01 Feb Lago di Braies
Lake Braies is situated in the homonymous Valle di Braies, which diverts from Val Pusteria between Villabassa and Monguelfo. This lake is characterised by its unique position in the north of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. Its geological origin is referable to a reservoir dam, consequence of a mudflow. The emerald green lake became famous in the last years by the Italian television series “Un passo dal cielo”.
Also in the mythological world Lake Braies has got an important role to play. According to legends, at the south end of the lake, where Mt Croda del Becco (2,810 m asl) is situated, there was the gate to the Fanes underworld. That gate could be reached only with a boat ride. This is also why the Ladin name of the Croda del Becco is “Sass dla Porta”, which means “Gate Mountain”.
Moreover, Lake Braies is starting point for numerous hiking tours as well as for the Dolomite high path n° 1. However, not only the Croda del Becco, but also other surrounding mountains offer you a splendid view on the “Pearl among Dolomite lakes”, which is often also considered to be the most beautiful South Tyrolean lake. If you prefer pleasant walks, you can walk round Lake Braies (approx. 4 km). And during a romantic rowing boat trip you will completely forget everyday life and enjoy the beauty of the fairytale-like scenery. But only savages will dare to jump into the cool waters…