Up to Lake Carezza in the Dolomites
"...where the Dolomites look at themselves in the mirror." [European Commission]
If you are in the Val d’Ega or on holiday near Bolzano, a visit to the beautiful Lake Carezza, which reflects the Catinaccio and Latemar mountain ranges in the Dolomites, is truly a must! The “Rainbow Lake of the Dolomites” is located in the little village of Carezza, directly below the Costalunga Pass and just above Nova Levante – and you don’t even have to take the car to get there: the lake can easily be reached on foot, by mountain bike, by bus or by lift – from whichever direction you choose!
Click to find the itinerary of your choice, with bus timetables, lift systems or MTB trails to suit you – or pick your preferred hiking route to get you as fast as possible to the legendary Lake Carezza.
What you should know...
Exclusively for all guests of the member establishments of the Val d'Ega tourist associations, there is the Guest Pass Val d'Ega, with which they can use public transport free of charge and without restriction during their stay - in Val d'Ega, throughout South Tyrol and of course to Lake Carezza!
You can comfortably start from Welschnofen with the cable car, continue with the new cable car König Laurin I to the middle station, then float with the chair lift Tschein to the Moseralm and then hike via trail no. 16 and trail no. 6 over the suspension bridge to the Lake Carezza in just a few minutes on foot.
Ride on 3 days within 7 or on 5 days within 7 (from first rating) without restrictions on 18 lifts in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage on the Rosengarten, Latemar and on the Schlern: also the lifts to the Lake Carezza are included.
Yes, coaches can reach Lake Carezza at any time. However, there is limited parking for coaches. Find out before you arrive.
There are free toilets in the visitor centre subway.
Lake Carezza is a protected natural monument and in order to preserve and protect its beauty for a long time, we ask you not to exceed the protection limits around Lake Carezza and to treat nature with respect. As the Lake Careza is a protected nature reserve, bathing and swimming in it is also strictly prohibited.
There are a total of 4 reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities at the Lake Carezza car park.
At the lake there is a visitor centre with refreshment facilities and a subway through which visitors can reach the lake barrier-free. The viewing platform at Lake Carezza and the circular path around the lake are also accessible without barriers.
The visitor centre of Lake Carezza offers two bistros where hungry explorers can fortify themselves.
Fancy some traditional South Tyrolean cuisine? In Carezza, a number of restaurants and huts tempt you to enjoy a hearty snack. Here you can find all the restaurants and huts in the area!
Lake Carezza is fed by underground springs from the Latemar mountain range, which is why both its size and depth are highly seasonal and weather-dependent - the greatest depth of Lake Carezza has been recorded at 22 m.
Lake Carezza is accessible around the clock. The visitor centre, the pedestrian subway and the toilets are open daily from 09.00 am - 7.00 pm.
When you arrive at Lake Carezza, you will find three parking options.
Car park 1 is located directly at Lake Carezza and is subject to a fee.
A little further away from the lake there are 2 further parking possibilities, which are free of charge for cars.
All prices and directions can be found here!
Lake Carezza is accessible all year round. In winter, the visitor centre, pedestrian subway and toilets are open from 09.00 am - 5.00 pm. The car park and the circular walk around Lake Carezza are accessible.
Did you know that the Lake Carezza...?
- ....is 300 metres long, 140 metres wide and up to 22 metres deep?
- ...is protected under law and lies at 1,520 metres above sea level?
- ...is fed by underground springs in the Latemar mountains, meaning its size and depth changes with the weather and the seasons?
- ...is home to a statue of the legendary nymph Ondina? She can be found perched on a rock in the middle of the lake and only appears when the water level is low.
- ...reflects the Latemar and Rosengarten/Catinaccio mountains early in the morning, when the peaks dance on the surface of the water?
- ...has drawn famous names to the region including Winston Churchill and Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary?
- ...is in the Ladin language also known as the "Lech de l'ercaboan" (“Rainbow Lake”) thanks to its incredible colours?