The International SOS –Feriendorf celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013.
The children with the staff and many invited guests, including founder personalities who were there in 1953, celebrated the anniversary of the SOS-Feriendorf together.
"During the long summer holidays, the older kids need to spend some time outside the Children's Village. For the boys, we are looking for a place on a lake for camping, for the girls, we need a solid construction as a holiday home. " That´s what Hermann Gmeiner said at the beginning of 1953 and unconsciously laid the foundation stone for the SOS-Feriendorf in Caldonazzo, reported in 2003 Fritz Haider, the first employee of Hermann Gmeiner. (Source: 60 Jahre SOS Feriendorf Caldonazzo, Mag. Othmar Czihak)
Hermann Gmeiner and Fritz Haider drove to the Italian region of Trentino, looking for a suitable place. The Lake Garda was already developed for tourism , and therefore was not right for the purposes of Hermann Gmeiner. He then discovered on the map that there are two lakes lying nearby Levico . One of them was the Lake Caldonazzo. At that time Caldonazzo was not developed for tourism and thus suitable as a resort for the children.
The first years were very modest, but over the decades, the SOS-Feriendorf has developed into a center for international and multicultural encounter between European SOS Children's Villages. Bungalow, hygienic facilities, a private beach, a large kitchen, the administration office and a hotel created a standard which enables innumerable children and guests to have a dream holiday . Sports and play facilities complete the holiday experience. Despite the high standards of organization of such a large holiday village, the original character of " carefree holiday and summer fun for children” is still there.