The Sound of Music Story

The Story of the Trapp Family in Salzburg

The real story of the Trapp family deviates in certain respects from the musical and film versions of “The Sound of Music”. That doesn’t make the Trapps’ experiences in Salzburg and the USA any less exciting though!

Maria Augusta von Trapp (nee Kutschera) was born into very modest circumstances. After the death of her parents, she was raised by her grandparents and by a guardian. Trained as a teacher, she worked as an educator (but not as a novice nun) at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, eventually joining the order. By 1925, the abbess had already assigned her to tutor the daughter of Baron Georg Ludwig von Trapp, a retired Austrian naval captain. In November 1927, Maria became the second wife of the widowed baron. Between 1929 and 1931, she bore her husband two daughters: Rosemarie and Eleonore.

In 1935, the family lost all its wealth during the worldwide depression. In order to keep the wolves from the door, Maria Trapp organized the children, ten in all, into a family choir. The house chaplain, Franz Wasner, took charge of the musical direction. A mere two years later, the Trapp family was able to win first prize at a competition at the famous Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival). After the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria to the Third Reich, the Trapp family fled to the USA by way of Italy (and not via Switzerland).

The Trapps settled down in Vermont. This was to be the home base for a series of worldwide tours by the “Trapp Family Singers” that was to eventually add up to some 2,000 concerts in all. In 1956, the choir was dissolved, but Maria Augusta von Trapp had already begun writing down her recollections as early as 1952. These were to form the basis for the phenomenally successful musical and film versions of “The Sound of Music”. Maria Augusta von Trapp passed away at the age of 82 in 1987. Members of the family still live at the Vermont ranch to this day.

The memory of the Trapps is kept alive and well in today’s Salzburg. You can take a “Sound of Music” tour and visit some of the original shooting locations of the film, or enjoy the Trapps’ beautiful songs at a live concert. At the amadeo hotel Salzburg, you will find all the key locations for your “Sound of Music” holiday right at your doorstep! Act now to reserve your room in Salzburg with a non-binding request.


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