Salzburg, Austria. 23rd - 24th December 2016
Villa Von Trapp
For those of you who may not know, The Sound of Music was actually based on a real life musical family living in Salzburg. The character of Maria was based on the life of Maria Augusta who married Georg Von Trapp, a marine captain in 1927 & later wrote a book about her family’s life. Like the movie, Capt. Von Trapp was a stern man of significant wealth. He was originally married to the daughter of the man who invented & produced the torpedo. The couple had 7 children but his wife developed scarlet fever and died aged just 31.
The real home of the Von Trapps is in Aigen, about 10 mins outside Salzburg. The family lived at this residence from 1923 - 1938. In 2008 it was turned into a hotel called villa Trapp so we couldn't resist checking in for one night to have a nose around. Basic but authentic, the 3 storey house is not quite as grand in the one in the movie. One can imagine the rooms filled with people, 7 children, the captain, maria and presumably some staff would have had the house at full capacity.