Hike around Lago Di Braies



2.2 miles

Elevation Gain

80 ft

Route Type


Added by David Gallo

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! 

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Swimming Hole



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Hike the full circuit for the best experience

Lago di Braies is a Dolomites must-see. To really experience this beautiful spot, I highly recommend hiking the full circuit around the lake. Most of the crowds stick to the shoreline closest to the hotel and boathouse, so if you want to have a more intimate adventure, take the trail that loops around the lake. This easy hiking trail takes around 1 hour, although you'll probably find it'll take you longer as you'll almost certainly want to stop every few meters to take pictures.

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