Panorama of the Lago di Braies hike in Dolomites, Italy
Panorama of the Lago di Braies hike in Dolomites, Italy

Lago di Braies Hike

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Lago di Braies Hike

Distance: 3.1mi
Elevation: 164ft
Time: 1-2.5h

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The hike to this stunning Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee in German) is one of the best hikes in the Dolomites. It is one of the most beautiful lakes on earth! This pleasant walk around the lake gives a variety of wonderful views. You really can’t miss out on this unforgettable hike.

Lago di Braies Map

Getting there

To get to the start of Lago di Braies trailhead, from Cortina take the SS51 North from town towards Dobbiaco, where you go left (west) on SS49. Soon after, follow the signs for Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies and turn left. Follow the signs as the road goes right at Segheria. Park as close to the Lake as possible, we often use P2, though note that you will have to pay a fee.

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When to do

May to September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

No

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Lago di Braies Hike
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Lago di Braies Trail Description

Start the Lago de Braies trail from the parking lot. Walk along the road you drove in on and turn right, heading towards the beautiful Hotel Lago di Braies. Go to the left of the hotel and you are immediately faced with the beautiful Lago di Braies. We prefer to make the trip around the lake clockwise, as it’s a bit easier coming down some of the steep bits, but both routes are straightforward.

Almost immediately, you’ll walk past an atmospheric, wooden boathouse. If you are here early or late in the day, views from this spot can be magical in that golden dawn or dusk light. Continue on the path. The trail will contour away from the lake to the left. Next, you’ll cross the bridge you come upon. From here on, you’ll be strolling lakeside, with unfolding views the entire way.

The route goes beneath a mountain, with the route looking carved out at points. The route does gain some altitude here, and there are some sections that can be a bit steep for kids and wholly unsuitable for strollers. Thankfully there are some wooden – albeit a little flimsy – railings. If you do have children with you keep them close!

As you make your final descent, coming to the end of the lake, you’ll see a path on your left leading away from the lake. This path can take you up to Rifugio Biella, which is a fine destination but beyond this hike. Instead, look across to the series of beaches that fringe the end of the lake. These beaches are especially noticeable when the water is low, and they are fun places to lounge.

After taking in the view, you’ll start your return along the other side of the lake. This route is more straightforward, less ups and downs. As you return to the hotel, you will pass a delightful little chapel. If you have a stroller, you may consider simply walking out and back on this route.

Once back at the hotel you go back along the road to the car park.

Hiking trail highlights

Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee)

Considered one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes, the Lago di Braies is a can’t miss sight. Bright turquoise blue in colour, the lake lies in the heart of the Dolomites and is relatively easy to access.

We recommend visiting first thing in the morning to enjoy the lake far from the crowds that can be found, especially during the summer season. You can even enjoy an early morning paddle with a canoe rental to explore the surrounding mountains from a different viewpoint.

Frequently asked questions about Lago di Braies

Can you swim in Lago di braies?

Yes you absolutely can! But most don’t dare because the lake water is quite cold. If you consider yourself one of the brave ones, take a plunge!

How do I get from Venice to Lago braies?

If you don’t want to rent a car, it’s still possible to get to Lago Braies by public transport. Take the direct “Flixbus” from Venice Airport to Dobbiaco station– the central bus station in the Dolomites. From here, you can catch bus 442 to Lago di Braies. The total journey by public transport from Venice to Lago di Braies is approximately 4.5 hours.

How do I get from Milan to Lago braies?

You can choose to rent a car and make the four hour drive yourself, or if you prefer to take public transport, you can take the train via. Verona––though it will take you eight hours.

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Insider Hints

  • If you want an easier walk, go out and back on the right-hand side of the lake. The left-hand side is a challenge for younger children or people with reduced mobility. The right-hand side sees some families using strollers.

  • Enjoy a drink at either the atmospheric Hotel Lago di Braies or the quick-serve just beyond it.

  • If you take a boat out, take care to note the wind direction. We saw people misjudge the wind and have a terrible time coming back in.

Comments

Francesco D. 8 months ago

A lake with wonderful colors. Recommend it

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Antoanette Lavroutte 8 months ago

best time to go is early in the morning before 9.00 then you can get the best shot with the reflection of the mountains and its nice and quiet

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Raymond G. 9 months ago

Picture-perfect scenery everywhere you look. The lake and the surroundings were perfect.

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Tyler D. 9 months ago

One of the best short hikes in the area. We absolutely enjoyed it.

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TeddyBear 9 months ago

Beautiful, fantastic colors

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Rolando Acciaio 9 months ago

The lake and the surrounding area are beautiful

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TutiDulce 10 months ago

A lake of a wonderful landscape, a great holiday to be recommended for those who want to relax. Beautiful experience

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Gilberto Fattore 10 months ago

Great place for a short hike around a beautiful lake, Recommended for those who want to relax

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Alexis Schweitzer 10 months ago

A lake of a wonderful landscape a relaxing holiday

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Nelly Porter 10 months ago

Impressive views. It's not particularly challenging, and it can be done by almost everyone.

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