Mega-fans of The Sound of Music will have to content themselves with mere gawking these days. The city of Aigen — where the real Von Trapp family made their home — just shut down a hotelier's plans to transform the Villa Trapp into a 14 room inn. Aigen leaders are concerned that even more tourists will be trooping through town singing "The Lonely Goatherd" once they know the actual Von Trapps didn't live in the Leopoldskron Castle. Because, after all, what Austrians need in today's economy is fewer small business owners and cash-flush tourists ready to buy stuff. [NY Times, YouTube, Visit Saltzburg]


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If anyone watches Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel, she went to some of the Sound of Music sites when covering Salzburg. They made a pretty big point that the locals don't really know the movie as it never caught on in Austria. They just run for the tours for the tourists and laugh at us.