The Sound of Music

The Von Trapps in Salzburg

During their holidays in Salzburg, guests from around the world visit sights associated with "The Sound of Music". In 1965, this movie was nominated for 10 Oscars, eventually capturing five.  For Julie Andrews, who played the lead role, the film signaled the beginning of her exemplary career. 

“The Sound of Music” is based on a true story: Maria von Kutschera, who was born in Vienna, aspired to become a novice at the Benedictine Convent of Nonnberg in Salzburg, when she was sent by her abbess to serve as the governess for the widowed Baron Georg Ritter von Trapp, where she was to look after his seven children. Later, in the early 1930’s and now the baron’s wife, she founded a family choir.  After the Anschluss with Germany in 1938, the Von Trapp family felt compelled to flee from Austria. 

They landed in the U.S., their only source of income coming from their musical activities.  The family eventually bought a farm in Vermont, which grew over the years into the Trapp Family Lodge. Today it is a hotel.

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