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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

  • Out of the high seasons, the Plätzwiese can be reached by car throughout the day (toll road). 
  • On 10 June 2022, the road is closed, and the Plätzwiese can only be reached on foot from the “Brückele” car park (approx. 6 km from the Plätzwiese).
  • From 11 June 2022, it is possible to drive up with your own car BEFORE 10 am and AFTER 3 pm (toll road). The return journey is permitted at any time. 
  • From 10 July to 10 September 2022, the entire valley of Prags (and therefore also the Plätzwiese) is closed to private traffic between 9:30 am and 4 pm. During this time, the valley can only be reached by bus, on foot, by bike, with a valid transit permit or parking reservation. 
  • Private buses and camper vans are not allowed to pass through all year round.


Access with the bus shuttle

  • From 11 June 2022, visitors can reach the Plätzwiese with bus line 443, starting in Welsberg, Toblach/Niederdorf or at the “Brückele” car park (offering a limited number of parking spaces for which a fee is charged).
  • The tariffs and tickets of the public transport service are valid. Mobilcards and guest cards are also valid. 
  • A reservation is not necessary


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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