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POTD: Villa Trapp in Austria – where The Sound of Music began

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Photo of the Day: Our first two nights in Austria were at the Villa Trapp, the original mansion of the Von Trapp family, in the suburbs of Salzburg.

The entrance to the Villa Trapp - where the real von Trapp family lived and played.

The entrance to the Villa Trapp – where the real von Trapp family lived and played.

* All the photos in this article were taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The back of Villa Trapp with the lawn and facing the mountains. We picnic-ed for lunch here upon arrival on the first day.

The back of Villa Trapp with the lawn and facing the mountains. We picnic-ed for lunch here upon arrival on the first day.

I first watched the movie, “The Sound of Music” as a child and loved it – so did my entire family.

Fountain on the wall of one of the sheds on the grounds of Villa Trapp.

Fountain on the wall of one of the sheds on the grounds of Villa Trapp.

So when we decided to visit Austria, we jumped at the idea of staying in Villa Trapp, where the real Von Trapp family actually lived from 1923 to 1938, when they migrated to the US.

This house was not the one seen in the movie, which used two other grander houses for exterior shots and a studio set in Hollywood for the interior scenes.

The stately three-storey building was built in 1863 and has 22 rooms.

Georg Von Trapp had bought and moved to the house in 1923 with his seven children when his wife died of Scarlet fever.

Maria Augusta Kutschera came to the von Trapp family in 1926 to take care of one of the children – also named Maria.

Wedding photo of Georg and Maria von Trapp, on a mantelpiece in the lounge of Villa Trapp.

Wedding photo of Georg and Maria von Trapp, on a mantelpiece in the lounge of Villa Trapp.

Although she was to stay for only 10 months, she began looking after the other children as well and married Georg in 1927.

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