Stunning lake in the heart of the Italian Dolomites

Only an hour and a half from Bolzano, or an hour from Cortina d'Ampezzo, (my home base while in the Dolomites), Lago Di Braies is a must do half day trip. This popular destination is known for it's beautiful blue water and towering surrounding peaks and it does not disappoint. Most only see the photos of people canoeing around the lake, but what's little known is that you can circumnavigate the lake on a 1-2 hour hike, depending on how often you stop to admire the views, take pictures, enjoy the cows (yes, cows), or have a picnic. 

You seriously can't miss this trail as it's a pretty big tourist destination. You can see the lake from the parking lot and you can choose to go right or left. I recommend getting here as early as possible to avoid crowds. The trail is extremely well worn and is incredibly easy for most experienced explorers.  

A highlight of this hike is halfway into it when you pass through a gate onto farm land and see many cows. There are a number of cows laying on the beach and, although I don't encourage it, they were unphased when tourists pet them. 

This is definitely a beautiful hike and must do quick stop for anyone in the Dolomite region! 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Snacks 
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RT Distance 2.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 80 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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