Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park

Lush alpine pastures, rugged peaks and crystal clear mountain lakes characterise this pristine area between the Alta Pusteria valley and the Alta Badia.

The 25,453 hectares big Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park, founded in 1980, comprises the localites Badia in the Alta Badia, Braies, Dobbiaco, Valdaora (all of them in the Val Pusteria valley), La Val and San Vigilio di Marebbe (both in the Val Badia valley). Located in the heart of Dolomites, this legendary nature park is an elorado for hikers, mountaineers and mountain bikers alike.

The nature park is characterised by green alpine meadows, rugged peaks, beautiful mountain lakes as well a unique flora and fauna. As the name suggests, it is located between the majestic summits of the Braies Dolomites and the Fanes and Senes Highlands.

Golden eagles, ibexes, marmots and chamoises as well as amphibians and reptiles live here. Moreover the area above 2,000 m a.s.l. is the habitat of mountain hares and snow grouses - on this altitude also the edelweiss, the dragonmouth and the Dolomite yarrow thrive.

A precious jewel in the nature park is Lake Braies in the Braies Dolomites, which can be surrounded by foot or discovered by rowboat. In winter, however, the landscape is of scenic beauty and can be enjoyed best while doing a snowshoe hike, a sleigh ride or a ski tour.

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