Lake Braies

A mesmerizing spectacle of nature's grandeur. Often dubbed "The Pearl of the Dolomites," this alpine lake shimmers with emerald and turquoise hues, offering visitors a surreal escape amidst its scenic backdrop. Read more

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Lake Braies is located within the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and boasts a breathtaking setting that seems almost too picturesque to be real. Originating from a rock slide which blocked the Braies river, this lake offers a unique blend of natural history and captivating beauty.
In the summer, the lake's crystalline waters mirror the surrounding Dolomite peaks, creating an enchanting play of reflections. As you traverse the perimeter on the well-marked trail, you're treated to different vantage points of the lake, each more spellbinding than the last.
One of the iconic sights at Lake Braies is the wooden boathouse, from where visitors can rent traditional rowboats. A gentle row on the lake offers a serene experience, allowing one to truly absorb the tranquility and majesty of the setting.
In winter, the lake transforms into a snowy wonderland, with the frozen surface often used for ice skating. The snow-laden trees and mountains add to the ethereal charm, making it a haven for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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What to do in Lake Braies

Boathouse at Lake Braies

Rent a rowboat and experience the lake from a unique perspective, rowing amidst the mirrored reflections of the Dolomites.

Circular Hiking Trail

A leisurely trail that circumnavigates the lake, offering panoramic views and several photo opportunities.

Chapel of "Lago di Braies"

Situated near the lake's edge, this quaint chapel adds a touch of human-made beauty to the natural splendor.

Hotel Lago di Braies

A historic hotel overlooking the lake, perfect for savoring local cuisine with a view.

Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park

The larger park enveloping the lake, with numerous trails leading to other scenic spots and natural wonders.

Nearby Mountain Excursions

For the more adventurous, there are several mountain trails leading to higher altitudes, offering panoramic vistas of the entire region.

Winter Activities

From snowshoeing around the lake to ice skating on its frozen surface, winter offers a plethora of activities.

Local Wildlife

Keep an eye out for marmots, chamois, and golden eagles, some of the local residents of this alpine paradise.

Seasonal Flower Blooms

In certain seasons, the meadows surrounding the lake burst into color with a variety of alpine flowers.

Sunrise and Sunset Views

For those willing to brave the early hours or linger until evening, the play of light during sunrise and sunset renders the lake even more magical.

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In and around Lake Braies

Lago di Braies (0.08 km)

Tucked amidst the Dolomite peaks, Lago di Braies gleams like an emerald gem, embodying Alpine serenity. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Dolomites," this lake offers a dreamscape painted in nature's finest hues.

SoraFurcia (7.95 km)

Bruneck (15.37 km)

Bruneck, or Brunico, the cultural heart of Italy's Puster Valley, offers a storybook alpine setting where medieval history meets the splendor of the Dolomites.

Cortina D' Ampezzo (18.16 km)

Cortina D'Ampezzo, known as the "Beautiful Lady of the Mountains", is a charming mountain town and world-famous ski resort in the heart of the Dolomites in northern Italy.

Bressanone (32.57 km)

Nestled in the heart of South Tyrol, Bressanone (also known as Brixen) is a harmonious blend of Italian charm and Austrian heritage.

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