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How to Go to the Magical Lago Di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in the Dolomites, Italy

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Lago di Braies also called Pragser Wildsee is arguably the most famous Italian lake and in the last few years, its popularity has increased dramatically especially due to its widely shared pictures on social media platforms. The reflection of surrounding mountains in its emerald green crystal clear waters is absolutely breathtaking sighting. 

I have visited Lago di Braies in summer and also in Autumn which is my favourite time of the year to visit the lake. This blog has all the information that you should know before visiting Lago di Braies. 

Lago di Braies Hiking Map

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How to Get to Lake Braies

By Car 

Lago di Braies is near the Austrian border and the closest big Italian city is Bolzano and the nearest airport is in Venice. The best way to get to Lago di Braies is by car. There are a number of cheap car rental companies, especially at airports. I rented a small Fiat at Venice airport and paid only 60€ for a week which is pretty cheap. 

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Public Transport 

From Bolzano or Lienz (Austria) take the train to Villabassa (Niederdorf) or Dobbiaco (Toblach). Bus number 442 runs between Dobbiaco, Villabassa and Lago di Braies. Bus timetables can be found here.

Lago di Braies Parking

There is limited paid parking at Lago di Braies and it is advised to be here before 9 am. The parking costs 6€ for first 3 hours and for every hour afterwards you have to pay more. Another option for those who want to stay longer than 3 hours is to park at private parking just before the official Lago di Braies parking which costs 6€ flat for the whole day.  

Hotel Lago di Braies


Lago di Braies is less than a 10 minutes walk from the parking right behind the hotel. Most people come here either to hike around the lake or rent a boat.


Misty morning at Lago di Braies


Lago Di Braies Boat Rental

​Renting a boat at Lago di Braies is very popular and super expensive. The opening hours are from 9 am to 7 pm and costs 18€ for ½ hour and 28€ for one hour. Even though the prices are insane people still pay and if you arrive after 11 am you might have to wait to rent a boat. 

Lago di Braies Boat Rental Platform
Reflection of the boats and mountains on the calm waters of Lago di Braies


Lago Di Braies Hiking Trails

  • ​Distance: 3.5km
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty level: Easy 

Hiking around Lago di Braies is the best way to see this beautiful place without spending anything. The trail is well-trodden and very busy with a few beautiful lookout points. It is better to start the trail in the anti-clockwise direction. 

Boats on Lago di Braies


Best Time to Visit Lago di Braies 

Sunrise is the best time to visit Lago di Braies when the peaks are lit with golden light and their reflection in the calm waters of the lake is breathtaking. It is a very popular photography location and you will meet many photographers from different parts of the world trying to take the best pictures. Unfortunately, during the day the lake becomes very crowded. 

Autumn is arguably the best time of the year to visit with fewer tourists and the lake looks even more beautiful with all the autumn colours.  

Lago di Braies in Autumn


Where to Stay Near Lago di Braies

​Hotel Lago di Braies is right next to the lake and is an ideal place to stay for those who can afford to pay a hefty price. I stayed in the small village of Valdoara which is only 30minutes drive from the Lago di Braies and I paid only 50€ for a night in a nice hotel with a beautiful view from the balcony. 

View of the village of Valdaora from the hotel near Lago di Braies
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