Traveling to the Dolomites? Don’t miss out on the fairy tale lake of the Dolomites: Lago di Carezza or the Karersee, how it is actually called in this German speaking region of Italy: South Tyrol. This is a must-do in the Dolomites, the rainbow lake that you have seen many times on Instagram with the iconic and majestic backdrop of the mighty peaks of the Latemar Mountain Range.
Here is a complete guide to visit Lago di Carezza with: how to get there, best time to visit, hiking trails, the legend, storm Vaia, the facilities, parking space, where to stay and much more. The lake is located in South Tyrol, a German speaking region of Italy. Therefore the lake has an Italian name: Lago di Carezza and a German name as most locals call it: Karersee. They are both the exact same. You will see sign posts on your way in both languages.
The lake is located at 1,520 meter (4,985 ft.) above sea level and is about 300 meters (984 ft.) long and 140 meter (460 ft.) wide. The water level varies throughout the season and is at its lowest going towards winter as the lake is fed with spring water from the Latemar Mountain Range. I can tell you in winter it was nothing like it is in summer. The lake is frozen with a bunch of snow on it. The backdrop of the mighty Latemar Mountain Range are still epic, but definitely come here when the snow and ice is gone.
Towards April the ice is melted and the water level starts to rise with the coming of the Spring season. Days are shorter, temperatures are lower, but tourists are rare at that time of the year. Therefore the spring months of April and May are the best time to visit Lago di Carezza.
Peak months in summer are July and August, expect big crowds on these days. September and October are also low-season and not that busy. But regardless what time of the year you visit Lake Carezza, either go early or late. Sunrise is absolutely epic, so is sunset. Therefore I advice you to stay in a hotel near Lago di Carezza. In the early morning you will have the lake all to yourself!
Also try to go on a sunny day. The colors of the lake are mesmerising and the sunlight hitting the water pierces through to the bottom. On a cloudy day you won’t have any of that and it will look a little disappointing may be
If you are looking to park your camper van next to Lake Carezza you pay €30 per day, Im not sure if there are electricity plugs, but I guess not. If you drive into the parking area you need to grab a ticket from the machine to open the gate. Next to the restaurant there is a ticket machine where you will need to insert your parking ticket and pay the due amount upon leaving. The machine accepts all major credit cards.
The most popular activities around Lake Carezza are hiking and e-mountainbiking. There are numerous hiking trails around Lago Carezza, but the most popular one is of course the loop around the lake. The circular route around gives you scenic views over the lake from all angles. It is an easy 20 minute walk that is predominantly flat. Lago Carezza is completely fenced off and there is a path along, you can’t get lost!