Thursday, May 15, 2008

Von Trapp family home to open as a hotel

I was in Salzburg last year (and yes, I am a huge Sound of Music fan!) and I did not think to go see the von Trapp villa. Perhaps the next time I visit Salzburg I will be able to stay there!

P.S. I understand that some Austrians are not happy with this development and are protesting the opening of the hotel.

The von Trapp family home, loved by fans of The Sound of Music, is to open its doors to the public as a hotel.

The move marks the latest chapter in the sometimes dark history of the villa, near Salzburg, where the family lived until they fled the Nazis in 1938.

Their years in the house inspired one of the most successful films of all time, in which an aspiring nun, played by Julie Andrews, charms the widower Baron von Trapp and his seven children with her music.

"It's a hugely popular idea," said Christopher Unterkofler, who is opening the hotel with his partner in July. Despite thousands of enthusiasts from across the globe now flocking to Salzburg every year, Mr Unterkofler said the site remained relatively unknown in its homeland.

And here is a link to a site with the story of the Von Trapp family.

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