What to do and see in Poltsamaa, Estonia: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Milan Banda

Põltsamaa (German: Oberpahlen) is a town in Põltsamaa Parish, in Jõgeva County, Estonia. The town is situated on the Põltsamaa river, and features a 13th-century castle.
Restaurants in Poltsamaa

1. Poltsamaa Castle

Lossi 1, Poltsamaa 48103, Estonia +372 775 1390
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Poltsamaa Castle

Poltsamaa's stone fortress was constructed on the banks of the river in 1272. Between 1570 and 1578 it was the residence of Livonia's King Magnus. Repeatedly pillages, the castle was rebuilt by Woldemar Johann von Lauw in the 18th century as a grand rococo-style palace. The castle, and the church built into its cannon tower, burnt down in 1941. The church was restored by 1952, and the castle ruins came under preservation during the 1970s.Did you know...?- The forecourt of the castle hosts open air events- The round courtyard holds a tourist information point and the Poltsamaa Museum; a wine cellar with a food museum; the Estonian Press Museum; the pART Gallery; clay, handicraft and other workshops; and the castle's restaurant.

Reviewed By PhilipRylah - United Kingdom

There isn't a huge amount to see in Poltsamaa but there are the castle walls alongside the river, a park, and a couple of decent restaurants / cafes making this for us a pleasant lunch stop on the way to Tallinn from Tartu. We ate at the new Kohvik O cafe very near the castle, which offered good reasonably-priced food in a modern Scandinavian style setting.

2. Poltsamaa Rose Garden

Mallikvere Kula, Poltsamaa, Estonia +372 776 9877
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Poltsamaa Rose Garden

The rose garden exhibits 5000 rose plants and almost 1000 different rose varieties. During the excursion visitors will see various rose varieties, and they will learn about their history and legends and other interesting facts. Roses mostly bloom from the middle of June to the middle of September, depending on the weather.

Reviewed By Robert L

Having lived in Latvia for 4 years now and visiting Estonia at least 2x per month I can say with out exception that some of the staff at this garden are rude po faced and completely with out any customer graces which i might say is completely the opposite to how i have been treated since i settled here ,as to the garden ,yes many types of roses poor presentation could be fantastic with some guidence and a lesson in manners

3. St. Nicholas' Church

Lossi 3, Poltsamaa 48103, Estonia +372 776 9915
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This Lutheran church, originally constructed on a bastion and the town's walls, was restored from its war-time ruins 50 years ago. Its altar, pulpit, lights and tower bells (XIX) are from the now defunct University of Tartu church.

Reviewed By jajalela - Earth City, Missouri

Was lucky to arrive just by the start of an excellent concert by famous Estonian singer. Beautiful event to be cherished.

4. Kuningamae kardirada

Poltsamaa-Vohma, Poltsamaa 48011, Estonia +372 523 9075
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Kuningamae kardirada

Reviewed By Father_Aleks

I can't say the configuration is heavy- it's a typical "outer loop" with few zigs inside. At the same time, everyone can reach the top speed there, even a newbie. And that's a bit tricky - you have to be in a good shape if you want to keep the track more than 1 race.
Check the weather if you are going to ride - owners won't allow you to drive if the asphalt is wet.

5. Poltsamaa Museum

Lossi 1b, Poltsamaa 48103, Estonia +372 775 1390
Poltsamaa Museum

Poltsamaa Museum is located within the walls of an ancient Poltsamaa Castle (1272). Museum gives you an overview of the glorious past of the stronghold and introduces the history of Poltsamaa town and the district in general. Guided tours in 5 different languages are available (pre-booking required). You will also find Poltsamaa Tourist Information Point with a small souvenir shop from the museum.

6. Voisiku Manor

Voisiku tee 6, Poltsamaa 48029, Estonia

Voisiku manor was first mentioned in 1558. It was one of the biggest manors in Livonia in the 18th and 19th centuries, stretching from Poltsamaa to Lake Vortsjarv. There were 52 buildings on the manor originally, some of which we can still see today, and a further 67 in outlying parts of the manor and its mirror factory. Lord of the manor Timotheus Eberhard von Bock, who drew up Russia's first constitution for Emperor Alexander I and was sent to the Schlusselburg fortress for 9 years for doing so, is the central character in Estonian author Jaan Kross' novel "The Emperor's Madman".Did you know...?*Today the main building houses Voisiku Nursing Home and can only be viewed from the exterior

7. Lake Kamari Recreation Area

Vaike-Kamari kula, Poltsamaa, Estonia

Lake Kamari recreation area has become an extremely popular destination among holiday-makers for its beautiful views and Forests. There are two jetties, areas for beach volleyball and football, a shower and toilets, benches and a playground for small children with swings and a slide. The swimming area is marked by buoys and there is also a children's pool.

Lossi 1, Poltsamaa 48103, Estonia +372 775 1168

Gallery pART is located in the Poltsamaa Castle complex. It is an unheated extreme gallery built in a loft, and as we all know: ART is not afraid of the cold. There is a new exhibition of professional art in Gallery pART every month. Useful information: The gallery consists of two parts and has 200 square metres of space in total. Gallery pART was established by members of the Art Society.

9. Sopruse Park

Poltsamaa, Poltsamaa, Estonia +372 776 8520

Sopruse Park is the newest park in Poltsamaa, with the first tree being planted here in May 1973. Today it has more than 6000 trees, most of them brought from Luua Forestry School. Many of its trees have been planted by well-known Estonian and foreign figures from the social sphere and the fields of sports and culture. There are also a number of sculptures in the park, including the monumental 'Road to Olumpos', on which are enscribed the names of all of Estonia's Olympic medal winners throughout history.

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