Fanes – Senes – Braies Natural Park/Naturpark Fanes – Sennes – Prags

Set up in 1980, the Park covers more than 25,000 hectares in the Badia, Marebbe, Pusteria and Landro valleys, one of the most sparsely populated areas in South Tyrol, with its plateaux and peaks in the northern part of the Dolomites. The Park’s Visitor Centre is located in San Vigilio di Marebbe. The terrain in this area is dotted with karsic formations, which come in all shapes and sizes: we can find areas with limestone pavements, fissures, wells and sink holes, where water often collects in temporary lakes. Due to the high altitude, plant life consists mainly of conifers (Norway spruce, larch, mountain pine and Swiss pine). The fauna is varied and features species which seek quiet habitats where they will not be disturbed: roe deer, chamois, snow-grouse, black grouse and of course marmots, the subject of many local legends. The marmots had a special place in the hearts of the legendary people of Fanes, the wise, peace-loving inhabitants of this magical kingdom which was brought to a premature end by the marriage between its princess and a foreign prince. In the centre of the Park is a highly original rock formation, known as the Marmots’ Parliament where legend has it that the rodents sheltered the last people of Fanes. The most beautiful place in the Park, however, is Lake Braies whose origins are purely natural and not at all magical. (source: Green Guide, the Touring Club of Italy)

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Nature park house Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies