A challenging mountain bike tour that takes us to the breathtakingly beautiful Prato Piazza and a magnificent Alpine panorama
Distance 42.2 km
The Prato Piazza is a well-known high plateau in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, in the middle of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. It stretches at about 2000 m above sea level and is framed by the striking peaks of Hohe Gaisl, Drei Zinnen, Tofana and Monte Cristallo.
Prato Piazza is a popular destination for excursions in summer and winter. In the snow-free season a demanding mountain bike tour leads from Dobbiaco up to the plateau. Here you can follow the tracks of the famous "Dolomiti Super Bike" Challenge - one of the toughest mountain bike races in Europe.
Especially on the high plateau Prato Piazza you should expect hikers and walkers and therefore ride carefully.
From Dobbiaco we start in southern direction, first parallel to the main road. The cycle path leads us slightly uphill into the Höhlenstein Valley, past the Dobbiaco Lake and the Dürrensee. After about 13 km we turn right and follow the signs for Cortina d'Ampezzo. Only a few hundred metres later we turn right onto a historic military road, which leads us up a steeper slope to fortifications dating from the First World War. Right next to it we find the Dürrenstein hut, a panoramic place to stop.
After a well-deserved break, we cross the Prato Piazza on path no. 37 and then descend through the Platzwald forest on a forest road to "Brüggele". There we follow the main road for a moment, but soon turn back onto trail nr. 37. We reach the hamlet of "Säge", from where an asphalt cycle path leads back to our starting point via Braies and Villabassa.
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By train to Dobbiaco station
On the Brenner motorway A22 to Brixen, then continue on the SS49 via Bruneck to Dobbiaco
Parking in and around Dobbiaco
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Roadworthy (e-)mountain bike with plenty of suspension travel, bike helmet, daytime bike rucksack (approx. 20 litres) with rain cover, mountain bike shoes with ankle protection, weather-adapted and hard-wearing clothing based on the multi-layer principle (e.g. functional shirt, cycling jersey, bib shorts, arm warmers and leg warmers), shatterproof cycling glasses, long-finger gloves, air pump, cycling tools, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, water bottle and suitable holder, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, mobile phone holder for the handlebars if necessary, map material