Ukmergė city has been known since the 14th century and can be considered one of the oldest cities in Lithuania. Destroyed by fire in the year 1877, Ukmergė was swiftly rebuilt and continues to be a great reminder of that era. The compact Ukmergė downtown is surrounded by the typical 19th-century outer districts, still consisting of detached single-family wooden dwellings. In the old town you can find two churches, the Ethnographic museum, parks and many other interesting sites. Ukmergė regularly organizes cultural activities and festivals. Particularly, its International Percussion Festival, which will celebrate its 16th edition in 2020, attracts visitors from all over Europe.
The city is easy to reach by plane, as it is at just about 70 kilometers from Vilnius or Kaunas international airports. Its proximity to the highway also provides an easy access to the city for visitors and tourists travelling from Vilnius to Panevėžys or Riga.
The specific challenge for Ukmergė city is the improvement of the urban environment, developing alternatives for degraded historic areas, and the cultural value of the city as a tool for urban development, economic and social revitalization. By joining URBACT, Ukmergė aims at finding ways to revitalize the old town and make it more attractive for tourists and small businesses, as well as a centre of cultural and social life in the city.