Lake Braies, known as the “Pearl among Dolomite lakes”, is located 1,500 meters above sea level in the Eastern Dolomites. Braies Lake is quite stunning both for its position, right below the imposing Croda del Becco, surrounded by the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, and for its emerald green and turquoise waters.
You can visit Braies lake all year round. You can come here in summer to see the lake reflecting colors in all shades from green to blue, or the frozen lake covered with ice and snow in winter. But for me, autumn is the most beautiful season here.
How to get there?
Firstly, you need to go to main towns in Trentino-Alto Adige, such as Trento, Bolzano, Bressanone, Dobbiaco…, then you can use public transportation to reach Braies lake. You can find itinerary and timetable in this website, you just need to choose your starting point and the destination “S. Vito (Braies), Lago di Braies”. One important point to note is the bus 442 that go to Braies lake only stop at the lake in summer and early autumn (from late May to early October), in other periods bus 442 ends at S. Vito (Braies), Oberhaus and you need to walk to Braies lake for 40-50 minutes. For the ticket, the best solution is Mobilcard, a transportation card which allows you to make full use of the South Tyrol’s Integrated Public Transport network. Depending on how long you stay in South Tyrol, you can choose 1 day, 3 days or 7 days Mobilcard, check information here.
The trekking route around the lake is about 4km, the path is very easy and will take you 1-2 hours. If you still have free time, you can hike to a mountain viewpoint located in the middle of the trekking route to Herrstein. From this viewpoint you can see the lake from above, the scenery is gorgeous. But this trail is a little bit difficult, it’s only 3km but will take 1.5-2 hours for one way. So you should only take this trail when you have enough time and always remember to check the departure time of the last bus of the day to avoid missing the bus.