plaetzwiese fruehling strasse aus prags mtb
plaetzwiese fruehling strasse aus prags mtb

Prato Piazza

The stunning high plateau at more than 2,000 m a.s.l. is a real natural jewel and a popular excurcsion destination

On the saddle between the 2,839 m high Picco di Vallandro and the 3,146 m high Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo, the wide Prato Piazza - "Plätzwiese" in German - is located. 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 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 Valle 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 from Ponticello), private busses, caravans and campers are not allowed.

Contact info

Opening times

spring (April 2 to June 9, 2024):
no bus and shuttle service avabile, the road is open all day for private transport (fees for the individual ascent are valid all day)

summer start (June 10 to July 9, 2024):
the Braies Valley can be reached by own car without online booking, the road is open for private transport before 10 am and after 3 pm (subject to charge, max. 100 cars), general driving ban for private busses, caravans and campers

summer (July to to September 10, 2024):
the valley is accessible between 9 am and 4 pm only by the means of public transport, on foot, by bicycle or with a valid reservation or transit permission, online booking possible from mid-June


fees for own ascent:
€ 10.00 cars (up to 9 seats)
€ 30.00 vehicles (10-20 seats)

fees - after 3 pm resp. 4 pm:
€ 7.00 cars (up to 9 seats)
€ 20.00 vehicles (10-20 seats)


Ponticello parking space (per day):
€ 6.00 cars (up to 9 seats)
€ 12.00 caravans and campers
€ 20.00 busses

€ 4.00 parking for less than 2 hours

More information

In the times when the Prato Piazza can be reached by the means of public transport, the bus no. 443 runs between Monguelfo/Dobbiaco and Ponticello: The tariffs for local public transport apply. Tickets can be bought on the bus.

The shuttle service directly up to the Prato Piazza is available in summer (own tickets).

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