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How to reach the Plätzwiese in Prags

Just like the Three Peaks and Lake Prags, the Plätzwiese high plateau is one of the most visited places in the Dolomites. In order to preserve its particularity and to allow all the visitors to enjoy nature as quietly as possible, there are special traffic restrictions during the main season.

Framed by Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl, the Plätzwiese plateau is situated at around 2,000 meters above sea level in Prags. If you want to visit the idyllic high mountain pasture, you should inform yourself about the current regulations for access in summer and in winter.


Access with your car or motorbike

  • Since 11.09.2023, the Prags Valley has again been open all day and without online booking for public transport (more information available here).
  • The toll access to the Plätzwiese is still possible until 15.10.2023 for a maximum of 100 cars until 10.00 am and from 3.00 pm. Departure is possible at any time.
  • Private buses and camper vans are not allowed to pass through all year round.

Access with the bus shuttle

  • From June to mid-October, visitors can reach the Plätzwiese on bus line 443. It starts in Welsberg, Toblach/Niederdorf or at the “Brückele” car park (offering a limited number of parking spaces for which a fee is charged).
  • During the winter months, bus line 443 operates between Welsberg and Brückele.
  • From mid-December to the end of March, there is also a shuttle between Brückele and Plätzwiese. 6 km before Plätzwiese at the toll booth is the Brückele car park (fee required).
  • For the bus, the tariffs and tickets of the public transport service are valid. For the shuttle bus, Mobilcards and guest cards are not valid.


On foot or by bike

  • Those who like hiking or biking, can reach the Plätzwiese high plateau in Prags at any time and without restriction.
  • On foot, for example, you can start directly at the “Brückele” car park and hike along the wide gravel path to the Plätzwiese (walking time approx. 2-2.5 hours). The trail starting in Schmieden is somewhat longer (walking time approx. 3.5 hours).
  • Cyclists reach the high plateau from Schmieden via trail no. 37 in about 2.5 hours, covering approx. 800 metres in altitude.


Further information:

Tourist office Pragser Tal valley
+39 0474 748 660

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