The Italian Dolomites is rated among the most beautiful nature attractions in Europe, and that’ snot without reason! World-famous for its dramatic mountains, beautiful green valleys and amazing blue-green lakes, no-where else in the World is quite like the Dolomites. Every year, millions of tourists visit this amazing mountain range for skiing in the winter, and for hiking adventures in the summer.
If you’re planning for a trip to the Dolomites, but don’t know which places you should visit, then you have come to the right place! In this article, I have included the 10 most BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING places to visit in the spectacular Italian Dolomites.
1. Tre Cime
Tre Cime (also known as Drei Zinnen, or the Three Peaks), located just Northeast of the famous ski-town Cortina d’Ampezzo, is definitely among the most spectacular and breath-taking nature attractions you’ll find in the region. An icon of the Dolomites, Tre Cime is a top tourist attraction in the region. I personally rate this place, as a whole, the most amazing place to visit in the Dolomites.
The mountain can easily be reached by car, via a toll-road from the village Misurina, in the bottom of the valley. On the top there is a car park, and from here starts a footpath which leads to the other side of the mountain, where the famous view of the Three Peaks can be found. The road is usually open between late Spring and late Autumn, but make sure to check before you pay a visit!
A visit to Tre Cime is definitely something I can recommend!
2. Lake Braies
Lake Braies (also known as Lago di Braies or Pragser Wildsee), is a beautiful lake located in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies nature park in South Tyrol, in the Northernmost parts of the spectacular Dolomites. The unique setting of this mountain lake, along with the dramatic mountains that surrounds it, makes the famous Lake Braies to one of the most beautiful nature attractions in the Dolomites.
The lake is situated in the upper parts of a small side-valley near the village Toblach, not far from the village Bruneck.
3. Passo Giau
Passo Giau (also called Giau pass), is one of the most visited mountain passes in the Dolomites, located just Southwest of the town Cortina d’Ampezzo. Situated on over 2200 meters height, the mountain pass offers an amazing view over the mountains nearby, and an unforgettable nature experience! On a clear day you can see all the way to Tre Cime in the East, and to the mountains near San Martino di Castrozza in the Southwest.
On the top of the pass you will find a restaurant, and a hiking trail that goes to the foot of Monte Nuvolau. The impressive profile of this mountain is one of the main attractions to Passo Giau.
A visit to Passo Giau is highly recommended!
4. Val Gardena
Val Gardena, located just East of the city Bolzano in South Tyrol, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dolomites. Several of the most iconic and famous attractions can be found here, including the impressive mountains of Seceda, and the beautiful alpine meadow Seiser Alm, the highest meadow in the Alps. Val Gardena is also an excellent place to go skiing during the winter.
5. Lake Carezza
Located in the beautiful region South Tyrol, the small lake Carezza (or Karer See in German) is undoubtedly one of the most scenic lakes in the Dolomites. The lake is known for its beautiful emerald green colour, and for its beautiful alpine surroundings.
6. The Friulian Dolomites
Located in the Eastern parts of the Dolomites in the region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, the Friulian Dolomites is the most untouched and unpopulated part of the famous mountain range. Included in the Unesco World Heritage area, the Friulian Dolomites is a paradise for hikers, cross-country skiers and climbers.
7. Lake Landro
Lake Landro (also known as Durrensee in German), is a beautiful mountain lake located just North of the town Cortina. With its turquoise coloured water, and spectacular background, Lake Landro is often rated among the most scenic lakes in the Dolomites.
8. Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most famous towns in the Dolomites. Known for its ski lifts and amazing winter landscape, Cortina d’Ampezzo is famous for having hosted many World Cups, and is now preparing for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2026. The town is also beautiful in the summer, and is a good starting point in exploring the amazing beauty of the Dolomites. Nearby you can find several of the most prominent attractions in the Dolomites, including Tre Cime and Passo Giau.
A visit to Cortina is highly recommended!
9. Val di Funes
Known for its iconic postcard view of the Dolomites, the Val di Funes valley definitely counts among the most scenic mountain valleys in the Dolomites, and is well-worth a visit! The valley is located not far from Bolzano, taking no more than a 40 minutes drive from the city.
10. Lake Misurina
Located not far from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Lake Misurina is another beautiful mountain lake in the Dolomites. Situated on over 1700 meters height in the valley just below Tre Cime, Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake in the historic region Cadore, and is a popular tourist attraction in the region.
Other places to visit
Even after this list, there are still many other amazing and beautiful places to visit in the Dolomites. Among these are: Mt. Marmolada (the highest mountain in the Dolomites), San Martino diCastrozza, Passo Sella, Trento, Lake Fedira, Alta Badia, Alleghe, Auronzo, Lake Toblach and Passo Falzarego.