Kulturweg "Grafen, Gold und schwarzer Peter"
Every child knows the “Schwarzer Peter” card game (Old Maid). Less familiar is the fact that a historical figure is behind the game character: Johann Peter Petri, who was born in Burgen in the County of Veldenz in 1752. During the turbulent times of the French occupation he lost all his possessions, went to the bad and became a robber and murderer. The “Black Peter” is said to have invented the card game of the same name for himself and his fellow prisoners during his detainment from 1811 on. As many outlaws at that time the “real” Black Peter has a double character, whose bad side was amplified by social injustice. Thus Johann Peter Petri embodies the highs and lows of human existence in those times. The Black Peter symbolically questions the estimation of historical figures and the meaning of incidents and processes. In the card game the Black Peter experiences a reversal of values: Although one loses the game with his card, the Black Peter is doubtlessly an appealing figure par excellence.
The cultural trail leads through the history of the County of Veldenz. It relates important historical events, thrilling tales of counts, citizens and the Black Peter; it tells about territories and villages, of religious wars, of the life and work in preindustrial and modern times, as well as of architecture and viticulture. The trail of 47 km total length provides great views of the County of Veldenz, which formerly enclosed the Moselle villages Brauneberg, Mülheim, Veldenz, Burgen, Gornhausen and Andel as well as the Castle of Veldenz, the ancestral seat of the Counts of Veldenz. The cultural trail consists of several circular hiking trails and thus is approachable in sections.