Image: Von Trapps posing
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Offspring of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, Johannes, left, Maria, center, and Erika von Trapp, pose outside their former home, Villa Trapp, in Salzburg, Austria, earlier this year.
updated 12/3/2008 12:24:46 PM ET 2008-12-03T17:24:46

The Austrian city of Salzburg has blocked plans to open a hotel in a former home of the von Trapp family immortalized in “The Sound of Music” after protests by neighbors.

The “Villa Trap” had been expected to open this year in a quiet, upscale Salzburg neighborhood.

Area residents had feared tourists would tie up traffic and make a nuisance of themselves.

Hotel organizers say they will appeal Wednesday’s decision by the urban planning committee.

The home once belonged to the von Trapps. The family was made famous in the 1965 movie in which Julie Andrews played a nun-turned-nanny who cared for a widower’s seven children and fell in love with him during World War II. The film altered some details of the family’s history.

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