The Sound Of Music is an epic film that fans continue to love and cherish to this day. What most people don’t know is that the story of the real Von Trapp Family, and the story told in the movie aren’t exactly one and the same. There are many discrepancies between the Von Trapp Family’s true experience in Austria, and Julie Andrews’ experience with Captain Georg Von Trapp and his seven children.
First of all, there were actually ten children in the Von Trapp family, not seven. Seven of the children were from Georg Von Trapp’s marriage to his first wife, but he and Maria eventually had three children of their own together.
Maria came to the Von Trapp Family home as a teacher for Georg’s daughter, also named Maria, who was recovering from scarlet fever. All of the real names of the Von Trapp children were changed in the movie. Maria fell in love with the children first, but didn’t feel the same about Georg until after they were married. She grew to love him very deeply.
Another big difference between the Von Trapp true story and The Sound Of Music is that Georg Von Trapp was actually a very gentle, loving man. He did not run his house like a ship, and he was affectionate with his children.
The final scene in The Sound Of Music with the Von Trapp Family climbing over the Alps into Switzerland did not happen. The family left Austria because they opposed the Nazi regime, not because they were in danger. They traveled to Italy, not Switzerland, and eventually went to the United States to tour as a singing group.
The Von Trapp Family ultimately settled in Stowe, Vermont, where they bought a farm and started a singing camp. Georg Von Trapp died in 1948, and is buried on the property, which is now the Trapp Family Lodge. Maria Von Trapp was laid to rest beside him in 1987.