Last week we made a road trip through Italian Dolomites, Lake Como, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and through Austria returned back to Slovenia.
And how we got the idea to make road trip through those places?
Well, we both wanted to visit Dolomites, I wanted to go to Lake Como for a few years now and he’s already been to Switzerland but wanted to take me there as well. That’s basically how our road trip itinerary was made.
On the day of our departure, the weather was really bad. It was raining at home, as we packed our car and let me tell you the whole thing was far from being motivating. I could tell our level of enthusiasm decreased with every hour, as the weather worsened. Despite the good weather forecasts for the next few days, all we could see was fog and rain, so it was hard to imagine ourselves in sunny Dolomites. The emphasis was on “sunny”.
As kilometres went by, the weather miracuously got better. Somewhere in Austria it had stopped raining, the sky got brighter and there were times of sun peaking through clouds. That was good enough for us, actually it was great!
Our first stop was beautiful lake called Pragser Wildsee or Lago di Braies in Italian. I am going to call it Lago di Braies, just because it sounds better in my ears. Despite the fact that Dolomites are in Italy (obviously), the dominant language is still German. People speak Italian, but road signs and other inscriptions are written first in German, and then in Italian language.
If you share at least small interest in social media, I am sure you have already seen numerous beautiful pictures of Lago di Braies. With this being said, we wanted to see it with our own eyes and make sure whether the lake is so charming in real life as well.
There is no need to walk to the lake, as the road takes you to the very end, where parking is located. As soon as we got there I must admit we were a bit shocked by the size of the parking and the number of the cars parked there. I can’t even imagine how crowded must lake be during the high tourist season, ugh!
We came to the lake and it was not too bad, crowds-wise, I mean. We decided to take a walk around it and see it from different angles. The walk takes you around half an hour to 45mins if you stop and take pictures (as we did haha). It is totally worth it, so if you ever find yourself visiting Lago di Braies I advise you to take a walk around it.
So you want to know whether the lake looks as charming in real life as it does in pictures? Well, I would say yes. It is very beautiful and unique. If there weren’t any mountains surrounding the lake, it would probably loose the charm. The other thing that makes the lake special are boats, you can rent and go for a row. It could be really romantic, the whole rowing experience, but we did not go for it.
Despite the bad weather back at home and consequently not the most promising start of our road trip, the weather in Dolomites surprised us and we had a great first day. After visiting Lago di Braies, we drove to our cute little cabin which was our home for next few days. About other adventures in my next blog post, so stay tuned!