town
Náměstí v Bechyni.jpg
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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; 14.47083Coordinates: 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 5,154 (2016)
Density 243/km2 (629/sq mi)
First mentioned 993
Mayor Pavel Houdek
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. Also known as Bechin or Beching in German. as 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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