The hiking paradise Prato Piazza in the Dolomites of Braies in Val Pusteria

The magic of the mountains: breathtaking views as far as the eye can see

Prato Piazza is described as the scenic terrace of the Dolomites.
And with good reason, because the plateau stands at a height of 2,000 metres and offers extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains, including the Three Peaks, Monte Cristallo and the Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo.

But the view is not the only delightful thing: the area is covered in wide meadows dotted with many flowers and rare plants.

Prato PiazzaView of the Three Peaks

A great attraction at any time of year

In summer, the mild atmosphere on the plateau make it a great place for hiking, mountain biking or Nordic walking; while in winter, fans of ski mountaineering, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing all find something to attract them. In spring, the crocuses start to peer up through the last patches of snow; and in autumn, the varied colours of the landscape and the clear views towards the horizon captivate every visitor to the plateau.

Autumn hike

Next stop:
Prato Piazza, Braies Valley

  • 9 km from Prato Piazza
  • Accessible by bike, by bus or by car
  • Happiness up on the Picco di Vallandro, the Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo and Monte Specie
  • 6 km of high-altitude cross-country ski trails


  • If you want to test your legs on a really steep trail, take path no. 37 to Prato Piazza. You'll get there in about 2.5 hours!
  • There are several paths leading up to Prato Piazza: two different tourist trails take you up to a height of 2,000 metres in about 2 hours.
  • The public shuttle bus no. 443 (payable service) will take you straight to Prato Piazza.
  • The toll road to Prato Piazza is closed to cars from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. However, it is open before 10:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. You can drive back along it at any time. N.B.: private buses and campers are not allowed to use this road. For more information, visit the website.