|Residents :||10,759 (2018)|
|Time zone :||EET (UTC + 2)|
|Mayor :||Alo Aasma|
|Postal address :||Keskväljak 14
Paide is located in the center of the country, from which the city motto "Estonia's heart" ( Estonian Eestimaa süda ) is derived.
In the Middle Ages , the 13th century castle of Paide marked the Danish sphere of influence. It was built from white limestone (Estonian paekivi ), from which the German name “Weissenstein”, which was used from the 17th century onwards , is derived from the Low German Wittenstein (also Wittensten ). Paide was first mentioned in writing in 1265 and received city rights in 1291 . While the castle was destroyed, the mighty, 30-meter-high tower, the octagonal "Lange Hermann", was preserved and is today the town's landmark.
In 2017 the municipalities of Estonia were restructured. This increased the area of Paide considerably and numerous surrounding villages were incorporated into the actual city.
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|Figures 2017 before (1) and after (2) the reorganization of the municipalities|
Paid maintains city partnerships with
Culture and sights
The main sights are the ruins of the medieval order castle with the tower restored in 1993, which today serves as a gallery, the town hall with its Art Nouveau facade (1920) and the main square with the church, which was rebuilt in 1848.
In the city museum you can see the interior of the city pharmacy, which was set up in the 18th century and to which Hermann Hesse's grandfather , Karl Hermann Hesse (1802–1896), who worked as a district doctor in Paide, sent his patients. Today he is buried in the Reopalu cemetery in Paide; his niece Monika Hunnius dedicated her book Mein Unkel Hermann to him. Memories of old Estonia .
The most famous football club in the region is Paide Linnameeskond , who competes in the first division ( Meistriliiga ). The rugby team called Paide RFC currently plays in the Estonian First League. The KK7 basketball team also plays first class.
sons and daughters of the town
- Carl Gotthard Hammerbeck (1800–1870), pastor of Weissenstein and St. Annen
- Johannes Hesse (1847–1916), missionary and publishing director , father Hermann Hesse
- Harald Kaarman (1901–1942), Estonian national soccer player
- Ita Ever (born 1931), actress
- Arvo Pärt (* 1935), composer
- Toomas Raudam (* 1947), writer
- Oleg Grigoryevich Kulinkowitsch (* 1948), chemist
- Vello Loemaa (* 1951), Estonian major general
- Andres Rundu (* 1960), diplomat
- Jaanus Marrandi (* 1963), politician
- Neeme Väli (* 1965), Estonian major general
- Ain-Alar Juhanson (* 1976), triathlete
- Carmen Kass (* 1978), model , chess official
- Tarmo Neemelo (* 1982), soccer player