Next to the castle lies this nice church. The moath goes around the church as well and kids were using the side of the moath to play in the snow.
We stopped over in Poltsamaa to see this beautiful castle ruin. It was apparently build by various conqueres over 3 centuries from 1272. One batch of conqueres were the Teutonic Order, who started building this castle on the northern border of their just conquered land.
There's a wine cellar in the court yard of the castle.
There are some cute little locally owned shops in Poltsamaa selling locally made arts and crafts or bakery. Try the sugary bretzels or black bread made in Kördiööbiku Bakery. The smell will take you there. The bakery is in an old house which used to be a school long time ago. Lemmik lilleäri has some amazing women working there who will do the most creative flower arrangements for you. This place also smells good. The little handicraft shop sells knitwear and patchowrk and other things with soul, made by local people who mostly do handicraft as a hobby. The arts and crafts shop in the medieval castle yard is also selling locally produced works while the focus is more on paintings.
What to buy: While in Poltsamaa, try also the wine and cheese made there
Favorite thing: Poltsamaa is a lovely Estonian smalll town with a romantic flavour. It used to be the residence of the king of Livonia in 1500s. It also used to be an important centre of the national awakening and the enlightenment era. Now it is known for the wine making, a big rose garden, and summer events in the castle yard, beautiful river and many bridges, a rose island on the river in the centre of the town, a new sculpture park and older parks.