Lake Dobbiaco

Il Dobbiaco lake it is located in the municipality of the same name in Val Pusteria (province of Bolzano) at 1176m above sea level, between the Sesto Dolomites natural park and the Fanes – Sennes and Braies natural park, near the border with Austria.

The beautiful lake of Dobbiaco originated in ancient times, when numerous landslides continually detached from the surrounding mountains. Nowadays, fed by the Rienza river, the lake bed is covered with debris and this is the cause of its shallow depth, which must be remedied manually through periodic maintenance works to remove the sediments on the bottom. Furthermore, every year the underwater vegetation is eliminated, which grows thanks to the favorable environmental conditions and which further contributes to diminishing the surface of the water mirror. To keep the lake a tourist destination, the road was even moved, allowing the construction of parking lots and facilitating access for pedestrians.

Reaching Lake Dobbiaco by car is very simple: just take the Strada Statale 51, which starts from Dobbiaco, heading south towards Cortina d'Ampezzo. The lake is on the right after a few kilometres, past the town of Seghe. A curiosity: the lake is surrounded by some bunkers that were built before the Second World War at the behest of Benito Mussolini, with the aim of protecting access to Italy, specifically they were part of the barrier work of the northern Val di Landro.

The water of Lake Dobbiaco, although beautiful, is very cold even in summer and therefore it is not suitable for swimming, but it is possible to navigate the waters by boat or pedal boat to spend a nice day with the family.
Fishing enthusiasts are in the right place: you can buy a license on site and spend a beautiful day hunting for trout and bullhead fish, a species of freshwater declared protected and therefore impossible to eat. In winter the lake freezes completely and you can walk or play curling.

Lake Dobbiaco is passable for the entire perimeter on foot. The route, of high naturalistic interest, was built in 2000 and is interspersed with 11 tables that explain and illustrate the local flora and fauna, as well as the geological and morphological characteristics of the lake and the surrounding mountains. It will be a nice walk to take with the children to educate them about the environment and to educate them by spending a day outdoors.

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