Top 5 Most Gorgeous Lakes in the Dolomites

When I started planning my trip to the Italian Dolomites, I became almost instantly overwhelmed: because this region is HUGE.  Enormous.  My friend Kathleen, who’s lived in Europe for years, likens exploring the Dolomites to “exploring the Rocky Mountains” ~ & I was trying to see it ALL in a week!!  Three words on that: Not. Gonna. Happen.  But, the point of this post is to help you hone in on some of the region’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful sights: & the #1 on that list is its LAKES.  So let’s take a tour of northern Italy to find the “Top 5 Most Gorgeous Lakes in the Dolomites!” 

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Lago di Braies is the #1 most popular (& most INSANELY gorgeous) lake in the Italian Dolomites.

Map of Best Lakes in the Dolomites

If you want to visit all the lakes on this list, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a great place to stay, as it’s close to four of the lakes listed here.  As for getting around: you need to rent a car.  Public transport is basically non-existent, & all the good stuff is high up in the hills here.  Definitely rent a car.

Lago di Braies

Lago Sorapis

Lago di Carezza

Lago Dobbiaco

Lago di Misurina

Top 5 Most Gorgeous Lakes in the Dolomites

#1 = Lago di Braies

Lago di Braies is the #1 tourist attraction in the Dolomites ~ with good reason.  It’s ridiculously STUNNING.  I visited in late October, when the leaves were changing colors, & let me tell you: that parking lot was PACKED!!  Insiders tell me that it’s pretty much always busy here, year-round.  So I’ve got two tips: 1) Bring cash for the parking lot, as they don’t accept credit cards, & 2) If you want shots without a ton of people, stay overnight at the only hotel on the lake: Hotel Lago di Braies. 

Waking up to that view at sunrise, with no one else there….SOOO worth it.

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It’s virtually impossible to get a bad shot of Lago di Braies.

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Stunning.

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You can rent small boats by the main dock near the hotel.

#2 = Lago di Carezza (also called Karersee)

This lake goes by many names: the “Rainbow Lake,” “Fairytale Lake of the Dolomites,” & Karersee.  If you visit the lake, particularly around sunrise or sunset, you’ll notice layers of color in the water (you can see ribbons of emerald in the photo below).  Hence its nickname: “Rainbow Lake.”  You can take a short hike around the entire lake here, with stunning mountains as your backdrop.

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Lago di Carezza. Is this the most turquoise lake in the world??! It’s possible…

Best Lakes in Italy’s Dolomites

#3 = Lago di Sorapis

Lago di Sorapis requires a little more effort to get to than our last two lakes: it’s essentially a 4-6 hour hike to reach this milky-blue lake outside of the gorgeous town, Cortina d’Ampezzo.  And Cortina is the perfect place to base yourself if you wish to visit both Lago di Braies & Lago di Sorapis, as it’s located between the two gorgeous mountain lakes.

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Lago di Sorapis is the only lake on this list that requires a long hike to reach…but look at the pay-off!

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Lago di Sorapis.

***Where to Stay: Check into the sumptuous Cristallo Luxury Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo following your hike to Sorapsis….

Top 5 Most Gorgeous Lakes in the Dolomites

#4 = Lago Dabbiaco

Lago Dabbiaco can be visited in the same day as Lago di Braies ~ you can visit Dabbiaco after visiting Lago di Braies, on your way to Cortina.  It features a lovely, easy walk around the lake with spectacular views in all directions.  The closest town is named after the lake, Dobbiaco Toblach, which has several restaurants & hotels. 

But I’d stay in the far more spectacular Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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Lago Dobbiaco is also called “Toblacher See,” & features a lovely walk around the lake.

#5 = Lago di Misurina

Also close to Cortina d’Ampezzo, & just north of Lago di Sorapis (our #3 choice), is stunning Lago di Misurina.  What makes this lake particularly distinctive are the mountains behind it, which are the most famous range in the Dolomites: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

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Several hotels surround Lago di Misurina, & the scenery is jaw-dropping.

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The lake at sunset.

Best Lakes in the Dolomites

Here’s one more bonus lake to add to the list: the far less touristy, Lago di Molveno.  My hotelier told me about it, & though it’s quite a drive from the lakes listed above, it’s a great spot to visit if you’re on the western side of the Dolomites.

Viva Italia!

xoxo Noelia

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