The hills are alive, with the sound of hotel guests.
The onetime Salzburg, Austria, home of the Family Von Trapp – made famous by the popular 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews – is about to get a new lease on life: as a hotel.
Not only will overnight visitors be allowed to sleep in the same bedrooms as the seven children, let alone Maria (Andrews) and the Captain (Christopher Plummer), but prospective brides and grooms will be able to marry in the Von Trapp’s private chapel, reports the BBC.
The hotel, along with an adjacent park, is to be ready for occupancy come July. As for dough re mi, room rates will be about $180 a night.
“The hotel really is a milestone for the commercialization of The Sound of Music for Salzburg,” said Leo Bauernberger, of the town’s provincial tourism board, who called the beloved musical “truly a stroke of luck for this city.”
The real Von Trapps occupied the villa from 1923 until they fled the Nazis, in 1938. After their departure, Nazi security chief Heinrich Himmler occupied the premises until 1945.
The family eventually settled in Vermont.