Vienna - The home of the legendary Trapp family, protagonists of the famous movie, The Sound of Music, is to be converted into a hotel, management told reporters Tuesda.
Villa Trapp, located on the outskirts of Salzburg, was home to the Trapp family from 1923 to 1938.
The singing family became world renowned when the story about their daring escape from the Nazis was made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in 1965.
From July 1 onwards, fans of the movie, who still make the pilgrimage to film locations in Salzburg by the thousands every year, can access a small exhibition and the villa's park.
The 14-room hotel will be open from July 25, the Villa Trapp hotel management told reporters Tuesday.
The rooms are the ones occupied by the Trapps and their children. While still in a very good condition, they no longer contain any original furniture, they said.
One night in the Trapp villa will cost fans 100 euros (155 dollars), including breakfast. Admission to the park and the exhibition are expected to come to 9 euros.
The building was acquired by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, a Catholic order, in 1949, who have now decided to rent it owing to "financial considerations."
From 1939 to 1945 the 878-square-metre villa was occupied by Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, who converted the villa's chapel into a beer hall.
Today, fans will have the chance to exchange their vows in the chapel and stay at the villa's honeymoon suite. (dpa)
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