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The Most Beautiful Lakes in the Dolomites

One of the most beautiful areas in Italy is the Dolomites area, and there are beautiful lakes there! Today we have prepared a list of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites!

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The Most Beautiful Lakes in the Dolomites

The Dolomites form a mountain range located in the Italian Eastern Alps. There are ski resorts, cities that look like they are taken from a fairy tale and beautiful lakes! Let us know what are the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


The Dolomites are very famous all over the world, but not everyone knows their location and is not even aware of the beauties that this place hides! The Dolomites are also known as the Pale Mountains. It is a group of mountains in the eastern Italian Alps and extends to the regions of Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia; they are home to provinces such as Belluno, Bolzano, Trento, Udine, Pordenone, Vicenza and Verona, with a small part in Austria, the Dolomites of Lienz. Here is also the largest ski area in Italy, the so-called Dolomiti Superski. In 2009, the mountain range entered the UNESCO World Heritage list. Find out here where to ski in Italy!

In addition to the snow, the Dolomites are famous for their FANTASTIC lakes! It is more beautiful than the other and all surrounded by an almost untouched nature. I confess that it was not easy to make this list and I am sure that I must have committed some injustice, since the Dolomites area has almost 300 lakes (297 to be exact!), But today we will find out which (some) lakes are most beautiful of the Dolomites. Find out here where to stay in the Dolomites!

1) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE BRAIES

In addition to being one of the most famous Lakes, it is also one of the most beautiful in the Dolomites. The Lake landscape manages to combine its background of trees and mountains in a sublime way. Not surprisingly, the lake’s nickname is “pearl of the Dolomite lakes”, thanks to the turquoise color of its waters and its atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Lake Braies originated because a barrier of land slipped and formed this piece of paradise on Earth. Read: Let’s visit the Lake Braies, in Trentino 

The lake is located to the north of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park and also has an interesting history. The small church dedicated to Our Lady that is reflected in its waters, received a couple of Austrian rulers who, before being murdered in Sarajevo, stopped here to pray. Hitler’s most important prisoners were also released in this area and here they decided to hide. Find out here how to get to the Dolomites from Venice!

2) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE FUSINE

Here, nature is wild and in its purest state. At Lake Fusine you will find beauty, peace and a lot of green! This group of lakes has a glacial origin and is located at the base of Mount Mangart. They are connected by trails that allow you to discover one at a time, following an almost magical path. The nature around the lakes is unique and formed by a dense forest, beautiful at any time of the year. The crystal clear waters of the lakes and the lush vegetation create infinite bands of colors that seem to change color according to the time of day and the seasons.

3) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE MISURINA

Lake Misurina is practically in the center of the Dolomites and its waters reflect some of the most important peaks, such as Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Mount Cristallo and Mount Sorapiss. This is also a lake that changes its appearance according to the seasons. In summer it is a beautiful area to tour, while in winter it freezes completely, making it a very interesting attraction. Nearby is the Pio XIII Respiratory Disease Treatment Center, built here due to the presence of a specific microclimate, characterized by pure and balsamic air, which is great for health. Clean air, peace and natural beauty in one place? Here you can find it all! Find out here what to do in 2 or 3 days in the Dolomites!

4) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE LIMIDES

Lake Limides, located in Veneto, in the province of Belluno, is close to Passo Falzarego. In the summer it simply disappears, which gives visitors a real spectacle. When it “resurges”: it is pure magic! You will lose yourself in the limitless beauty of this destination, where the waters perfectly reflect Mount Averau and Tofana di Rozes, managing to blend seamlessly with the rocky environment around it.

5) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE CAREZZA

To talk about the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites without mentioning Carezza would be a crime! In the south of Tyrol, at the foot of Latemar and surrounded by a splendid green forest, you find the fascinating Lake Carezza, also called “Lec de Ergobaldo” or lake of the rainbow. Once here you will discover the reason for such a charming nickname: when your eyes are mirrored in the crystal clear waters, you will be able to observe fantastic colors. This lake is said to be magical and a fairy refuge, it is fed by underground sources that reach here directly from Mount Latemar.

6) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE SORAPIS

Relax and calm reign supreme on the banks of Lake Sorapis, which also gives its name to the Ampezzo Dolomites, which surround them in a magnificent way. Located next to Cortina d’Ampezzo, it is a true natural amphitheater formed by rocks, vertical walls and a lot of green which forms a set capable of creating an ever changing show wherever you look. The real protagonist, however, is the splendid lake that, with its waters, impresses even the most demanding visitor. When you’re here, don’t be in a hurry: watch, contemplate the silence and peace that this place can offer us. Find out here where to see snow in the main Italian cities!

7) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE RESIA

As always, the powerful nature surprises us in several ways: one of them is the Lago de Resia. Lago Resia belongs to the municipality of Curon Venosta, in the south of Tyrol, and, in addition to the natural landscape of indescribable beauty, there is a completely unusual detail here: an old bell tower in the middle of the lake. The tower of the old church was the only element in the old village of Curon that was not submerged by the fury of the 120 million cubic meters of water poured there to build a hydroelectric plant; the rest of the city is all “immersed” in its waters. The tower is famous and is part of the history of a place that was literally “drowned” in favor of the superficiality of the human being. Find out here which are the 5 best ski slopes in Italy!

8) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE SAN PELLEGRINO

Here on Lake San Pellegrino, near Passo Falzarego, in Moena, you will find the characteristic alpine landscape of the Dolomites waiting for you with open arms. This lake serves as a postcard for the entire lake area and presents the typical landscape of the Trentino Alto Adige region. You will feel “embraced” by a forest made of pine and Swiss stone larch trees that surround this small mountain lake. At 2000 meters above sea level, this lake will mark your heart with its beauty, fascination, charm and sense of peace. Find out here how to drive with snow in Italy!

9) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE DOBBIACO

It is impossible not to mention the fantastic Lake Dobbiaco. This is one of the most fascinating lakes from many points of view, starting with its origin, which dates back time and time ago. Most likely, the lake was formed after several landslides that ended up partially blocking the course of the Renzo River and the valley through which it passes. In other words: the lake ends up becoming a kind of natural border between the Natural Park Fanes-Sennes-Braies and that of the Dolomites of Sesto. The most charming aspect you will find when visiting Lake Dobbiaco is a kind of swamp, one of the few alpine swamps that you can reach via a route with 11 observation points: it is a unique place! It will delight you, I’m sure.

10) The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites? LAKE SANTA CATERINA

Lake Santa Caterina, also called Lake Auronzo, is one of the lakes that offers the visitor the chance to practice water sports with complete tranquility admiring all the beauty of the place! We are talking about Lake Santa Caterina, also known as Lake Auronzo. Being very close to the municipality of Cadore, there is a flow of tourists that, despite being intense, does not take away the tranquility of the place. In this artificial lake, you can enjoy the splendid turquoise waters, you can swim and canoe, pedal paddle boats and paddle rowboats. It is a delicious place and will offer you a lot of fun moments.


The Most Beautiful Lakes in the Dolomites. For nature lovers, the Dolomites offer options all year round. Its natural beauty makes this area an incredible place for those who like peace, tranquility and unique landscapes, full of nature. If you want to get out of the classic itinerary of the big Italian cities, it is worth considering making an itinerary based entirely on this region: you will fall in love!

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