Lago di Braies is a bright blue mountain lake in the heart of the Dolomites. Even if you’ve seen a lot of mountain lakes during your travels, this one is pretty spectacular! It has become a popular Instagram photography spot. You can hike around the lake taking in different views of the mountains above, or rent a row-boat and float on the surface of its deep blue-green water. At an altitude of 1,496 m (4,908 ft), the 77-acre lake makes for a wonderful half-day trip while traveling through the Prags Dolomites.
This turquoise lake surrounded by steep mountians is located in the nature reserve of Fanes-Sannes-Braies, and has an breathtaking alpine backdrop. The area is perfect for walking or boating. Probably the most popular activity to do on the lake is rent one of the cool wooden row-boats and cruise around the photogenic emerald-colored waters. There are many boats available to rent, but in recent years, they often run out after 11am when the big crowds start to arrive — forcing you to wait a bit. This is why I recommend getting there early if you can, preferably right before the boathouse opens around 9:30am.
This is the largest natural lake in the Dolomites, and like many places here it’s known by two names as they speak two languages in this area: Lago di Braies in Italian, and Pragser Wildsee in German. Both names are used regularly for this amazing lake in the mountain district. The emerald green lake has become famous in the last years by the Italian television series “Un passo dal cielo” (One step from heaven) and is nowadays a centre of tourism. In order to protect nature in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and due to traffic jams, in high summer the street from the locality of Ferrara to the lake is closed from 10.00 am to 3 pm. A bus as well as a shuttle service starting from Monguelfo will take you to Lake Braies – alternatively the hiking path no. 1 leads from Ferrara in a 1.5-hour walk to the lake.
This place is an ideal destination for those who want to escape the bustle of the big cities, the air pollution in major metropolises, from everyday stress.
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