Culture trail "Counts, Gold and Black Peter"
Johann Peter Petri, born 1752 in Burgen, County Veldenz. In the turbulent times of the French occupation he lost all his possessions, got on the wrong track and became a robber and murderer. During his prison years from 1811, Black Peter is said to have invented the card game of the same name for himself and his fellow prisoners. Like many outlaws of that time, the "real" Black Peter has a double character, the evil side of which was also strengthened by social injustices. In this respect, Johann Peter Petri embodies the ups and downs of human existence at that time. The Black Peter symbolically questions the appreciation of historical persons as well as the significance of events and processes. In the card game, Black Peter even experiences a reversal of values: although one loses the game with him, as a negative figure he is a popular figure par excellence.
The culture trail leads through the centuries of the county of Veldenz. It tells of historically significant circumstances, exciting stories of counts, citizens and the Black Peter, of territories and villages, of religious struggles and wars, of life and work in pre-industrial and modern times as well as of architecture and viticulture. Over a total length of 47 kilometres you can see the most beautiful views of the county of Veldenz (including the villages of Brauneberg, Mülheim, Veldenz, Burgen, Gornhausen and Andel on the Moselle as well as Veldenz Castle, the ancestral seat of the counts). The culture trail consists of several circular paths. It can also be hiked in individual sections.