plaetzwiese und hohe gaisl
plaetzwiese und hohe gaisl

Prato Piazza

The high plateau in the Valle di Braies valley between Mt. Picco di Vallandro and Mt. Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo is a real natural jewel.

On the saddle between the 2,839 m high Picco di Vallandro and the 3,146 m high Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo mountains, the wide Prato Piazza alpine pasture - "Plätzwiese" in German - is located at 2,000 m a.s.l. It is part of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and provides a fascinating landscape, ideal for those seeking a natural scenery that has a relaxing impact. The natural and genuine area was able to preserve these precious characteristics. Particularly fascinating is the panoramic view on the surrounding mountains, such as the famous 3,221 m high Monte Cristallo, the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and the Tofane Massif.

The Prato Piazza is starting point for the hike on Mt. Picco di Vallandro. At 2,040 m a.s.l., close to the Vallandro Mountain Hut, the "Forte Prato Piazza" is located, a ruin of an Austro-Hungarian fortress. The high plateau is also popular in winter, for ski touring, snow-shoeing or tobogganing.

Already a long time ago there was an asphalted connection road between the Val Pusteria and the Val di Landro valleys. Today, however, only the northern access is still asphalted. The high plateau is accessible in summer and winter by public means of transport or by car (toll, only before 10 am and after 3 pm starting from Ponticello), motorhomes or camper are not allowed.

Contact info


ascent fee to the Prato Piazza (summer and winter):
€ 8.00 car
€ 5.00 motorcycle
€ 14.00 minibus (max. 9 places)

Monday to Friday: max. 100 cars (chargeable)
weekends: max. 100 cars until 10 am (chargeable) and after 3 pm (free of charge)

end of March to early June 2021 freely accessible
driving ban for busses and campers all year around

More information

The Prato Piazza is reachable by bus no. 443 (from Monguelfo / Welsberg) or by the Ponticello - Prato Piazza shuttle service.

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