Râmnicu Vâlcea Tourist Guide

A Walk in Râmnicu Vâlcea

About Râmnicu Vâlcea

Ramnicu Valcea is the county seat municipality of Valcea county. On the map of Romania, it is located somewhat in the center / south and is an important city of Oltenia. It is crossed by the rivers Olt and Olanesti, at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level, spread over 90 km2 and inhabited by ca. 100,000 inhabitants, of which over 90% are Orthodox Romanians. The etymology of the city’s name leads us to Slavic origins, “ramnic” coming from “raba” which means fish. In Romanian “ramnic” means a pond or a lake set up for raising fish.

Coordinates: 45°6′17″N 24°22′32″E

Visiting the city

I have been to Râmnicu Vâlcea many times, but only now have I written this short report about the city’s tourist attractions.

Route Map

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1. Start with the Tourist Info Center

Address: The Tourist Information Center is located on Tudor Vladimirescu Boulevard no. 23.

2. Zavoi Park

It is flanked by Splaiul Independentei, on the banks of the Olanesti River, and by Str. Stiberi Voda. It is a medium-sized park, with a circumference of just over 1 km. It is one of the oldest parks in the country with 170 years of life. The founder of Zavoi Park can be considered the ruler Barbu Stirbei. In this park the oath was sworn on the Constitution of the 1848 revolutionaries, and Anton Pann led here the choir that sang “Wake up, Romanians!”. Among the park’s attractions are the water lily and turtle pond, the flower islands, Zavoi Lake with its fountain, Zavoi Tavern, the restaurant on the island, Barbu Stirbei’s fountain, the playgrounds.

Zavoi Park

Zavoi Park

Zavoi Park

3. “Anton Pann” memorial house

The address is Stirbei Voda 4 (on Google it appears as Știrbei Vodă 18). It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The whole ticket costs 6 lei. Photo fee 100 lei !!!

It is a one-story house, built in the 18th century, where Anton Pann lived in the 19th century. It has several rooms that can be visited where old, painted furniture and other original objects, such as carpets, are kept. The museum is small and interesting, unfortunately with a very unwelcoming host, at least when I visited it. There is a bust of Anton Pann near the house.

Church “Cuv. Paraskiva”

The address is Calea lui Traian 133. It is actually located between the mentioned street and the parallel street Carol I.

Anton Pann House

Bust of Anton Pann

Anton Pann House

Church of St. Paraschiva

4. The Independence Monument

The address is Carol I street.

It is built on an elevated area above the street, thus standing out. From above, there is a perspective on the Revolution Square located in front of it. Independence is symbolized by a suffering woman in front of whom is an open book.

Square of the Revolution / Court / Tribunal

Scuarul Revolutei is a pedestrian connection in steps, which connects Carol I street with Calea lui Traian. It is flanked by the Court and the Tribunal.

We pass on Cpt. Negoescu str., next to the “”Toti Sfinții”” Church to reach

Independence Monument

Independence Monument

Independence Monument


Palace of Justice

Square of the Revolution

All Saints Church

5. History Museum / Art Museum / Library

History Museum

The address is Calea lui Traian 143. Open between 9 am and 7 pm except on Tuesdays and Sundays. The building was built in the 19th century and previously housed the “Clock School”. 2 cannons are displayed in front of her.

County Library “”Antim Ivireanul””

The address is 26 Carol I street. Open Monday – Friday between 9 am and 8 pm.

Antim the Ivirean was an ancient scholar and religious orator, typographer, draftsman and calligrapher. In the reading room you have access to the endowment of 85.00 book volumes.

“Casa Șimian” Art Museum

The address is 25 Carol I street. It is open daily between 9 am and 5 pm.

It is located opposite the library. The house belonged to the Simian family and represents the eclectic style. Here you can admire numerous paintings, art objects, icons.

History Museum

County library

Art Museum

6. Statue of Emperor Trajan

We continue on Carol I street until we reach the Archbishop of Ramnicului, in front of which is the Square of the Episcopate and the Statue of the Emperor Traian.

Trajan's statue

Trajan's statue

7. “Alexandru Lahovari” National College / Philharmonic

The address is 19 General Praporgescu Street.

Diagonally with Traian’s Statue, on the main boulevard of the city, Calea lui Traian, there is the building that I like the most and that houses the Ion Dumitrescu Philharmonic in one part of it, and “”behind”” the “Alexandru National College” Lahovari”.


Lahovari College

8. Church / Cetătuia Hermitage

The address is Dealul Malului street.

On Cetatuia Hill, it is worth making a detour to this holy place. There is also a car road that goes up to the top, but also a shortcut for a walk.

Citadel Church (Biserica Cetatuia)

Citadel Church (Biserica Cetatuia)


Tourism promotion is modest. By far the symbol and attraction of Râmnicu Vâlcea is the Zavoi Park.

All the best!