Kolsass is a little holiday village located between Innsbruck and the Zillertal valley.
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Altitude: 553 m asl
Already in 1050 AD Kolsass was mentioned as “Quolesazz” or “Cholsasz”, referring to the Rhaeto-Romanic words “col” (hill) and “sass” (rock). Probably these terms refer to the Rettenberg castle hill, which has already been settled in the Iron Age. The emblem of the municipality, showing two intertwined yellow dragon heads, also reminds on the above mentioned castle, as it is the emblem of the former owner of Rettenberg Castle, knight Florian Waldauf.
Up to the 20th century Kolsass remained a mainly rural village. Closely connected with the neighbouring village of Weer, located at the other side of the detritic cone of the Weerbach river, in both of the localities there is a common school, so to speak a common primary school in Kolsass and a common secondary school in Weer. Worth visiting is the Maria Heimsuchung (Visitation of Mary) parish church founded in pre- Carolingian times. Also worth mentioning is the Rettenberg ruin, located along the road from Kolsass to Kolsassberg: constructed in the 14th century by the Earls of Rottenburg, in the 18th century the castle was demolished in order to use the material for the reconstruction of the church of Wattens. Only four corner towers, the palace and the walls of the castle have been preserved up to present times…
In summer tourists and guests are mainly attracted by the fabulous world of mountains which is perfect for activities such as mountaineering, cycling, climbing or making a pleasant picnic. In winter, however, there are the lift facilities at Kolsassberg as well as the cross-country ski tracks in the surroundings. By the way, the Alpine city of Innsbruck is located only 20 km from the village of Kolsass, so you cannot only experience city life, but also choose from the wide variety of leisure time facilities this city offers.
Our recommendation: don’t miss the typical Tyrolean dishes and taste e.g. a so-called “Tiroler Gröstl”, which is a potatoe and meat dish. Potatoes and pork are cut into pieces and roasted in a pan, spiced and served, sometimes also with fried egg. Delicious!