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.

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Opening times

  • Wed 20 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Thu 21 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Fri 22 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Sat 23 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Sun 24 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Mon 25 Oct 07:00 - 19:00
  • Tue 26 Oct 07:00 - 19:00

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General opening hours

  • Mon 07:00 - 19:00
  • Tue 07:00 - 19:00
  • Wed 07:00 - 19:00
  • Thu 07:00 - 19:00
  • Fri 07:00 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:00 - 19:00
  • Sun 07:00 - 19:00


summer (July 10 - Sept 10, 2021): accessible by car before 9.30 am and after 4 pm (chargeable), during the day by bus no. 443 (from Monguelfo and Dobbiaco)

online reservation for the bus with online payment is required - when there are no seats left, the access to the valley and the lake by bus is not possible

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

driving ban for busses and campers all year around

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