The jewel of the Dolomites
Lake Braies is considered among the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Situated in Val di Braies, in the province of Bolzano, at the foot of the Seekofel mountain, this small alpine lake is renowned for the colours of its waters, which freeze over in winter, turning it into a huge sheet of ice you can even walk on. In warmer weather, you can rent a small rowing boat to admire the panorama from a different perspective. It is perhaps one of the most Instagrammed spots on the Italian peninsula.
Since 1910, the lake has been surrounded by a picturesque forest trail. The route is accessible for everyone, including families with children. A more challenging route takes you from the southern shore of the lake up to the 2,810-metre-high summit of the Seekofel mountain. If you have plenty of energy, you can take on the six-hour route that starts from the centre of San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Last but not least, history buffs should stop by the Zeitgeschichte Archiv Pragser Wildsee (“Lake Braies Archive of Contemporary History”), which organises annual conferences and debates on topics related to the resistance against Nazism.