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50 Years - The Sound of Music

In 2015, “The Sound of Music”, the most successful film musical in history, celebrates its 50th birthday. It was thanks to this Hollywood movie that Salzburg City, home to so many of the most famous shooting locations, became truly world-famous.

The Trapp family is inseparably linked with the baroque city of Salzburg -- but many facts aren't widely known.

Did you know that the famed family lost its fortune in 1933 and Maria von Trapp dismissed the servants, moved the family into the servants' quarters and rented out their former home? One of her guests, upon hearing her children sing, suggested they enter a folk music contest. It's here that the familiar story began, leading to one of the most successful musicals ever. "The Sound of Music" gave us ”Edelweiss,” ”Do-Re-Mi” and ”My Favorite Things,” classics still passed from generation to generation.

Today, the musical returns to its Salzburg origins, at the stately Salzburger Landestheater. Don't just see the show -- book a "Ticket & Backstage" package for a behind-the-curtains tour to meet the actors, enjoy sparkling wine and receive a one-of-a-kind gift.

The Villa Trapp

One unique highlight is undoubtedly the Villa Trapp, the former home of the Trapp family, with its doors now open to guests as a hotel garni.

A special exhibition in 2015 entitled “Image, Reality, and the Third Reich” will deal with some of the central historical issues: “Image” focuses on “The Sound of Music” the musical, which attained worldwide fame with a script based on a true family story.  “Reality”, on the other hand, documents how very different the actual history of the Trapps really was. The third area of focus is dedicated to the Third Reich: corvette captain Georg Ritter von Trapp was one of the outstanding personalities of World War One. But during the Second World War, he refused to fight on the side of the National Socialists, resulting in he and his family being forced to emigrate to the USA.

The ground floor is home to an exhibition which details the true life of the Trapp family, as it does the history of the Austrian imperial navy along with its most successful representative, Georg Ritter von Trapp. Showing on the first floor is a film entitled “The True Story” presented in cooperation with Bavaria Film.

The remaining areas of the house will continue to be used as a hotel. 

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The main purpose of the two main domains and is the promotion of Austria as a holiday destination.