Šmerlis is one of the forests within Riga’s borders on the Eastern part between Teika and Jugla neighbourhoods and adjoining the Biķernieku forest.
I have spent many hours here during romantic outings and many walks because the forest is quite huge compared to other green areas in Riga like the central parks. It’s so big, that when I’m walking here I don’t meet many people and if you come here for the first time without GPS navigation, you can get lost, but don’t be afraid, because it is always almost impossible to get lost within the city borders.
The forest is beautiful in every season, in the summer it is full of life, a lot of small animals live here, during the autumn it gets yellowish and red, and during the winter Šmerlis becomes a forest from fantasy tales. During the spring the life comes back and I truly smell a natural forest here, which is so rare now in Europe.