Braies the Most Popular Lake

Lago di Braies in Italian, and Pragser Wildsee in German

Made famous by the fiction “One Step From Heaven,” a TV fiction by RAI and also because of the numerous Instagram shots, Lake Braies now attracts millions of travelers from all over the world every year. 

But do not make any effort whatsoever to speak Italian, there everybody speaks German and they are quite fluent in English. Probably more fluent in English than Italian! But yes, Lake Braies is in Italy!

Just Another Pearl on the Dolomites

Lake Braies, in South Tyrol, is an emerald nestled between the peaks of the Dolomites, waters with green-turquoise shades, wooden boats that seem almost suspended on the surface of the water and, all around, fir forests and majestic mountains.

Lake Braies is at 1,496 meters above sea level, within the Fanes Senes Braies Natural Park, it is indeed a unique place of its kind, with dazzling beauty. Enough to attract millions of visitors every year. About 15 thousand tourists a day (in summer) according to the latest estimates.

This year Lake Braies—in an effort to contain the inflow of tourist and because of COVID restrictions to avoid overcrowding—was accessible by reservations, or during the week after 4:00 pm.

It is also mandatory to wear a mask or protections for the mouth and nose.

Once you reach Lake Braies, it is difficult to remain immune to its charm. The waters fade from intense emerald to blue, depending on the glare of the sun. And then there are the Dolomites to complete the panorama.

It is difficult not to notice the wooden stilt house with the pier from which the row of rowing boats depart. Boats can be rented only in summer. It is possible to go around Lake Braies on foot, following the narrow dirt path that runs along the banks, offering always different and suggestive views of the water and the mountains.

Swimming is not permitted on the lake, regardless of the heat and inviting colored waters.

Going to Braies By Car

Getting to Lake Braies by car is quite simple, and very enjoyable. From Cortina it is about 50 minutes drive by following SS51, can’t go wrong. It is about 2 hrs and ½ from Venice Airport (taking Highway A27 and then again SS51).

Once you have arrived, you can leave your car in one of the different car parks in the Braies Valley. The closest, the car-only P3, next to the historic hotel, is quite large and is practically a stone’s throw from the lakeshore. You can book and pay for parking online by connecting to the braies.bz website (select the P icon, dedicated to car parking). The cost of the day ticket is 10€.

By Shuttle

The alternative, is to travel on the shuttle buses that arrive from the municipalities of Monguelfo (line 439) and Dobbiaco (line 442) to Lake Braies. The bus ticket must be booked and paid in advance online (they sell out quickly), indicating in the appropriate form the number of people and animals to be transported, the stop, and the departure time. For the return, just show the one way ticket already paid. 

For info and reservations, the braies.bz website is always valid.

By Bike

Pedaling, enjoying nature, is one of the most enjoyable way to go to the lake. The Braies Valley is crossed by beautiful bike paths. And yes, nothing to worry, there are eBikes, so everyone can enjoy the ride, not just the “Lance Amstrongs” of the wheels.😉😊

Bike rentals

Braies:

Papin Sport at the Tuscherhof Hotel | + 39 0474 748628 | www.tuscherhof.it

Villabassa:

Ski & Bike Rental Alfred | +39 335 6289344 | www.braisrent.com

Bike Store Troger Markus | +39 0474 740050 | bikestore@pffft.it

Monguelfo:

Papin Sport at the train station in Monguelfo | +39 0474 913714

And if you arrive by bike, there are no access restrictions.

On Foot

Finally, it is also possoble to get there by foot, and it is quite pleasant. Just following the beautiful paths between larch and fir trees. The shortest route (and roughly flat – the difference in height is about 270 meters), which starts from the Segheria car park. in Farra. Along the trail, just under 5 kilometers long, information panels lead the way. 

When to go to Lake Braies

Lake Braies changes with the seasons, offering different emotions and scenarios each time, making it an attractive holiday destination at any time of the year. 

In the Fall the Braies Valley is colored with foliage. The meadows turn golden, the larch trees blaze among the evergreen pines, the clear skies are of an incredible blue color. And Lake Braies shrouded in mist is truly magical. In Winter it becomes really magic. 

In Winter, Lake Braies freezes. The shores are covered with snow, the peaks white, the temperatures below zero. 

Oh, and yes please do take your camera!!!!!😁

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

8 thoughts on “Braies the Most Popular Lake

      1. I hope so too. My daughter is in Rome for a wedding. She said it seems to be OK, wear masks indoors, not outside. We have relatives near Florence. Maybe I will try to go in October. I work for a hospital, so we have more travel restrictions. Waiting to see what is happening with this new strain. So — it’s nice to read your posts on Italy. They are lovely.

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      2. I hope you’ll make it. October is a nice time to visit Italy, also—because of COVID—tourist arrivals are still limited and many sites can be seen at ease and without long lines.
        We are also expecting visitors in November, and hopefully all goes well. However we recommended to have air tickets and everything refundable, while keeping a positive mind set.

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