(Eesti) Ukmerge: avatud ja avastamisväärt
Today, Ukmerge is not an industrial town. However, for a region so small as Ukmerge, there is quite much to see and interesting places to visit. There are 3 catholic churches, a wooden church of Old Believers, also known as Russian Starovery, an orthodox church and a former Synagogue located in the city. Tourists coming to Ukmergė should have a tour around the area and visit the Museum of Regional studies in which also art expositions and cultural events are held. Also, do take a trip to the burial ground of Lithuanian partisans, remains of Vaitkuškis mansion, Vepriai mansion and a park, a former underground nuclear rocket base in Kopūstėliai village, famous Moko, Šaltupio and Veprių stones as well as beautiful mounds, springs and river valleys. Those interested in sports could try kayak trips as Ukmergė is established on Šventoji river shore and its boat tourism is very popular and well developed.
Outside Ukmerge there is another exceptional place to visit – Taujenai Manor. This estate was founded in the second half of the 16th century. Earl Benediktas Marikonis who ruled the estate in the second half of the 18th century built classicistic manor house in 1802 and nearby planted an English-style park which was the largest flower garden in Lithuania during interwar. In the park there were also tunnels for the torture of unruly serfs and the remains of these are today open to visitors. In the 19th century the estate was well known for its exclusiveness and richness. The interior of the manor house was abundantly decorated with portraits of Radvilos family, sculptures, hunting trophies and antique weapons. Taujėnai estate was owned by Radvilos family till the start of Soviet times. Its last governor was Konstantinas Radvila (born in 1837) who was exiled to Siberia in 1941 and died there. Today Taujėnai manor is the center of recreation, active vacations, conferences and entertainment. This is the place where the spirit of old times and mightiness of manors are in harmony with contemporary aesthetics. Manor house and its’ surroundings have been restored and in their grand beauty are perfect for gatherings and cultural events.