Lago di Braies
Lago di Braies
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  • haanahh
    Prague, Czech Republic258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit late afternoon
    All reviews say to arrive early in the morning, well we couldnt fit it into early morning, so we decided to give it a try in the afternoon. We arrived at 4pm, parking right at the lake had available spots, so we parked directly there even though it is quite costly (10eur, if you arrive after 5pm 6eur only). Yes there were people, but thats what you expect when you go to visit one of the most iconic places. However, as you walk around the lake (we walked from the right side), you walk in shadows of trees, so even if it is a hot day, it is managable. On the other side of the lake, there was almost empty beach, so definitely if you want to swim, I recommend you reaching until there instead of staying at the entrance from the parking lot (it looks too touristy there as well). All in all, we didnt find the hype of arriving for sunrise as useful tip, so I would definitely recommend coming in the later afternoon. Just beware that the only bathrooms are at the beginning of the lake and are paid. Even if you consume in the restaurant (no bathrooms inside), you have to pay for bathroom that is right next to the restaurant.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • jo_cor93
    Cardiff, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The crowds weren't as bad as feared...
    Just wanted to give some practical tips! I read on here that it was highly recommended to arrive by 8am to avoid the crowds, and since we didn't have a car and the bus from Cortina wouldn't have got us there until much later, we took a taxi, which cost 140 euros (would have been 110 with another company), thinking it would be worth it to arrive early. (Note that the road in closes to cars from 9am, so you do need to arrive before 9am if coming by car!) When we arrived at 8am, the sun wasn't above the mountains yet, so the lake wasn't really dazzling and at its best. There were a few people dotted around by 8am but it was still quite quiet. By 9am, more people were starting to arrive, but nothing crazy. For context, we came here on a Monday in August when the weather was pretty good. Later in the day, there were lots of people there, but because the path around the lake is a very big area, people were spread out enough that there would have been no issue with walking round it. The main crowded part was the area by the entrance where people were taking photos. So we felt that we would have been better off just getting a bus and arriving from 9:30, for a lot less money! A couple of other things - first, to hire a boat, you have to pay for a time slot and come back at that time (we had an hour to wait). So don't let the lack of queue make you think there isn't a wait! Plan to get your ticket a bit in advance. Also, when the wait time gets too long (over an hour perhaps), they shut the kiosk for a while (it shut some time between 10am and 11am). Second, I assumed that with the popularity, the shuttle bus tickets to the lake would be sold out in the early slots in advance, but there were actually plenty of tickets still available the night before. So in conclusion, unless you want to go to the lake when it's most serene with the least people, there's not an issue with going later (unless it's much busier on the weekend?) Do check bus times back if going back to Cortina, as they aren't frequent from Dobbiaco! But Dobbiaco is a pleasant place to spend some time waiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Christina M
    Cedar Grove, New Jersey336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Second time visiting and loved it in the evening even more than daytime! Arrived around 5pm and parked right at the lake in the first/closest lot. The sun was hitting just right so the lake looked STUNNING! It was not too crowded at all and there were no wait times for the boats, which are reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend late afternoon/early evening for less crowds and best colors.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must must visit.
    This was the highlight of our 21 day trip to Italy. I have not seen any place as beautiful as this. We reached a Ford early morning at this place to beat the crowd and it was a great thing to do. We reached this lake at 7 AM in the morning and it was completely deserted. You can park your car at the public parking space. There are four parking space and we parked at P1. The lake is free to visit and does not have any charge. You cannot get enough of this beautiful place. You can walk 5 km around the lake if you’d like!. More of a hike. You can also rent the boats that line the water The boat rentals run from 8:30 AM onwards. We were the first one to rent a boat and when we did it rained a bit. It was a great experience. After the boating I took a dive in the cold water. One of the best experiences I had. We had clicked loads of pics. It’s a must visit if you are visiting the Dolomite.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • VintageDM
    Lexington, Massachusetts255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, Visit
    Absolutely worth the visit. Make sure to hike the circuit. Great cafe on right side by chapel. More importantly, read the history of the lake as a destination for high, important concentration camp prisoners toward the end of WWII. I am a historian and had no idea of this place and story. Boats to rent. We visited at end of day in mid October so maybe 50 total visitors which is way less than the record of 17000 in one summer day.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
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Pablo Z
Como, Italy51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
After have driven for two hours and a half from Belluno and when there were only 7 km to reach the lake a guy without any distinctive was blocking the route and avoiding us (and all the other cars) to continue. We went back and stop in the hotel Edelweise where "by chance" they proposed us to park there for €15 and take the van for other €5 per person (other 15 in our case × 2 to come back to the car). So magically I had to pay €45.
This made up business of which I became an unexpected (unexpected by me) client put me of a very bad mood to enjoy anything.

Written September 8, 2020
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Ward51
Retie, Belgium178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
This lake is a must see when visiting the dolomites. The water is very peacefull, while renting a boat is expensive, it's worth the money. I think we were lucky we arrived right after corona lockdown so there were not many tourists.
Written July 23, 2020
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Zayn_Sui
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
This lake is so amazing just like Lake Louise in Canada. I recommend taking a boat on the lake although it is a bit pricey. I visited there in the afternoon and the scene is amazing at dusk. But make sure to bring warm clothes. It is a bit cold in the evening.
Written November 1, 2021
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Raoul Rongen
Sittard, The Netherlands1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Yes as everyone says make sure to be early. We were there at 8 in the morning and that was perfect. No we weren’t the first but there were plenty of options to still make a photo without other people on it. It was still easy to get parking at the closest parking without reserving it upfront. Note that toilet at parking was still closed that early.
We made a walk around the lake and started on the left site were most don’t even come. There you also go a little bit up (path along the lake is very easy to walk) so you can grab some views and pictures from higher up. The views on the lake and the surrounding mountains are just beautiful. That early the sun doesn’t shine yet on the lake and therefore you can see the silhouette of the mountains on the still water. You can also start hikes at the lake. At the opposite side of the lake we made a pause and took a jump in the water. It is crystal clear with a lot of fish but to be honest it is quite cold.
Later when the sun shines on the lake it has a beautiful blue/green colour.
Lake and walk along it are large enough that even later on the day when there are a lot of tourist it doesn’t feel that crowded. That is only the case at the hotel side, most people don’t even reach the other side.
Near the hotel there are sufficient options to grab a drink or some food and you can rent a canoe but it is very expensive.
Written August 20, 2022
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Stefano G
Olgiate Molgora, Italy158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We visited (us plus a 2years child) as one of most popular tourist place to visiting in Trentino, for spending a family afternoon among the nature.
In any season we reccomand to book the access and parking by dedicate website, we chosen the P1 parking at 15€ cost for the entire day, P1 parking is 800mt far form main entry but near to pedastian path to reach it.
Path around the lake is easy to anyone and does not require a special equipment, we did with a "tracking" baby stroller since the way is not asphalted; however there is a part of path not so easy with baby stroller which need to pay attention since housed in the side of the mountain.
For all the rest place is fantastic and very recommend for pick nik and delicious day.
Written September 11, 2021
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neo_marcopolo
Lesmo, Italy296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Gem in the heart of the Dolomites: this Alpine lake is very famous for its clear water and its reflections from the surrounding forests and mountains.
It is recommended to hike along the trail around the lake and get all the different perspectives.
It is difficult to get there in high season, as parking places are limited. Furthermore, this summer due to the Covid-19 countermeasures, you need to book in advance your parking or your access by bus.
We decided to reach it by walk on the nice hiking trail no.1 from Braies di Dentro.
Written August 22, 2020
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jo_cor93
Cardiff, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Just wanted to give some practical tips! I read on here that it was highly recommended to arrive by 8am to avoid the crowds, and since we didn't have a car and the bus from Cortina wouldn't have got us there until much later, we took a taxi, which cost 140 euros (would have been 110 with another company), thinking it would be worth it to arrive early. (Note that the road in closes to cars from 9am, so you do need to arrive before 9am if coming by car!)

When we arrived at 8am, the sun wasn't above the mountains yet, so the lake wasn't really dazzling and at its best. There were a few people dotted around by 8am but it was still quite quiet. By 9am, more people were starting to arrive, but nothing crazy. For context, we came here on a Monday in August when the weather was pretty good. Later in the day, there were lots of people there, but because the path around the lake is a very big area, people were spread out enough that there would have been no issue with walking round it. The main crowded part was the area by the entrance where people were taking photos.
So we felt that we would have been better off just getting a bus and arriving from 9:30, for a lot less money!

A couple of other things - first, to hire a boat, you have to pay for a time slot and come back at that time (we had an hour to wait). So don't let the lack of queue make you think there isn't a wait! Plan to get your ticket a bit in advance. Also, when the wait time gets too long (over an hour perhaps), they shut the kiosk for a while (it shut some time between 10am and 11am).

Second, I assumed that with the popularity, the shuttle bus tickets to the lake would be sold out in the early slots in advance, but there were actually plenty of tickets still available the night before.

So in conclusion, unless you want to go to the lake when it's most serene with the least people, there's not an issue with going later (unless it's much busier on the weekend?) Do check bus times back if going back to Cortina, as they aren't frequent from Dobbiaco! But Dobbiaco is a pleasant place to spend some time waiting.
Written August 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

haanahh
Prague, Czech Republic258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
All reviews say to arrive early in the morning, well we couldnt fit it into early morning, so we decided to give it a try in the afternoon. We arrived at 4pm, parking right at the lake had available spots, so we parked directly there even though it is quite costly (10eur, if you arrive after 5pm 6eur only). Yes there were people, but thats what you expect when you go to visit one of the most iconic places. However, as you walk around the lake (we walked from the right side), you walk in shadows of trees, so even if it is a hot day, it is managable. On the other side of the lake, there was almost empty beach, so definitely if you want to swim, I recommend you reaching until there instead of staying at the entrance from the parking lot (it looks too touristy there as well). All in all, we didnt find the hype of arriving for sunrise as useful tip, so I would definitely recommend coming in the later afternoon. Just beware that the only bathrooms are at the beginning of the lake and are paid. Even if you consume in the restaurant (no bathrooms inside), you have to pay for bathroom that is right next to the restaurant.
Written July 16, 2023
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Francesco Z
Latina, Italy1,241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I've been there with family and small childs. I suggest families to book the parking (around 30€) to reach the closest parking to the lake. There are 4 different parking (100m, 1Km, 3Km) something like that. Be sure to book in advance the parking 100m from the lake. Once there (already paid 3 days before) you just show your ticket and enter the parking. Then I got my special trolley (for 2 childs with big wheels) and the adventure started. Nice lake, nice water, astonishing view inside the mountains. Very nice place for families. We rent a row wood boat and spend 1h into the lake (30€). Usually there is a long queue but it was quite fast. Then with the trolley we walking on a side of the lake (be sure with trolleys you go on right side facing the lake otherwise left side is with stairs and not easy for trolleys). You go through a church and the reach (with a viewing path) the other side of the lake where you can make picnic and play with kids
Written August 23, 2022
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Kvk
The Hague, The Netherlands62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
In fear if overcrowding we had backup plans ready. Fortunately it proved not to be necessary, arriving around 10 on a Monday in late June. Of course there were other people, but it took nog longer than five minutes for us to get a boat.

The boats aren't cheap at € 20 for half an hour or € 35 for an hour, but it's a lot of fun and gives you another perspective on the surrounding mountains and the lake itself. On a hot sunny day a breeze can provide extra cooling. Life vests are available for those who want one, also in children sizes (even for both our 1- and 2-year old). The staff helps entering the boat, although they are easy to get into and out of, even with children.

Written June 23, 2022
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