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If you thought this part of the Italian Dolomites was fabulous in the wintertime, wait until you see what is in store during the summer months! Lake Braies (or Pragser Wildsee in German) is a picturesque lake located in an area of South Tyrol known as the Alta Pusteria. Along with Lake Braies, Lake Dobbiaco, and the signature Tre Cime (“three peaks”) mountain formations are what make this area so famous and so stunningly beautiful. So let’s find out what to do and see in the summertime.
“Pearl of the Dolomites”
Located just 2 hours (by train) from Bolzano, Braies is part of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009 (the Dolomites). The lake itself lies at almost 1,500 meters and is referred to as the “Pearl of the Dolomites”. As soon as you catch a glimpse of it reflecting the surrounding mountains, you’ll understand why.
So fairytale-like that there is actually a legend that tells about Braies. At the south side of the lake, where St. Croda del Becco mountain towers above, there was a gate to the underworld of Fanes which could only be reached by boat. Today, as you row along, it might be fun to imagine a mythical world opening up underneath the emerald-green waters.
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The entire lake is only 4km around and it makes for a lovely, easy walk suitable for everyone. Numerous trails also depart from Braies leading to the Alpine plateaus and also into the much higher elevations.
Water temperature, even in the summer months, never gets above 14 C so only the brave dive in. Most will be content rowing or paddling along the crystal-clear water. All sports can be practiced here from hiking, mountain biking, Nordic walking, watersports, horseback riding, fishing, and so much more!
Lake Dobbiaco is also close by and should be part of your itinerary as well.
The most up-to-date information pertaining to arriving and traveling around Lake Braies is available on the municipality’s official website.
Check out our article about visiting Alta Pusteria in the winter months as well!