Your post was wonderful. We are planning our first family trip to Europe and have a total of 4 days for the Munich/Salzburg area. We have two fortunate children (12 and 13) and are an athletic group, focused more on being outside and active.
My husband wants to stay in Munich for a few days, as he lived their once but we plan to spend two of the 4 days in either Salzburg or Hallstatt. The kids will most enjoy the salt mines, ice caves and biking around and flat town. I have identified hotels in both locations (Salzburg is in the heart of the town) and Hallstatt is on the lake.
What is your suggestion for where to base; if we stay in Salzburg, we can get their easily from Munich, spend the night, awake and go to Hallstatt for the entire day, come back spend the night in Salzburg and (I think) depart more directly out of the region (via Munich). If we stay in Hallstatt will I feel like Heidi and feel I've really arrived????