Probably the most beautiful lake I have ever seen, Lago di Braies glistened like pale green glass when we arrived at its shores.
Situated within the natural park of Fanes-Senes-Braies, Lago di Braies (Lake Prags in German) was definitely on my agenda when a visit to the Italian Dolomites was planned this year.
As we commenced our trek along the path that circumnavigates the lake, we could see that a wooden house on stilts was attracting a lot of attention. Apparently, a popular Italian television series was filmed here called “Un Passo dal Cielo” (One Step from Heaven) with Italian movie legend Terence Hill.
Lago di Braies is the largest natural lake in the Dolomites. It covers an area of approximately 31 hectares, is 1.2kms long and about 350 metres wide. It is also one of the deepest lakes in the South Tyrol and has become a popular tourist destination.
We circumnavigated the lake in an anti-clockwise direction, enjoying the towering Dolomites overhead and the glimpse of a pretty church nestled among the trees.
The path was flat and easy with many families enjoying a day out. I believe that in winter the lake freezes over completely and it’s possible to walk on it.
Here we had lunch at a rifugo called Grunwald Hutte, where the fare was simple, local and hearty. I had speck and cheese, while the menfolk enjoyed sausages, polenta and sauerkraut. All washed down with the local beer. As you do.
Re-joining the main trail once more, we traversed the narrow trail on the eastern shore, which had several steps cut into the cliffs.
Still, the walking was easy and no great level of fitness was required to enjoy this very satisfying hike while admiring the Pearl of the Dolomites in all its splendour.