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

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

Opening times

winter (December 25, 2022 - March 31, 2023):
private transport authorised only before 10 am and after 3 pm (max. 100 cars, winter tyres or snow chains compulsory), between 10 am and 3 pm only shuttle service n. 443 (parking possibility at the parking space Ponticello), descent always possible


individual ascent - before 10 am:
€ 10.00 cars (up to 9 places)
€ 30.00 vehicles (10-20 places)

individual ascent - after 3 pm:
€ 7.00 cars (up to 9 places)
€ 20.00 vehicles (10-20 places)

general driving ban for private busses, caravans and campers

parking fees - parking space Ponticello:
€ 6.00 cars (up to 9 places)
€ 12.00 caravans/campers
€ 20.00 busses

€ 4.00 less than 2 hours parking

shuttle service no. 443 - single ride:
€ 5.00 adults
€ 5.00 children and young people (10-18 years)
€ 5.00 dogs

free for children up to 9 years

More information

shuttle service no. 443: ascent from 9.35 am to 2.35 pm, descent from 10.05 am to 5.05 pm (every 30 minutes)

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