Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sound of Music villa as tourist Trapp?

VIENNA — The hills are alive ... with the sound of protest.

Plans to run a hotel out of a former home of the von Trapp family immortalized in the movie The Sound of Music have triggered fierce resistance from neighbours who fear tourists will tie up traffic and make a nuisance of themselves.

"We will fight this with all means at our disposal," said Andreas Braunbruck, who lives near the Villa Trapp in a neighbourhood of Salzburg already teeming with Sound of Music tourists seeking a glimpse of the house. "Buses and cars are constantly in the street in front of our homes as it is," he told Austrian television.

The 125-year-old, pale yellow villa trimmed in white and black is perched on the outskirts of Salzburg, where the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer was made.

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