We’ve already made around 20 hiking trips to the Alps and the most incredible, breathtaking views we’ve found in the Dolomites, South Tirol, Italy. In this post, I described three (relatively) easy hiking routes in the Dolomites that will open the stunning beauty of this region.

The Adolf Munkel Trail, 9 km, 400 m of elevation gain

The Adolf Munkel Trail

The Adolf Munkel Trail

The spectacular trail route Adolf-Munkel-Weg starts from the parking area and ends there as well, which is very convenient if you’re looking for a day hike. You need to find the parking area in Zannes/Zans and follow Trail No. 6 towards Tschantschenon until you reach the bridge. Turn right there, and then follow signs to Adolf Munkel Weg, No. 35. There are plenty of signs, so it is hard to get lost.

hiking routes in the dolomites italy

The Adolf Munkel Trail

hiking routes in the dolomites italy

Zanser Alm hiking route

On the way, we saw mountains that look like giant teeth, Tschantschenon Stream, alpine meadows and beautiful forest. We also passed by Zanser Alm, a traditional South Tirol restaurant where you can take a rest and try local food.

Zanser Alm

Zanser Alm

Zanser Alm

Zanser Alm

An exact description of the route and a map:

Bonus: Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

The Adolf Munkel Trail is started not so far from one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the world, Santa Magdalena. It was the first place I wanted to see in the Dolomites. We parked in the village and walked around for one hour or so, making also a stop for a picnic with a view.

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

The weather conditions are changing there very fast, so the mountain view is also changing many times during the day. It could be much better than on the picture below – check it on Google.

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

Scout was the happiest dog in the world there because she loved this rich and lush green grass that you can find only in the mountains.

Santa Magdalena, Val di Funes

Scout’s happy place

Walk around Lago di Braies, 3,6 km, 86 m of elevation gain

I guess, Lago di Braies or, in German, Pragser Wildsee is one of the most popular Instagram-lakes in the Alps. Bloggers all around the world are gathering there already at 5 a.m. to make the best picture of the empty lake. But we came around 10 a.m.

Lago di Braies hiking route

Walk around Lago di Braies

Pragser Wildsee hiking trail

The hike starts from the parking near the lake. It is no hope of being there alone. But it is obvious – such a beautiful, easy-reachable spot is attractive for everyone. Just be prepared for the crowd and enjoy! The route is suited for hikers all levels, including kids.

Lago di Braies hiking route

Lago di Braies hiking route

Pragser Wildsee hiking trail

Happy hikers

Walk around Lago di Braies

The lake is cold but I couldn’t resist swimming in Lago di Braies (I’m Russian, after all!). The water is so transparent, fresh and turquoise… If you don’t want to swim, you can rent a boat, which is a cool thing to do there as well.

Lago di Braies swimming

Lago di Braies swimming

An exact description of the route and a map:

Hiking route near Racines, 12 km, 1273 m of elevation gain

Another nice hike we did near the hotel where we stayed. It was a cozy Alpenspitz Hotel in Ratschings, Sterzing. What I’ve already learned in the Alps: there are great routes everywhere. Just come, take a look at the brochures in the hotel and choose the destination you like. We just did it like this and found a good route that suited our wishes and timing.

hike in the dolomites

In the morning

hiking routes in the dolomites italy

hiking routes in the dolomites italy

This route was not so easy with a more than 1200 m of elevation gain. But we were rewarded with magnificent views!

hiking route Racines, Dolomites

Unlike Lago di Braies, the region Racines is not so famous. The good thing is: you feel nature. We met almost nobody. The bad thing: all the restaurants in the mountains were closed during the weekdays.

hiking route Racines, Dolomites

hiking route Racines, Dolomites

Stepa loves the mountains

hiking route Racines, Dolomites

Snow in June

Instead of people, we met many goats that didn’t like Scout (and Scout didn’t like them). Somehow we passed through but it was not a good experience. Such things make hiking in the mountains a little bit wild and very authentic but also quite scary (at least, for me). Anyway, it was a great adventure!

hiking route Racines, Dolomites

An exact description of the route and a map:

Sometimes it could be hard to find hiking routes in the Dolomites or somewhere else online, so we usually plan many hikes already after the arrival. Hotels, campings, and tourist offices offer a bunch of information for every need. Don’t be afraid to come without concrete plans – in the Dolomites wonderful hiking opportunities are everywhere!

Winter hiking in the Alps

Dog-friendly ski resorts