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plaetzwiese und hohe gaisl plaetzwiesenalm

MTB tour to the Prato Piazza

Beautiful round trip in a varied landscape on good forest and cycle paths in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park: Through the Val di Landro valley across the Prato Piazza meadows down to Braies Vecchia and via Villabassa back to our starting point in Dobbiaco Nuova.

At the train station of Dobbiaco the cycle route through the Val di Landro valley starts. The valley connects Dobbiaco with Cortina d’Ampezzo. After about 2 km we reach the beautiful Lake Dobbiaco, on whose bank the cycle route leads further into the valley. Following the upper course of the Rienza river we reach the Lago di Landro lake. After the lake we have to drive on the Alemagna-Road (SS51) for a short section and reach the hamlet of Carbonin (Schluderbach). At the junction to Misurina / Tre Cime we keep to the right (towards Passo Cimabanche / Cortina) and after about 500 metres the forest road to the Prato Piazza meadows branches off on the right.

Now the ascent is noticeable for the first time. 10 bends and 550 metres in altitude have to be mastered until we reach the highest point. The view on Monte Cristallo and the Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo, which dominates the alpine landscape of the Prato Piazza, opens already during the ascent. After having reached the top, we continue on a flat gravel path for about 3 km which leads from the Vallandro Mountain Hut to the mountain inn “Plätzwiese” (rest points). It is not without reason that this area is one of the most beautiful in the Dolomites of the Val Pusteria valley. Now the descent follows the asphalted mountain road down to Ponticello in Braies Vecchia. We continue on the Pragser Straße road to the exit of the valley, where we turn into the Pusterbike Cycle Path towards Dobbiaco. Comfortably and smoothly uphill we cycle the last kilometres of our round trip which leads us back to our starting point again.


Author: AT

If you want to do this mountain bike tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!


Starting point: train station of Dobbiaco (1,205 m a.s.l.)
Route: Lake Dobbiaco – Carbonin – Prato Piazza – Ponticello – Braies Vecchia – Braies di Fuori – Villabassa – Dobbiaco Nuova
Way: E1-Cycle Route (Munich - Venice) from Dobbiaco Nuova to Carbonin; forest road Prato Piazza/ Plätzwiese, Plätzwiesenstraße road and LS80 / LS47 (Valle di Braies valley); Pusterbike Cycle Path via Villabassa to Dobbiaco Nuova
Distance: approx. 44.4 km
Cycling time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: 870 m
Altitude level: between 1,140 m and 2,005 m a.s.l.
Characteristics: approx. 25.3 km asphalt roads and 19.1 km gravel paths
E-bike-friendly? Yes, ideal tour also for e-MTBs, the cycling time is reduced by up to 50 %.
Experienced in: June 2018


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