Visitors like the 'Sound of' hotel and museum
Forget the hills. There’s a new hotel in Salzburg that’s really alive with the sound of music.The von Trapp family villa opened to the public for the first time last week as a hotel and museum, 70 years after the clan fled Austria for the U.S. Visitors can sleep in the family’s former bedrooms and even get married in the family chapel. Rates range from $160 for single rooms up to $1,150 for the top suites. Though “The Sound of Music” remains little known in Austria and Germany, it’s one of the main reasons tourists from around the world visit Salzburg annually. Nearly half of all tourists who travel to the Austrian city do so because of the Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer classic, often taking part in sing-a-long tours that visit movie locations, including the former von Trapp villa. The family resided in the 9,450-square-foot home from 1923 to 1938. The Nazis confiscated the house the following year, turning it over to SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who lived there until 1945. It was later bought by Catholic missionaries, who now own the hotel.