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My 7 most beautiful photo locations in the Dolomites beyond Instagram

The most beautiful mountains in the world – this is how the Dolomites are often called. Nowhere in the Alpine region are the peaks more rugged, nowhere is access to these regions so comparatively easy. In this article we would like to introduce you to what we think are the most beautiful photo spots in the Dolomites. Many of these photo locations are easy for everyone to reach, but some are only accessible on foot.

The 7 most beautiful photo spots in the Dolomites

Church St. Magdalena in front of the Geisler group

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The famous church with the towering Puez Geislker Mountain Range in the backdrop. This is just a stunning place.

The small church of St. Magdalena is probably the most famous photo location in the Dolomites among landscape photographers.

Juicy green grass, the romantic chapel and in the background the threateningly steep peaks of the Geisler group are a combination that landscape photographers obviously cannot resist.

Close by in the village is another beautifully located church. It’s an easy walk a bit up the hill. I leave this spot to your imagination and to discover the area for yourself on an easy 1h hike.

Karer Lake (Lago di Carezza) and Latemar

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Lago di Carezza with Latemar refelction. Do not jump over the fence, this is a national park!

The Karer Lake or Lago di Carezza is located directly on a main road with a large parking lot and is a must-see photo location in the Dolomites.

The water of the lake is thanks to the barriers still and mostly crystal clear, the steep rock crags of the Latemar are reflected in it when there is no wind.

Mountain Moments Tip: A unique photo location, especially in non-sunshine weather. Please hold to the perimeter! The local nature conservation authorities have not established these without good reason.

Braies Wild Lake – Lago di Braies

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The infamous Instagram Hot Spot Lago di Braies. Even if it’s crowded, still a view you should not miss.

Pragser Wildsee is probably the most photographed lake in the Alps. Direct access from the parking lot and a location that seems to inspire millions of Instagram users to selfie pose.

The lake itself is impressively flanked by steep dolomite cliffs. The rowing boat hut in the foreground has already been repeated millions of times, especially for selfie photography.

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An unedited photograph from Lago di Braies. This is how this photo spot looks in real life. In this year the water level was quite low due to a dry winter.

You find the best photo location at Lago di Braies basically just next to the parking lot, you can’t miss it.

Mountain Moments Tip: Please do not climb onto the jetty or over the hut or over the boats like everyone else.

Tre Cime (the Three Peaks)

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On a biking trip i just passed by accidentially the Tre Cime. Even in mid-day light (didn’t have time to stay) they just look stunning!

The Three Peaks Hike is probably one of the most famous photo hikes in the Alps. Who has paid the quite hefty toll to the Rifugio Auronzo (approx. 30 Euro per car, it’s cheaper to take a public bus), can do this simple hike however also in Flipflops – in fact I have seen ladies in High Heels here trying to walk on the gravel roads.

Landscape photographers often choose the sunset from the hiking trail east of the Three Peaks from the starting point, or spend the night in the Tre Cime hut and include it in your composition.

Cinque Torri

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One of the most famous landmarks in the Dolomites are the Cinque Torri (5 peaks). Easy to reach with a short walk and a great insta location.

The landmark of the Dolomites is a very small but beautiful rock formation: The 5 Torri.

With a short lift ride or a hike of about one hour you reach this world-famous photo spot from the Passo Falzarego or the car park a little further east on the main road (bus stop “Cinque Torri”).

Photo spot Seiser Alm and Langkofel/Plattkofel

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The biggest and maybe also the most beautiful alpine meadows: Alpe di Suisi in autumn light. In the distance Langkofel and Plattkofel. This photo location is really easy to reach by lift and a 20min walk.

One of the most popular photo spots for photo workshops and landscape photography courses in the Alps is the Seiser Alm.

The largest alpine pasture in the Alps offers a uniquely cultivated alpine landscape, rustic huts, easy hiking trails and breathtaking views of Sassolungo and Plattkofel. You will find one of the most popular photo spots in the northeastern area not far from the top station of the gondola from Ortisei.

Photo hiking and Dolomite panorama

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One of the many photo opportunies that arise on one of the many beautiful hikes in the Dolomites. Marmolata Mountain in the background.

Our last photo spot is not a classic location in itself. Rather, we would like to motivate you to look for your own favourite photo location. We have been hiking countless times in the Dolomites and again and again we discover new top photo locations. The especially nice thing about it is the surprise effect.

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This photo spot is not that far from Lago di Braies. I urge you to discover more than just the most liked spots on instagram.

The photo locations mentioned above are all documented hundreds of thousands of times. If you are there, you already know in advance what to expect (in the best case). The photo locations you find yourself are therefore often more worth remembering. You’ll remember her for the rest of your life. So, go out and discover your own top photo spots.

So, you made it this far! Congratulations, you just read my peronal list of favourite locations and photo spots in the Dolomites. What are your favourite spots? Which one do you find the most beautiful?

Do you want more photo spots and need help getting there? Book a guided private photo tour with me. We can go on an easy hike, i can teach you photography basics on location, we work on your portfolio or i assist you on a demanding multipleda trek or steep backcountry tour.

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