Another discovery on Facebook!! A friend of mine shared on her Facebook profile some wonderful photos of Braies Lake which convinced me to say I must go there one day! Since that moment I didn’t stop talking about this place to Alessandro who gifted me three days there for my last birthday. The weather forecast did not look good that day, but since we had already booked and paid months earlier, changing the dates was no longer possible. So, with a little hope in our hearts, we went to the lake anyway. Thankfully, contrary to what we were expecting, the weather was perfect! The scenery of the mountains mixed with the small towns along the route was impressive. Once in the South Tyrol area getting to the Lake is really very simple and fast.
There was easy parking close by the lake. We parked our car in the P2 parking area. It was € 6.00 for the whole day and € 4.00 after 4 pm. They closed at 6 pm. We don’t know the price for the P1 parking which is closer and probably more expensive than the P2 but since they both were next to each other, spending more didn’t mean saving time or distance. When we got out of the car we could only see the surrounding mountains and a big hotel. We had to pass next to the hotel and go behind it to see the magnificent lake. Slowly the stunning view was revealed to our eyes.
Entrance to the wooden house which is now a boat rentals
That romantic wooden house and the emerald coloured water surrounded by the Alps were definitely one of the most gorgeous sites I’ve visited; the reflection of the mountains on the water made it even more majestic. That fantastic landscape and the beautiful breath of fresh air, the clarity of the water, the cleanness and the boats which seemed like they were floating in the air all seemed so magical to me. It was like being inside one of the fairy tales told patiently by my father when I was a child. You guys are probably wondering, what is Braies Lake???
Boat trips on Braies Lake
I just want to describe for you very briefly that Braies Lake or Prags Lake (Pragser Wildsee in the German language) is a lake in South Tyrol, Italy. It belongs to the municipality of Prague which is located in the Prags valley. It became famous after the telenovelas “A step from Heaven,” in which Terence Hill lived right in that wooden stilt house where they now rent boats for tourists. But is that the only reason that the lake is so famous? I don’t think so, there is something more that makes Braies Lake/Pragser Wildsee so unique.
Path around the lake Braies
There is a path around the lake which could be a little bit challenging during the winter season but we highly recommend that you put on your rougher shoes and walk around this wonderful gem! Some parts of the trail are up and downhill but I saw people doing it without much trouble. We really enjoyed the stunning views, the different types of nature along the way and the cold beer in the valleys. It took us around 4 hours to finish the walk around the lake, without counting the detour for lunch.
Hotel on the background
One half of the lake, the side with the chapel, is feasible with a bicycle but the other side is not, so if you want to go all the way around, you’d better walk. In the end, we didn’t want to miss the boat trip. We went for a half an hour tour, which in our opinion was not enough. We should have gone for the one hour trip. The prices were not expensive: the entire boat was € 15.00 for 30 minutes and € 25.00 for an hour. We just left the deposit of € 25.00 before starting to row and at the end, when we returned, the owed amount was deducted from the deposit.
Church on the right hand side
I heard that starting this year there will be a Christmas Market by the lake during the first 3 weekends of December. It sounded so interesting to me. I’m probably not going to miss it! Click here to check out more about the Christmas market. Mett you at Braies Lake then!
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