We are traveling with four teenagers ages ranging 17-15. We have always talked about doing a Sound of Music Tour so that is how the trip got started. We talked about adding a stop to Dachau. We are flying into Munich and only have 6 nights and 5 days. . Our flight arrives at 11am and departs at 11am 6 days later. My first blush was to do two nights in Munich staying near the city center but remembered staying outside of town once at an airport hotel and enjoying the small city we visited but might not be wise. Now I am thinking to go to Salzburg first and just fight our way through the first day and take the train from the airport to Salzburg giving us 3 nights there and then do Dachau on the return. If we do it this way we would train to Salzburg and then rent a car the 3rd day and use it to travel back to Munich making a stop at Dachau easier unless someone thinks we can do it all by train. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I think your itinerary is very do-able. And Dachau is a very important travel sight for young people to see. You might do better to take the train back to Munich from Salzburg and then pick up the rental car. Those drop off fees (in another country) really hurt the pocketbook.
As far as where you stay in Munich, I prefer within walking distance of the City Hall, etc. There's so much to see there and the Deutsche Museum would be a good stop for the teenagers.
I'd do Munich the first night or two. Our spring connections/ flights to Munich were so delayed that we arrived in Munich after midnight. I was so glad we had not planned to go on to Salzburg that first day. Since COVID, flight delays and cancelations have increased. Just something to consider. Safe travels!
My suggestion is to prepare your children for Dachau. It's a very emotional experience and therefore they better understand exactly why it happened. RS videos on this subject are a good start.
Visiting Munich with teenagers can be fun.
-A good idea is to book a Segway tour and explore Munich including the English Garden
-If they are up for an adventure they could climb the roof of the iconic Olympic Stadion ... or at least go up to the Olympic Tower
-It is always fun to watch the Eisbach surfers in the English Garden
-When they are interested in soccer visit the Allianz Arena/FC Bayern museum (proud home of Munich's soccer club FC Bayern)
-Visiting BMW world and museum could be fun as well even if you're not into cars
-Visiting Werksviertel and have lunch/dinner there would be great or just climb at the amazing climbing wall: https://www.munich.travel/en/topics/urban-districts/futuristic-nesting-ground-with-history-and-lots-of-life-culture-and-creativity
-Munich is maybe not the capital of Street Art but you can find and book a bike tour:-) https://www.munich.travel/en/topics/urban-districts/column-a-vacation-in-my-own-city/discover-street-art-bike-tour
When will you travel to Munich? Maybe there is a cool festival at this time?