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Dĕčín (dyĕˈchēn), Ger. Tetschen, city, Czech Republic, in Bohemia, on the Elbe. It includes (since 1950) the city of Podmokly (Ger. Bodenbach), which is on the left bank of the Elbe. It is a railroad junction, a river port, and an industrial center. Manufactures include machinery, fabricated-metal products, food, textiles, printing, and publishing. Founded in 1128, it was incorporated into Czechoslovakia in 1918. Until World War II, the population was largely German-speaking. The city has a 17th-century castle with a fine library.
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a city in southwestern Czechoslovakia, in the Czech Socialist Republic, in the province of North Bohemia, on the Labe River. Population, 44,200 (1970). It has a landing stage and a railroad junction. In Děčín there are machine-building, chemical, and food industries.

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Friedrich, "Carta al profesor Schulze sobre el altar de Tetschen", en Novalis, Schiller et al., op.
It also flourishes on the Elbe between Madgeburg and the Czech frontier port of Decin, formerly Tetschen, which allows the tour-companies comfortably to package Dresden and its galleries with Berlin and Prague; and to sail into Dresden in the twilight is probably the one approach to it which emphasizes what survives of its grandeur and not what was lost in the Second World War.
1818, which has never been shown outside its home at the Museum Oskar Reinhart in Winterthur, Switzerland, and the seminal Cross in the Mountains (Tetschen Altar), 1807-1808, which will leave the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden for the first time in thirty years.
Hibsch, J.E.: 1891, Die Insel alteren Gebirges und ihre nachste Umgebung im Elbthale nordlich von Tetschen, Jb.