Lago di Braies in Italy’s Dolomites

Dolomites lake

Faced with a cold, wet day in Italy’s Dolomites, we opted to visit Lago di Braies and were pleasantly surprised. Our B&B hostess recommended we visit this alpine lake given its easy access and knowing that rain would keep us from doing longer walks. So even though I’m sure the place would be stunning on a clear day, the mist and drizzle didn’t make the views any less spectacular.

Also known as the “Pearl of the Dolomites”, Lago di Braies is located around a 45 minute drive north of Cortina. There is a large carpark and the absence of having to climb up through winding roads makes this a popular stop for visitors. So I’m sure during the peak summer season, the area can get busy. Even though we were there in the off season and during poor weather, the place was still busier than any of the hiking areas we had been to. Another reason for the popularity besides the scenery is the relatively easy walk around, which¬†only takes about 60-90 minutes. Alas, we didn’t go all the way around because our our short schedule. This means that this is one more reason to come back to the area.

Dolomites lake, Lago di Braies
Too cold to take a boat out into the lake
Dolomites lake
Milky turquoise water was glassy calm
Dolomites lake
Another example of the great reflection and scenery
Dolomites lake
A view from the eastern side looking back across the lake
Dolomites lake
It was raining more heavily at this stage, disrupting the reflection