Like all "theme" towns, after its original premise, and its wild popularity, a town starts adding things that will keep others coming back-larger hotels, larger pools, indoor waterparks, shopping, more general restaurants, other forms of music venues, bars, more festivals, horse and carriage rides thru their beautiful streets, nicer parks, outstanding landscaping/flowers, museums, petting farms, historical monuments (the Bridge), military museum, campgrounds, fudge/ice cream/taffy/popcorn/sweet shops, some corny attractions, expand their own small historical museum, padde wheel boat rides, walking paths, public gardens, picnic areas, a huge plethora of locally owned small shops, typical businesses (grocery stores, fast food places, pharmacies, gas stations etc), boat launches, breweries, wine shops, cheese/sausage shops, and gosh only knows what else. Some people see that as growth, others over commercialization, most of us probably somewhere in between.
There is no where in he$$ you are not going to find expensive beer in a German tourist town. As far as the music, yes, being a Monday you won't find any German music, though did you ask anyone, if by chance there would be any around? I am guessing you did. I just read your reviews on your hotel and the Bavarian Inn. Well, I am very glad you liked your hotel and Bronner's. Those are both very nice places. I happen to love the Bavarian Inn, and I see you did order a German dish. I am sorry to hear it was that bad. We have had German food there several times over the years (I am about 20 miles from F'muth) and have had both good and poor German food. As far as their chicken, I have found people are very picky about their chicken, and this one wasn't for you-us-we love it. :)
Yes, there is shop after shop, but without shops, what kind shopping would you do? I happen to love the selection of shops in F'muth. I don't know what you were expecting on that note. Enlighten me. Did you like the Bridge, the flowers, the landscaping? The horse and carriages? Did you watch the Glockenspiel Tower and the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin? Here is a link to it that is very interesting:
I am happy you like your hotel and Bronner's and I am sorry you didn't hear any German music. And yes, it can be over commercialized. But I don't understand the rest of your disappointment, and I highly do not think it is a tourist trap. Really, after a lovely (per your review) stay at Marv Herzog Hotel, you can't "wait" to get out of town? Well, to each his own opinion, of course, and being on TA, it is good to hear both sides of the coin. Thank for telling us about your trip.