Cologna offers a great view on the city of Bolzano.
Boasting some 250 inhabitants, the little village of Cologna is located high above the roofs of Bolzano at 765 m asl, on the southern slope of the Tschoeggelberg. The name of the village derives from “Glan”, which is a term that today is still in use in the Val Passiria and which means cranberry. Hereafter Cologna refers to a “place with cranberries”.
In the 16th century the little village has become a pilgrimage site. The picturesque S. Martino church is located on a green meadow, surrounded by majestic chestnut trees. Also a walking trails has been dedicated to S. Martino: the S. Martino trail is a 3 km long circular route that has been inaugurated on November 11, 2008 and is meant to bring nature closer especially to children, but is also dedicated to the life of the patron saint of Cologna.
An activity that is rather popular in the village is the traditional Toerggelen in autumn. Many farms and taverns offer these typical evenings, serving home-made sausages and sauerkraut or the typical “Schlutzkrapfen” or dumplings. Roasted chestnuts and sweet bakery follow these dishes.