The Ultimate Guide to Lago di Braies (Without the Crowds)

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Kate + Vin

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Lago di Braies is pure Valhalla for mountain lovers. Here is your guide to enjoying the Pearl of the Italian Dolomites at its most pristine — including the 2024 restrictions you need to know before visiting.

When you picture paradise, what do you see? If you’re a mountain lover like us, chances are a scene strikingly similar to the sight of Lago di Braies (also known as Pragser Wildsee, Lake Braies and Lake Prags) floats through your mind.

An untouched lake so still and peaceful it mirrors the landscape? Check. Snow-capped mountain peaks looming on the horizon? Check. Towering evergreens foresting the slopes? Check. Throngs of people taking selfies? Check.

Okay, we admit that the last item is hardly anyone’s notion of paradise. Nevertheless, it is a reality to visit places such as Lago di Braies. Its unearthly beauty acts as a magnet for everyone visiting South Tyrol. However, if you plan your trip right with our guide, dodging hordes of tourists does not have to be your experience.

Dive in to discover how to visit Braies without the crowds plus a boatload of other tips such as handling travel restrictions, as well as how to hike to a must-experience hidden gem near the lake.

Get step-by-step instructions: Download our Lago di Braies hiking guide

Lago di Braies shoreline
Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) is one of many myth-enshrouded lakes in the Dolomites.

Lago di Braies is South Tyrol’s most popular lake and arguably the most beautiful lake in the Dolomites — if not the entire world (although some claim Lago di Carezza deserves the crown). Tucked between sheer mountain cliffs at an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet (1,490+ m), Lago di Braies gleams like perfectly polished jade.

Its crystalline waters are fed by a labyrinth of underground springs that fill a vast expanse beneath the mountains. Braies ripples across 77 acres — an area equivalent to approximately 30 rugby fields — and plunges to a depth of 118 feet (36 m).

What lies beneath the surface of Braies? Trout and the stuff of legends and myths.

According to ancient folklore, Lago di Braies is a magical gateway to the underground kingdom of Fanes whose people are the original inhabitants of the Dolomites. The kingdom of Fanes appears in many South Tyrolean sagas and has historical roots going back 2,500+ years.

Hotel Lago di Braies
Hotel Lago di Braies is a historic treasure anchoring the north end of Braies.

Another legend of Lago di Braies, albeit much more recent, tells of 10 tons of gold lying at the bottom of the lake. When World War II ended, Nazis supposedly sank the treasure.

This legend may have some plausibility. During the war, Nazis used the stately Hotel Lago di Braies adorning the northern end of the lake as a base. Built in 1899, the hotel still operates today and is owned by the same family that opened it. In 1945, the hotel played a key role in liberating 139 concentration camp survivors including several family members of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg — the leader of the most famous failed assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler.

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Where is Lago di Braies

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Lago di Braies is located in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park, which is in South Tyrol’s Val Pusteria.

Lago di Braies lies in the Val di Braies (Pragser Tal), which is a side valley of Val Pusteria (Pustertal) in eastern South Tyrol. Braies belongs to the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park — a massive protected area of South Tyrol covering more than 25,000 hectares. The park also boasts one of the most beautiful mountain plateaus in the Dolomites: Prato Piazza (Plätzwiese).

From Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, you can be at the lake in less than two hours. If you are visiting the Dolomites from Venice, it is just over three hours to the north. Those staying in Cortina d’Ampezzo can reach Lago di Braies in less than an hour.

In addition to visiting Lago di Braies, you should make plans to explore Val Pusteria. This secluded valley is populated by pines, peaks and pastures that enwrap you in the pastoral charms of old Tyrol. In fact, it is home to the epic Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) — the official symbol of the Dolomites.

See our complete guide to hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop including details on when to visit.

How to Hike Lago di Braies

The Lago di Braies hiking trail
Hiking the 2-mile loop around Lago di Braies ensures you see the lake at its most breathtaking.

Plenty of people visit Lago di Braies without ever stepping beyond the northern shore. They shuffle in mass to the lakefront and snap away on their phones until certain they have the next Instagram hit. What a mistake.

A two-mile (3.2 km) hiking trail circles Lago di Braies providing some of the most spectacular Alpine lake scenery in the Dolomites. Making your way around the lake takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours.

After soaking in the immense Seekofel summit (also known as Croda del Becco), Lago di Braies’ most famous mountain backdrop, begin your journey around the lake.

Start on the western shoreside by following the Seeweg / Giro del Lago signposts. Here, the trail rolls through stands of pines, spruce, and larch trees with the glimmer of Braies never leaving your side.

The path is smooth enough to allow for a stroller or even a walker. You’ll discover protruding boulders discarded by the mountainside ages ago. They offer the perfect place to take a seat and watch any boats gently rowing about beneath the stone walls of Apostoli — a mountain across the lake that rises 6,500 feet from the water’s edge.

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The eastern shore gives you a sweeping birds-eye view of Braies.

Continuing, you’ll come across one of many boulder-riddled gullies tumbling from the mountain summits. These look like bone-dry canals made of gravel. When the snowmelt washes over them each spring it must be a dramatic sight to witness.

Eventually, the trail will wind to the east placing you at the foot of Seekofel. This is near the halfway point with the hotel directly opposite where you began. Towards the shore stretches a pebble-strewn beach. If you’re feeling like a dip, this is as good a place as any to become one with Braies.

The trail soon turns toward the north leading you along the eastern flank of Lago di Braies. This stretch of the hike ascends nicely offering the most awe-inspiring views in our opinion.

From several points, you can admire the dome-like mountain of Monte Nero that anchors the lake on the west. It’s worth noting that timbered stairsteps lie along this leg of the trail making it accessible to only those that can trek on foot.

A view of Monte Nero and Sasso del Signore from Lake Braies
Top Left: Sasso del Signore / Top Right: Monte Nero

Soon, the path swoops down to where Lago di Braies squeezes into a marshy sliver at its northernmost point. The peculiar peak soaring on this end of the lake is Sasso del Signore.

Rounding the shoreline, the trail carries you past the boathouse perched in front of the hotel where you started. Take time to walk the Lago di Braies dock and study the magic-like levitation of the rowboats hovering on the crystal clear water.

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How to Rent a Boat on Lago di Braies

If you are not in the mood to walk or are simply aching to row after hiking around Lago di Braies, consider renting a vintage rowboat. After all, few things are more relaxing and romantic than drifting carelessly about in the middle of a remote mountain lake in Italy.

From late spring through early fall, the Lago di Braies boathouse, La Palafitta, rents out handmade rowboats for 30-minute excursions from 10 AM to 5 PM. The cost is 50 EUR. Each boat can hold up to 5 adults. Children of any age are welcome on boat tours, but those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult during the boat ride. In July and August, you can rent a boat anytime between 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Renting a boat on Lago di Braies / Pragser Wildsee
Longing for romance? The canals of Venice cannot begin to compete with renting a boat on Lago di Braies.

If you want to rent a boat on Lago di Braies for a private sunrise photoshoot you can do so for 200 – 400 EUR. Note: Boats for a private shoot can be reserved no earlier than 4 days before the date of your visit. All other boat rentals operate only on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you are not skilled in handling a boat, do not fret. It is impossible to get lost on the lake and the surrounding mountains shelter the water from brisk winds.

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The Best Time to Visit Lago di Braies

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Autumn is our favorite time to visit Lago di Braies.

You might be most inclined to visit Lago di Braies in the summer, but we recommend spring or fall instead. The colors you encounter during the months of spring and fall make the lake dazzle even more. Plus, visiting Lago di Braies in the summer comes with some restrictions which we highlight below. Tip: If you want to avoid seeing Lago di Braies as a sheet of ice, be sure to visit Braies before late November or after April.

To avoid darting between herds of people, go as early as you can muster. The lake’s favorable position directly off the main mountain roadway makes it an attractive destination for tour groups. But if you arrive in the first rays of morning, the group tour folk will still be roaming the lands of snore. Let them sleep.

They can miss the rising sun breaking the peaks and plunging like a waterfall into a still sea of emerald green. You, on the other hand, will take in a sight that you will never forget.

We suggest arriving early and departing early. If you are visiting during the summer (high season) and truly want to avoid crowds at Lago di Braies, plan on arriving between 6:00 – 7:00 AM. You’ll encounter photographers, but minimal tourists. Those visiting in the so-called off-season can arrive a bit later between 7:00 – 8:00 AM.

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Must-Know Regulations Before Visiting Lago di Braies

View of Lago di Braies from a boat

Several regulations are in place to help protect the delicate ecosystem of Lago di Braies and preserve the destination for future generations. Access to Lago di Braies itself is always free; however, there are key regulations to be aware of before your visit that can impact your travel costs and plans:

Summer Restrictions on Personal Vehicles: To curtail traffic during the Dolomites’ busy season, you are not allowed to drive to Lago di Braies with your vehicle between 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM unless you have reserved your parking place in advance. In 2024, this restriction will be in effect from July 10 – September 10. Reservations can be made via the official Pragser Wildsee website or you can reserve a parking spot with Hotel Lago di Braies. Note: You can arrive at Lago di Braies before 9:30 AM or after 4:00 PM without booking a reservation.

Using Public Transit in Summer: Shuttle service to Lago di Braies requires advance booking during peak season. In 2024, this policy will be in effect from July 10 – September 10. Bus tickets can be purchased via the official Pragser Wildsee website. Tip: If you visit Lago di Braies by foot or bike, you are not required to make any kind of reservation.

Flying Drones at Lago di Braies: The Lago di Braies beach, parking area and hotel property extending to the lake shore are under private ownership. Flying drones above here for photography or any other reason is not allowed. You can fly a drone over Lago di Braies, but to legally do so you must obtain a permit via the administrative office of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.

Swimming in Lago di Braies: Swimming is technically not allowed in Lago di Braies, but that doesn’t stop some visitors from trying to brave its icy waters. The temperature of the lake is a frosty 57°F (14°C) if lucky. If you want to wade into Braies, go for it, but skip taking a dip.

Dogs at Lago di Braies: Dogs are permitted to visit Lago di Braies with you although we do not recommend letting them swim in the lake per above. You can even bring your dog on a Lago di Braies boat rental if you wish.

Lago di Braies Map

The below map provides a birds-eye view of the Lago di Braies circuit hike. Most visitors hike counterclockwise around the lake. Tip: If you are at Lago di Braies when it is busy, consider hiking clockwise to avoid being stuck in a daisy chain of other hikers.

Lago di Braies Map
A picnic area and restrooms are located about halfway through the Lago di Braies loop hike.

Where to Stay to Visit Lago di Braies

As we noted earlier, Lago di Braies belongs to South Tyrol’s Val Pusteria (Pustertal). This region teems with so many attractions you could spend your entire time in South Tyrol just exploring its valleys, mountains and historic sights.

To experience Lago di Braies in all its splendor, consider booking a stay at Hotel Lake Braies on the north shore. Watching the sun gently bathe the lake in gold every morning is a dream.

Another option is to consider basing yourself near Brunico (Bruneck) or Toblach (Dobbiaco). If you stay near Toblach, consider also adding a visit to Lago di Dobbiaco and Lago di Landro — two additional shimmering gems in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park. Those interested in spoiling themselves and experiencing the health benefits of alpine wellness should consider staying at Hotel Quelle Nature Spa Resort or Fontis Eco Farm & Suites. We stayed at these family-owned resorts on previous visits to Lago di Braies and found both to be truly outstanding and wholly unique in their own way.

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Additional Sights, Activities & Tips

After hiking around the lake, you may just want to spend more time lost in the luster of this Alpine jewel of Italy. Here are some additional sights and activities to consider:

Chapel Lago di Braies – This storybook chapel (also known as Marienkapelle or Cappella di Maria) sits along the western shoreline and was built in 1904. It was designed by Otto Schmid, the same architect responsible for the hotel, and is dedicated to the Divine Mother Dolorosa. A horse stable next to the chapel makes it an even more idyllic sight. Be sure to take time to admire both.

Lago di Braies Chapel
The Lago di Braies chapel is a shoreside beauty made for postcards

Horseback Riding – Imagine galloping along the beach atop a magnificent steed. The Steinwandterhof farmhouse and stable allow you to do just that.

Land a Trout –  If you’re angling for some angling, embark on a fishing excursion on Lago di Braies. Guests of Hotel Lake Braies can obtain free fishing permits and rent gear.

Admire the Field of Stones – On the eastern shore of Lago di Braies, you will come across a sweeping display of cairns. These man-made stacks of stone make for an intriguing sight against the mirror-like water.

Sip & Dine by Braies – After adventuring about the lake you may work up a thirst and appetite. Hotel Lake Braies offers a splendid terrace to enjoy a cup of coffee, a meal, a glass of delectable South Tyrolean wine or a sweet South Tyrolean original called Hugo. The Tiroler Stube cafeteria is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The restaurant is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. By the way, take time to discover the South Tyrolean food you should try before visiting the region.

Another wonderful dining option near Lago di Braies is Malga Foresta (also known as Grünwaldhütte). This mountain farm tavern is a true hidden gem. We missed eating here on our first trip to Braies and wish it had been on our radar. The food and setting are utterly amazing.

Malga Foresta (also known as Grünwaldhütte) near Lago di Braies
Malga Foresta is a must-visit for those wanting to spend longer at Lago di Braies.

You can reach Malga Foresta by following trail no. 19, which branches off the Lago di Braies loop trail and darts into the valley running between Seekofel and Monte Nero (see our Lago di Braies map above). The hike takes roughly 30 minutes to reach Malga Foresta. Including a stop here adds around another 2 miles to your loop hike adventure. Tip: If you are craving something sweet, be sure to order their yogurt with farm-fresh berries. Delicious!

Pick up a Souvenir – A boutique souvenir shop is attached to Hotel Lake Braies allowing you to bring a kitschy piece of “Lago di Braies” or “Pragser Wildsee” home with you. We’re guilty. Twice.

Dress appropriately – The hike around Lago di Braies is not treacherous, but we recommend wearing proper hiking or walking footwear. Don’t forget to check the forecast before visiting so you can determine if you need rain gear or a jacket.

Throw a Picnic – At the midway point around the lake loop, you will find picnic tables and bathrooms. Take advantage of both if you need a rest. The remainder of the hike is a bit more difficult than the first leg.

Explore More of Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park – Several trails veer off the loop allowing you to trek further into the park. Many of these trails are considerably more difficult so plan accordingly. The lake is also the starting point of the Dolomites’ famous Alta Via no. 1 (Alpine Path no. 1), which leads you through the mountains to as far as Belluno in the Veneto region of Italy. If you plan to explore more of the park, consider visiting the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park Visitor Center beforehand.

Stay on Lago di Braies – To enjoy the lake at its most tranquil (sunrise and sunset), book a night or two at the Hotel Lago di Braies. You will be just steps away from its rippling shore.

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The picturesque town of Brunico makes for a charming stop after visiting Braies

Visit Brunico Afterwards – After consuming so much natural beauty consider venturing onto Brunico (Bruneck) for a dose of history. In Brunico, you can stroll cobblestone streets and marvel at churches and castles, as well as meander through a soul-stirring war cemetery unlike any other in the world. The town is just a half-hour north of the lake by car or bus.

How to Get to Lago di Braies

Lago di Braies is one of the easier gems in the Dolomites to reach. If you’re renting a car, as we typically recommend when visiting the region, the drive is considerably easy relative to other mountain destinations in South Tyrol.

The entrance to Val di Braies lies right along the SS49-E66 roadway. The road you take to the lake is mostly level meaning you do not have to contend with any switchbacks.

Driving to Lago di Braies

From Bolzano: If you’re based near Bolzano, the lake is just over 1.5 hours to the northeast. Start by taking the A22 motorway towards Bressanone/Val Pusteria, exiting at Bressanone. Then, continue on SS49-E66 through the Val Pusteria until you reach the turn-off for the Val di Braies, which leads directly to its shore.

From Cortina d’Ampezzo: The drive from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Lago di Braies is less than an hour. Take SS51 northwards towards Toblach. Once in Toblach, switch to the SS49-E66 heading west, and after a short drive, follow the signs to turn off for Val di Braies.

From Bressanone (Brixen): If you are coming from the Bressanone area, it will take just over an hour to reach Lago di Braies. Head northeast on SS49-E66, continuing through the valley. After passing through the town of Niederdorf (Villabassa), follow the signage for Val di Braies.

Parking at Lago di Braies

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There is plenty of parking available in front of Hotel Lago di Braies. The cost to park in one of the three nearby lots is 10 EUR for three hours (each Lago di Braies parking lot operates on a pay-and-display system). From the lots, it’s a short walk to the lake. IMPORTANT: Be sure to review our “Must-Know Regulations” section above detailing parking restrictions at Lago di Braies if you plan to visit during peak season. It covers how to reserve parking in advance.

Public Transit Options

If you do not want to drive to Lago di Braies, be sure to check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle bus to the lake. Another option is to use South Tyrol’s stellar public transit system. For example, public bus route 442 brings visitors directly from Toblach and Niederdorf (Villabassa) to Lago di Braies. You can plan your route and check shuttle bus departure times as well as book a ticket on the Suedtirolmobil website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mountain reflection in Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies

Is Lago di Braies worth visiting?

The scenery at Lago di Braies is among the most dramatic in the Dolomites. The contrast between the lake, forests, mountains, and sky is utterly stunning. The gentle loop trail makes it ideal for families. The hike doesn’t claw at the sky like its tougher, mountainous siblings, yet it will still leave you breathless. If you are keen on a more rugged adventure, consider including Lago di Braies as a destination on a more challenging route through the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.

When is Lago di Braies open?

Lago di Braies is open 24 hours, year-round. However, if you wish to rent a rowboat on your visit they are only available from late spring to early fall.

How much does it cost to rent a boat on Lago di Braies?

La Palafitta rents out handmade rowboats in 30-minute intervals for 50 EUR. Each boat accommodates up to five adults comfortably. If you do not mind sharing a boat with others, you can also pay 10 EUR for a “seat” on a rowboat. Those interested in a private photo shoot on Lago di Braies can book the boathouse in the morning outside opening hours for 400 EUR. The private shoot provides the use of 2 rowboats and the boathouse for 1.5 hours. If you share the private shoot with another party the cost is 200 EUR.

How long does it take to walk around Lago di Braies?

The trail around Lago di Braies takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to walk. It is 2 miles (3.5 km) long. If you are in a hurry for whatever reason, you could complete the loop in an hour. However, we recommend a more leisurely pace and suggest at least 3 hours to explore the lake and its surroundings.

Can you camp on Lago di Braies?

No, camping is not allowed at Lago di Braies. If you are interested in camping near the lake, see our post discussing the best campsites in the Dolomites including those near the lake.


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33 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Lago di Braies (Without the Crowds)”

  1. Hello!
    we are wondering if we could rent the boat for private shoot before the rental opens? we will be there May 12-15, 2023, and they are not open until may 20. and do you know when will the boats be all out in the water?
    we hope there will not be too much snow on the ground during that time as we plan to do many hikes around the lake.

    • Hi Irene – We are not affiliated with the boat rental company at Lago di Braies. Suggest you reach out to them directly to see if there are opportunities to rent a boat outside of normal operating hours. Hope you have a wonderful visit with little snow!

  2. Hello! We are planning to stay in Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo for three nights. PRobably around May 20th. Will the weather be ok by then to do the lake hike? and, we would like to stay in both towns. Can you recommend the best hikes/scenery to see from each town? Thank you so much! Your blog is very helpful

    • Hi Lindsey – Great to hear you will be visiting South Tyrol! The weather at that time will be fine to hike Lago di Braies. It’s always possible that the Dolomites could see snow in May, but we would not hesitate to visit the lake in late spring. Regarding additional hikes you might like, we would be glad to help put together an amazing trip itinerary for you. Please see our South Tyrol Itinerary Services page if you are interested: https://throneandvine.com/south-tyrol-itinerary-services/

        • Hi Ana – That is when boat rentals began last year so expect the same this year unless the weather happens to be poor on Lago di Braies.

  3. Hello:) we are going to visit Lago di Braies on August 28th and we are curious about entry fee. I found that it is free, but on other sites it says 20eur for one person. Can you please confirm which one is real? Thank you so much.

    • Great to hear you are visiting Lago di Braies! There is no entrance fee to visit the lake. If you arrive by car, you will need to pay a parking fee anywhere from 11 to 40 euros depending on which lot you choose. Given that you are going during the busy season, you may want to purchase your parking pass in advance here: https://www.prags.bz/en#tickets-nav Have an amazing trip!

  4. Hi, we are plannning to visit at the beginning of november. Do you recommend this time of year?
    MC

    • Hi Marie – Lago di Braies is beautiful year-round. We would not hesitate to visit in early November. Just be prepared for the possibility of winter-like weather and some snow cover on the trails. Braies will likely not be frozen over yet early in the month. Have a wonderful trip!

  5. Hi, This lake is definitively in our bucket list!
    we wil be in Italy on the last week of May.
    I know weather is impossible to predict, but what should expect for May 29-30, is still too cold, Snow around?
    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Marcos – It will not be too cold at the end of May to visit Lago di Braies. While there is always chance snow will still be around until summer fully arrives, it is unlikely. Enjoy your trip!

  6. Hey great blog – do you have to wait long to rent a boat? I am thinking about going for sunrise at 6am like you said so I am thinking of renting a boat at 10AM when it’s open. Do you think there would be a long line? Thanks!

    • Thank you for the compliment! We have never encountered a line for the boat rental. Don’t expect you’ll have to wait. Have a great trip!

  7. I just sent a link to my husband.. Wow, I fell in love from the first photo itself. It’s so charming, quiet and mysterious.. We all need places like this. It seems easy, too because we have kids. I would want to ride in a boat in one spring season to see different kinds of leaves – the mountain made it more serene and lovely. I just love the place – Our next spot in Europe would be here.

    • Hi Katrina – Glad we inspired you to want to visit! Lago di Braies is a great destination for a family. The hiking can be handled by children. Plus, there are many places to stop and rest/picnic if they end up needing a break from the trek.

  8. What perfect colors and reflection. I am all for that hike that allows me to appreciate Lago di Braies. The chapel by the water makes the place picture perfect in a lot of ways. Thanks for sharing such lovely pics

  9. Lago di Braies looks beautiful. We were in the Tyrol region a couple of years ago at the end of summer. The few places we visited, mesmerized us beyond expectation. So this comes as no surprise. The stillness of the lake is photographers delight. Bookmarking this . 🙂

  10. Wow, what a pro looking blog you guys have. And I had never heard of Lago di Braies until reading this…and now it’s on our must see list. Thanks guys!

    • Thank you Mike! Really appreciate the compliment. Glad we could introduce you to this gem in South Tyrol! Hope you get to embark on the adventure soon.

  11. Such breathtaking beauty. Your photos are simply stunning. I’ve love to go rowing in the Lago di Braies. I not familiar with this region, but it is clear why it is the Emerald of the Dolomites. Hope to get to visit soon!

  12. Just when I thought that Lago di Braies couldn’t get any more interesting, they throw in the Nazi gold story. The stillness of the water is unbelievable, the reflection is like getting a double dose of beautiful. This looks like the perfect spot to spend time during the fall. I’m sure the colors are breathtaking. Your photos are amazing, thanks for the tips on when to get out and snap some pics. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome Stevo! Thanks for the great comment. Let’s split the gold whoever finds it first 😉

  13. That lake does look pristine and the area is gorgeous and I can understand why so many people would want to take selfies there. Surprised that scuba divers haven’t tried to find the gold.

    • We have heard that divers have looked for the gold, but the lake is quite murky at its deepest so next to impossible to spot it.

  14. I have been to Italy many times and I discover new places on every trip I make. I haven’t made it to the Dolomites yet, but I have been to Gran Paradiso which is a bit similar to this place. I love going back to Italy again and again. There is history, good food, an amazing landscape and lovely people

  15. My dad just got back from a walking holiday here and it has been all he’s been talking about, he loved it! I’d love to get a rowing boat and take it out for the day.

    • Not surprised your Dad was so enthralled by his visit. Hope you get a chance to visit as well!

  16. Yes, yes and yes, to the Emerald of the Dolomites. This part of the country is still unfamiliar to me, and your post has me convinced to plan yet another trip to this beautiful region of Italy.

    • Thank you for the comment Punita! So happy to hear we have inspired you to make a visit to South Tyrol.

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